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It’s Dark Up Here by Colleague

Posted by Encota on 1 April 2017

I’ve just noticed that the splendid efforts I thought I’d put in on the evening before driving up to Newcastle for the annual Listener dinner had come to naught – as clearly I’d left my blog post on ‘It’s Dark Up Here’ somewhere in the depths of one of my browsers and so it didn’t appear here yesterday afternoon.  OOPS!  Take two…

What a fine puzzle and a great theme, or should I say pair of themes – thanks Colleague!

Clearly the fact that MARTIN, PAUL, ANN, HOWARD, HILDA could be jumbled to show that they HAD WORLD HUMANITARIAN PLAN was a vital part of the puzzle.
[Eh???: Ed]

The TV show EVER DECREASING CIRCLES was one of those programmes I recall enjoying.  The oozlum bird however was complete news to me.  Part of 23d perhaps hinted at what was to come – and the Title made me laugh out loud!

The last part I sorted was the eight ‘circles’ in the Down clues of ever decreasing lengths.  I’d found around four of them for certain and two or three other possible – and then was delighted when the word lengths from 10 chars down to 3 became apparent, namely:

CIRCASSIAN
ANTARCTIC
VIRTUOUS
TRAFFIC
FAMILY
DRESS
CROP
HUT

I spent probably too long at the end deciding how to represent the two overlapping characters when the OOZLUM BIRD’s (presumably?) bill disappeared up where the sun doesn’t shine.  Should the Os be inside the loops of the R and D?  Should the R and D be inside the Os? Or should they just share cells?  None seemed wrong and one could argue the case for any of them, I think.

Many thanks again to Colleague.

Tim / Encota

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One Response to “It’s Dark Up Here by Colleague”

  1. shirleycurran said

    Yes, I, too, was worried about the way to indicate that it flew up its own rectum but the Listener site has calmed my anxiety since we are told that any representation of the couple of pairs of letters in those two cells was accepted.

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