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Listener No 4475: Follow the Directions by Artix

Posted by Dave Hennings on 24 November 2017

Last year’s Artix had Hamlet’s “These are but wild and whirling words” theme. This week, we had a bit of cutting and pasting in store, not seen since Flying Tortoise’s Galileo puzzle. Artix is normally one tricky cluesmith, but this week’s grid was finished in a little over an hour. (Or did I not read my timer correctly?)

So you know what came next? A bit of grid-staring, of course. I suspect that anybody who’s a competent mathematician probably knew what sort of 7-sided shape we must be talking about. It was obviously not restricted to the lines of the grid as that would, I think, always produce an even-sided figure.

I was beginning to toy with a sort of diamond when I saw the ARROW of NARROW at 28dn, and there at the top of the column was HEAD + S leading to ARROW-HEADS. Kerching! It didn’t take long to see WARD and HO crossing that description of the arrow-shaped figure, and WEST was at the end of row 3.

I decided to park that idea for the time being and see if I could find the hero and his first love. I got slightly side-tracked by SALEM, USA in row 5 and PONGO in column 2, but LEIGH in column 6 looked promising. However, AMYAS seemed a bizarre first name, so I continued and found ROSE SALTERNE in column 11.

Never having read the novel, it was time to resort to Google and check to see if those two characters meshed with WESTWARD HO by Charles Kingsley. And so they did. And so also did he have a bizarre first name (much like today’s celebrity offspring).

After that, it was straightforward to cut up a copy of my grid, create the two arrow shapes, and then stick them together to form a ten-sided figure with AYACANORA visible, once AURA was changed to AORA.

Thanks for an entertaining puzzle, Artix. It’s always nice when some detective work is required to find the correct solution.
 

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2 Responses to “Listener No 4475: Follow the Directions by Artix”

  1. Encota said

    Dave, I think that must be candidate for GIF of the year – great stuff!

  2. shirleycurran said

    Yes, wonderful graphics. You obviously get your scissors, as we do, from IKEA where they were giving away three excellent pairs for less than €3 this week.

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