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L4550: ‘Moving Up and Down’ by Ferret

Posted by Encota on 3 May 2019

One for film and music buffs this week.

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Funiculi Funicula, eh?

Hearing that it was whistled by Barbra Streisand’s character in the 1972 film What’s Up Doc was an interesting piece of trivia I picked up, esp as it was whilst following the pizza delivery man.

Talking of which, fans of the 1993 film ‘Super Mario Bros’ will recognise the tune to ‘Funiculi Funicula’ from the tones that begin every time MARIO and LUIGI appear. Those of you who’ve correctly completed this week’s Listener will of course have already followed the hidden instructions and highlighted MARIO & LUIGI jumbled in adjacent cells in the puzzle – see my grid to compare notes.

And speaking of brothers, you will also of course be very familiar with the English version of the song written by Robert and Richard SHERMAN in 1960 – in this case their surname is also shown jumbled and highlighted in the Grid.

And who can forget* the version of the same song by everyone’s favourite band, ALVIN & The Chipmunks, who appears lightly jumbled in the Grid as ANVIL.

Many thanks to Ferret for a gentle yet classy puzzle.

Cheers all,

Tim / Encota

*In the ‘earworm’ sense, of course.  Talking of earworms, did any solver ever visit Disneyland Paris, where another Sherman Brothers’ song, “It’s A Small World After All” played incessantly on one France Telecom-sponsored ride that we took our (then) young children on?  Over twenty years later and I still require therapy.  Perhaps the most contagious earworm of all time 😉
I dare you to listen to it on Spotify / Youtube / wherever.  For example at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jiaU0xbOKs  I think my favourite comment from those who dared to listen is, “They should use this in hostage negotiations”

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