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‘Squares’ by Phi

Posted by Encota on 25 Aug 2017

First of all, thank you Phi for a clever and enjoyable puzzle.  Mine ended up looking like this:

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I particularly liked how each square had the colour required within it – especially the ‘folded’ yellow – and that we weren’t spoon-fed their existence in the Preamble.

But I had been somewhat surprised to see the puzzle’s theme – and below you’ll see why …

Last (at the time of writing) Saturday 29th July I was delighted to meet up with fellow setters and solvers at the regular, quarterly, Listener get-together in London.  Before the meeting and after a relaxing breakfast with one of my sons, he and I decided to visit Tate Modern.

And there I found a great idea for a puzzle.  I took photos so I could recall every detail.  On the way home on the train I started sketching how it might look in the Grid.  Then I put that aside for the rest of the week to let me deal with other ‘stuff’ that needed sorting.  This is what I had seen:


This was the artwork ‘Composition C’ by Piet Mondrian, details below:


So imagine my delight when I saw L4462 this weekend!  I am definitely counting myself very lucky that it appeared before I’d invested too much time in creating my own imitation.  Have any other setters experienced similar?*  I.e. been a (long?) way down the track with a new puzzle theme only to find someone else got there first?  Perhaps it is a lot more common than I realise?  If yes, I’d love to hear your Comments!


Tim / Encota

*Of course fellow blogger Dave Henning’s database does a great job of helping one avoid inadvertently using a previously deployed theme, or ensuring that a new use is different enough: it’s the time where new themes are hiding in the puzzle editor’s queues where the ‘fun’ starts!

One Response to “‘Squares’ by Phi”

  1. shirleycurran said

    Yes, Tim, indeed I have, and I got quite a long way into the setting before I decided I couldn’t do it. I was attempting to include only words for RED, YELLOW and BLUE in my coloured areas and it was just too ambitious. Phi has got round it nicely by using a single example of each word to indicate those colours.

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