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L4594 ‘Chat’ by Aedites

Posted by Encota on 6 March 2020

“Strangely know rarer cherub poet”

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Listener No 4594: Chat by Aedites

Posted by Dave Hennings on 6 March 2020

Only eight months since Aedites last Listener. That was based on Charles Kingsley’s The Water Babies, a Fairy Tale for a Land Baby. Before that, we had a Möbius strip and before that, Hamlet’s spiel. In fact he has had a generous smattering of mathematicallish puzzles. Going back many years, he actually did a few pure mathematical ones, but that was before my current run.

Not so this week. A few clashes and a misprint in every clue, not necessarily in the definition. Unlike some, I do like misprints. The correct versions of the misprints would show how to resolve the clashes and what embellishment would need to be added to the grid. I prayed that this would not need to much artistic ability.

There were some interesting clues here. 14ac Person with ferry beheaded donor (8) conjured up a positively barbaric practice, although it needed Chambers to see that the misprinted derry was an Australian word for RESENTER, “as in the phrase have a derry on (someone)” — eh?!!

I also liked 34ac Citrus hybrids wanted wasted semolina (8) as it reminded me that I probably hadn’t had that since I was about 12 years old. Don’t know why — I loved it! 2dn We hear yob you introducing fizzy drink for good digestion (7) for EUPEPSY, on the other hand, alluded to Pepsi Cola. This, together with its slightly earlier cousin Coca, is a work of the devil and tastes horrid in my humble opinion. I’ve no idea why they’re so popular. (And don’t get me started on Dr Pepper!!)

Luckily, Aedites treated us to some SPARE RIBS at 6dn Serb pair’s broken bones from a shoot, perhaps (9, two words), although you wouldn’t think so on first reading of the clue (shoot being the misprint for shoat, a young pig).

As for the clashes, it soon became apparent that they were symmetrically placed in the grid. It was slightly less apparent that the differences between their letter values gave 1–12. I did suss this just before the end, and was relieved that the corrected misprints started Enter difference as Roman numerals and a clock face appeared before me.

Finally, Time is two fifty led (and not for the first time in my Listener years) to Rupert Brooke’s The Old Vicarage, Grantchester with “Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?” I made sure that the hour hand I drew on the grid was shorter than the minute hand, otherwise it would look like a quarter past ten.

Thanks for an enjoyable puzzle, Aedites.

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L4558: ‘A Moral Story’ by Aedites

Posted by Encota on 28 June 2019

A gentle well-constructed puzzle – thanks Aedites.

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There was some tough vocab, of course, but with Chambers by my side that was fine.  I fell for the RHINE/RHEIN trap at 14ac initially, even with the big ‘hint of Cologne’.  And I had a less savoury alternative at 5d which I thankfully quickly discounted.

The added letter per clue meant that the Title of THE WATER BABIES – A FAIRY TALE FOR A LAND BABY appeared fairly quickly.  The K of KINGSLEY on the leading diagonal helped me confirm DAK as Indian mail, which was new to me, as part of the wordplay for 10d’s KNEAD.

And if I had a pound for every time I forget and re-discover ENS as meaning existence (33a) … I’d have about seven pounds 🙂


Tim / Encota

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Listener No 4558: A Moral Story by Aedites

Posted by Dave Hennings on 28 June 2019

Last year, Aedites had entries acting as though they were on a Möbius Strip, dropping off one side of the grid and appearing diagonally opposite. Before that, Hamlet and before that, American states. Fair to say then that Aedites gets around a bit. This week we were back in literary mode.

Extra letters in wordplay will spell out the title of a book with the perimeter being filled with five characters from it. No difficulty here, with the book quickly being identified as The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley, he of Westward Ho! fame. I have forgotten if I ever read the book, but if I did, the full title was news to me: The Water Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land-baby, although which words, if any, were to be hyphenated or the comma colon-ised was difficult to discern from the interweb.

With KINGSLEY to be highlighted in the leading NW–SE diagonal, all that remained was for the perimeter to be completed: MRS BEDONEBYASYOUDID (you’d have thought she’d have hyphenated her name a bit), MOTHER CAREY, ELLIE, GRIMES and TOM. Sadly, Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby (also unhyphenated) couldn’t make it this week.

All in all, a fairly easy one. Thanks, Aedites.

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A Moral Story by Aedites

Posted by shirleycurran on 28 June 2019

A Moral Story indeed. My primary school years were full of those and we hadn’t solved for long when a familiar title began to emerge in the letters produced by wordplay that were not to be entered in the grid. We already had enough letters of KINGSLEY to be fairly sure that our story was THE WATER BABIES but how could that title possibly extend to the 36 letters required to be extracted from 36 clues? We were too busy solving to check on our dear friend and ally Wiki but, had we done so, we would have seen that the full title is THE WATER BABIES A FAIRY TALE FOR A LAND BABY.

Yes, I was one of those land babies and, even at the age of six or so, wasn’t very fond of Piers Plowman, Puck of Pook’s Hill, the Flower Fairy Alphabet or The Water Babies – the texts our teachers insisted we read to turn us into good little children. However, that didn’t stop us enjoying Aedites gentle and generous clueing.

Of course I checked that Aedites retains his seat of honour in the Listener Setters’ Oenophile Assembly and he almost disgraced himself’ ‘Drunk in the river – the river in Köln? (5)’ indeed! We extracted an extra T from INTHE R* and stupidly entered RHINE into our grid – that slowed our filling of the grid (I should know better – we spend most of next month with our German relatives not too far from the RHEIN). Then there was ‘Smuggler seizing substantive drink in the past (5)’. By this time, we knew we needed an extra B and we know a MULE is a smuggler so ‘substantive’ had to be SB to produce MULSE. Very nice – cheers Aedites!

We needed Wiki again to remind us that the characters were TOM, ELLIE, MOTHER CAREY and MRS BEDONEBYASYOUDID  and all that was left to do was highlight KINGSLEY. What do I learn? It’s the 200th anniversary of his birth. We were expecting a crossword about the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings but I infinitely prefer a literary one. Many thanks, Aedites.

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