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Listener No 4461: Dilemma by Aedites

Posted by Dave Hennings on 18 Aug 2017

The previous Listener from Aedites was last year’s enjoyable romp around the pre-Trump American states and their nicknames. I don’t recall there being any dilemma about entering SHOW-ME (Missouri’s nickname) below the grid so I hoped there would be no endgame consternation this week either.

In fact, the whole puzzle came together nicely, with only definitional misprints in the acrosses to wrestle with. I did wonder why 23ac Leading character in case replaced by name like Ian in China? (6) led to a somewhat general definition of NATIVE as man in China?. I felt this was a bit vague (until I sussed it as Han in China?).

It was only when I was writing this blog that I noticed that I hadn’t crossed off the clue to 36ac Apparently raise temperature in dressed spud (7). I didn’t recall that it caused a problem, but as I stared at my entry HURRIED, I couldn’t work it out. Of course it was CURRIED (dressed) upped from Cold to Hot.

Before too long, I had the corrected misprints starting Haml t. I must admit to thinking “Oh no! Not again?” A scan of the database showed that Artix had used “These are but wild and whirling words, my lord” last year, with ‘Eck’s “I could be bounded in a nut-shell” in 2015.

Luckily, I could see that the remainder of the misprint corrections were trying to spell out Act Three, Scene one and “To be, or not to be, that is the question:” enabled TO BE OR NOT TO BE… IS THE to be pencilled into the grid in the shape of a ?, TH and E separated by one square.

After that, the grid was all finished fairly quickly, a little over an hour from start to end.

Not much more to say really, except thanks to Aedites. I hope, however, that there are a few years before the next Hamlet puzzle, although I suspect there are an awful lot of equally well-known extracts left.

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