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‘Bank Transfer’ by Calmac

Posted by Encota on 2 Jun 2017

I hear faint rumours that there are a few solvers that were fooled into thinking this Title described a bridge, namely (I understand) the Ponte Vecchio di Firenze, described in the poet H.W.Longfellow’s English-Italian translation, with the original apparently created/built by Taddeo Gaddi.  They even thought that 18ac’s answer ARNO referred to an account of the current flowing beneath it 🙂

However, with the title ‘Bank Transfer’ actually referring to financials, more specifically ‘the numbers’, this puzzle was actually a glorified Wordsearch where solvers had to find numbers hidden in the grid [Are you quite sure?  Ed.].  Most were hidden straightforwardly but two overlapped (as an added piece of difficulty), and one even started at the bottom of the grid and wrapped back around to the top.  Sneaky, eh?  If I’ve got it right then there were five to find (see grid below):

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There are other folk that suggest that I must have gone slightly doolally, trying to invent a more difficult puzzle than the one in front of me.  Some have even quietly said that I am definitely seeing things when I suggested there’s a famous crossword editor hiding in Column 2, too.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Cheers all,

Tim / Encota

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