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Listener 4066 – Rentokil by Jago

Posted by erwinch on 15 January 2010

I thought that I would take this opportunity to display my attempts at origami, firstly with the required flapping version:
 
 
It was perhaps unfair on those without Internet access to have published this puzzle at a time when most libraries were closed for Christmas.  Even with Internet access, this was the origami bird that I first came across:
 
 
This results in a newly discovered bird, the cipa, or is it a twis (on the other side)?
 
 
At least it has the advantage of looking something like a wren.
 
I also had trouble interpreting the instructions correctly:
 
Fold grid to origami bird so one is head, see wing.
 
I took one to be a reference to the NW corner but what was see wingSEE appears along the wings, the NE/SW diagonal of the completed grid, but forms part of the bird’s back when folded.  It can also be traced out on the wing above WREN but that is not very convincing.  E appears in the SE corner so perhaps it should be read as SE E wing except that the tail feathers are not normally referred to as a wing as far as I know.  It was of course blindingly obvious that we were to look at the wing in order to see WREN!
 
Here is the unfolded solution:
 
 
I have nothing to say about the crossword part of the puzzle, which was straightforward, but it was good to see Pilcrow’s trick appear for a second consecutive week.
 
The reference in Brewer’s was one of appalling cruelty towards the tiny bird:
 
Wrenning Day,  St Stephen’s Day (26 December) used to be so called, because it was a local custom among villagers to stone a wren to death on that day in commemoration of the stoning of St Stephen.
 
 
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4 Responses to “Listener 4066 – Rentokil by Jago”

  1. Dear Erwinch,
    I loved the clarity of your photo – nothing like my odd set and I am glad I am not alone in reacting with distress to such appalling cruelty! I, too, had a go at that wren origami but, as I recount, mine ended up as a set of extremely frazzled nerves and a tiny squab of mangled paper.
    Shirley

  2. erwinch said

    Thank you Shirley although they are scans not photographs.  I was thinking about how different this puzzle would have been for me had it appeared just ten years earlier at Christmas 1999.  Firstly, I would have had to wait for the libraries to reopen on Tuesday to find out how to fold the required bird.  In the absence of a photocopier with an enlargement feature at the library, or later at work, I would probably have hand-drawn the completed grid on a large square of paper to practice on.  I would have been lucky to have finished before the next Listener was out and with the ragged scrap of newspaper intact.  I shall visit the library tomorrow (Monday) and report back on how easy or not it was to find the flapping crane.

    I wonder if they used the same origami model in the newspaper’s solution.  It would be telling if they had not used the newspaper grid there, a further indication that they have come to accept computers and the Internet as an integral part of the Listener.  Can you imagine what we might be doing by Christmas 2019?  Perhaps we will all be sitting around a virtual table, discussing the puzzles as if in the same room.

    A final thought for the poor wrens, the victims in all this.  They are a very difficult target to hit with a stone although it would depend on how many evil villagers were after them – they would certainly be terrorised.

  3. Good post. I just found this Origami-inspired Twitter icon at Digg, which you can use on your blog if it is running WordPress.

  4. erwinch said

    Well, I looked in two libraries (Hitchin and Letchworth) and several bookshops but found no books on origami at all.  You can of course order them from the likes of Amazon but it would seem to be a pursuit that has largely surrendered to the Internet.

    Perhaps the title should have given some indication as to the required origami bird since there are so many and the crane was so unlike a wren.  My suggestion: Rentokil, All in a Flap.

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