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‘The Harmony of Ratios’ by Ifor

Posted by Encota on 20 February 2017

Another excellent Listener puzzle from Ifor – thanks!  There was so much accurate construction to like:

  • the symmetric positioning of the Chambers/champers highlighting (I suspect I wasn’t the only Listener aficionado thinking that Chambers was an essential item as part of a puzzle-setting kit for said desert island and surely could never be considered a luxury)
  • the inclusion of the Bible as OT and NT in TOTIENTS
  • the inclusion of the Complete works of Shakespeare via SCABBARD
  • plus the eight ‘chosen’ songs in FORELAY, AIRTRAP, TRAGULE, CATCHABLE, FILARIAL, SPORTING, TORMENTOR and DOATING

I also loved the title, which I interpreted as the Harmony (theme tune) of RAT (desert) + I (island) + Os (discs).  Hence the Creator must refer to the composer (Eric Coates) rather than the creator of the programme.

And, as an aside, isn’t TOTIENTS a strange word, with an even stranger definition!  It featured in a recent University Challenge quarter-final episode too.

Superb – thanks again to Ifor.

Tim / Encota

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