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L4568: ‘Howsat!’ by Skylark

Posted by Encota on 6 Sep 2019

I think I can find 24 out of 42 entries with something of a ‘blue’ theme involved – especially those featuring sea, sadness or colours.  Definitely more that 21, so they are in the majority …

Was it only me that found it took ages to nail down the final few parsings?  I had a tentatively filled grid after about 20% of the time, then spent most of the rest of the time trying to make sense of around ten clues.  1d and 2d were the final two of these, where I’ve assumed that DOWN = ‘in flood’ (the BRB’s nounal definition 7 for ‘flood’ = ‘any great inflow or outflow … e.g. …of tears’ seems to support this) and that LOOS is a Scottish word for ‘loves’ (ah, I’ve just found this meaning of LOO in the BRB!).

Of course the theme was 1970s rock albums.  David Bowie’s LOW appeared on Row 2, Neil Young’s HARVEST on Row 12.  There was even the Pink Floyd Track DOGS (from ‘Animals’) on Row 5.  So, given many of the clues seemed to have a Blue tinge, then the missing album is clearly Bob Dylan’s TANGLED UP IN BLUE.  Not quite sure whether I need to call him BOBBY DYLAN or R ZIMMERMAN as the Creator to make it 10 letters but I’m sure JEG will be lenient.  Won’t he?

Or, alternatively, I submitted this.

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Finally I tried for a while to makes sense of the Title – then thought ‘So What?’.

Joking apart, a fun puzzle from Skylark – many thanks!

Cheers all,

Tim / Encota


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