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‘Sharp Work’ by Puffin

Posted by Encota on 3 November 2017

Thank you Puffin for a neat and straightforward puzzle.  As usual I initially found the preamble baffling (that is more a comment about me, not the puzzle), so pressed on regardless.  Some of the extra inserted words were quite easy to spot, which helped.

The initial letters soon started to spell out SIXTY SIX near the end and something that could be WICKETS, so it looked like some form of cricket and 1066 crossover, given that two of the unclued words also looked suspiciously like WILLIAM and HASTINGS.  Once ‘ten wickets for 66’ became clear then it only took a little research to find Arthur Mailey and his autobiography “10 for 66 and All That”.  So I wrote “1066 And All That” under the grid.

That left the 12 cells to highlight, on the diagonal?  Is this ONE IN THE EYED?  I suppose it must be.  I tried to look for some preamble-based justification for highlighting the last letter of SWEYED to make the arrow-head symmetric, but without any success.  And 24d looks like it can only sensibly be DEPOSED, so I went with that!

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Referring to my iPad version of Chambers I didn’t find the alternative spelling of TIGS as TYGS at 32a but did find it in Collins online.  When I re-checked the preamble and saw no mention of other dictionary sources I then checked the pristine new copy of Chambers – my prize from a Listener earlier this year and, sure enough, there was TYGS.  I’ll add updating BRB on iPad to my To Do list (that’s always easier than actually doing something, isn’t it?)

Good fun.  One of the easier Listeners of the year, which isn’t a bad thing – unless I have missed something significant (very possibly!).  Though, with a little trepidation, I suspect there’ll be at least a few very challenging ones lined up for the remainder of 2017 …

Tim / Encota

P.S.  Times Crossword Finals tomorrow – I look forward to seeing some of you there (Sat 4th Nov) or at The George, Southwark nearby.  Do stop and say hello!

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One Response to “‘Sharp Work’ by Puffin”

  1. Alastair Cuthbertson said

    And there was me thinking that it would be a puzzle with The Flying Scotsman as the theme as its number was the puzzle number!

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