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Get Me Out Of Here! by Nemo

Posted by Encota on 19 May 2017

First of all, thanks to Nemo for a tough, challenging puzzle!

So it wasn’t a reference to the TV feast that is “I Have Delusions of Being a Celebrity, GMOOH”, after all.  As an aside, I trust all in Listener land have passed the “Which one is Ant & which one is Dec?” test?  The best solution that I have been offered is:

  • They always stand in alphabetical order when viewed on your screen.


Meanwhile, back to the puzzle.  The PDM when spotting the theme was excellent, I thought.  Luckily the bottom right corner meant that there were few options for how it ended, so finding THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO was relatively straightforward.  I understand that some describe this as ‘the perfect short story’ and it is one that I haven’t yet read, so I will be doing so in the very near future (thanks again Listener for an educational prompt!).

So EDGAR ALLAN POE, MONTRESOR and FORTUNATO soon went in to fit with Row answers already in place and it took only a little more investigation to find the phrase (NEMO) ME IMPUNE LACESSIT from the story.

My poorly remembered Latin meant I struggled for a little with the lower phrase but when the word REQUIESCAT (rather than QUIESCAT that I’d been hunting for – d’oh!) popped to mind, then a small amount of research found the whole phrase and the thematic part was complete.  The first PDF of the short story that I found had ‘helpfully’ translated the Latin phrases out of it, which slowed me down a wee while!

As far as solving time was concerned I was at that stage, however, only about a third through this puzzle!  The path-based clues were a real challenge and I took half a day’s rest before coming back to sort out the last four or five.  Last few for me were:

  • 33.    Dad returned after imbibing one for Wally? (8)
    PARIETAL as PA + I in LATER<
  • 21.  Opponent of Huguenot siege, once (7)
    LEAGUER, dd
  • 22.  Drink at Ed’s pub a series of rounds (5)
    CHAIN, CHA IN, with the IN (clued as Ed’s pub) catching me out for ages,
    I won’t forget that one!
  • 13.  Rattly breath of spirit with short time to go (4)
    RALE, which initially I thought was a cryptic clue, until after the
    event I spotted (mo)RALE
  • 2.    Cooler?  This croaker may end up there (4)
    ICER, can’t really see why it’s this even though several of the words
    are relevant.  Luckily the checked letters sorted this one for me.  Is it just a
    morgue / chiller angle?  All hints welcomed

And prior to that, C3 Leaves navy of old coastal city (4), i.e.
TEAN had taken me ages, though it’s obvious in retrospect, like many good clues.  I spent far too long trying to apply the shoe-horn, assuming the answer (for some reason known only to myself) to be GOAN.

I did feel the need to double-check that each dot had been used once and once only, as my draft grid had got a bit ‘busy’ by the time I had indicated to myself which path was which.  I eventually opted for the diagram below, just to convince myself…


At least twice I ended up re-printing out the grid and trying to double-check which end dots I had – and hadn’t – already used, to try and get a bit more inspiration for the last few Answers above.

My favourite three clues all involved definitions that were not all they at first seemed:

   Dad returned after imbibing one for Wally? (8)

PARIETAL, with the definition of ‘Wally?’ for ‘wall-like’ raising a smile, and

   Wanton desire to receive a perk, possibly (5)

LEACH, with ‘perk’ being short for percolate a superb piece of deception, I felt!

And finally

   Break clean from a faction?

ROMAN A CLEF, with the deceptive definition of ‘faction’ for ‘fact-based fiction’ rather than its surface reading again making me grin!

With all the paths to chase down, this was one of the harder Listeners of the year so far.  The last five ‘meandering’ clues went in during the following day, which has been something of a rarity in 2017.


Tim / Encota

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