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Listener 4238: Typtoing in Grammar’s Footsteps by Jaques (or A Blog in the Style of)

Posted by Dave Hennings on 10 May 2013

A strange title, a strange preambles and some strange clue. Either it were part of the theme or Jaques and the editors was on drugs! Despite hoping the latter for, it was more likely the former. Each clue had an word extra (so much preferable than some of the clues), but every down answer was to be entered jumbly.

1 GLADE, 5 TUND (a word to me new) and 11 ENCLAVE are solved soon, giving ‘quick’, ‘undeservedly and ‘occasionally’ as the words extra, and it looked like we were on the lookout for quotation. However, the i, o and n didn’t correspond words in their clues to, so perhaps it were just a quote.

Listener 4238I’m not sure that the clues all had in them errors (12ac Will’s tempted Tendulkar — departs after deceptive ball seems OK … -ish), but it must have more than difficult at first sight been to get the grammar wrong or for the clue to read gibberishly.

For once, the lacking smooth surface readings in the clues was forgiven, but they conjured up some interesting images thenoneless and were hugely entertainsome. For some reason, I very liked much 28dn I’s appearing early in French city hawking thongs for RIEMS.

The letters initial of the extra words finally all read Quote and speaker in Brewer should be highlighted. I did suppose the first step ought have been to look for something that stood in out the grid. I did see EGO SUM in row 3, but really didn’t expect the quote to be quite as long as it out-turned. Instead, I looked just up Grammar in Brewer’s, and reward with the words of Sigismund:

Ego sum Imperator Romanorum, et supra grammaticam (‘I am the Roman Emperor and above grammar’).

That was wow! The central six letters of rows 3–9 spelled the quote out, and there be SIGISMUND in the bottom row. A shame that he wasn’t positioned central. But, of course, upon again reading the preamble, that sneaky little word ‘symmetrically’ made think me again. Rereading the entry in Brewer’s showed that it wasn’t just Sigismund any old, but Sigismund I, and the I following his name could be confidently highlit.

Listener 4238 My EntryFinally, it were only when I started writing this blog that I looked typto in Chambers up, and found that there is such a word: ‘to work at Greek grammar’. All endings had been neatly tied, although suspect I that many of you tied that particular end at the beginning right … right? Many thank for a fun puzzle, Jaques.

3 Responses to “Listener 4238: Typtoing in Grammar’s Footsteps by Jaques (or A Blog in the Style of)”

  1. shirleycurran said

    Your grammer and spelling were lovely!

  2. Jim360 said

    Was they though?

    I loved this blog it, was a great read!

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