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Hungry by Android

Posted by shirleycurran on 25 Jun 2021

“Rather a long preamble”, we said,”and that setter name is new to us. A beginner?” (Later, we decided this must be a combination of a couple of setters or more – it showed all the signs of experienced compilers.) All the same, does he or she, or do they qualify as Listener setter oenophiles? A run through the clues gives a decided “Yes”.

‘Treated rum imbibed by half cut serf (5)’ We decide that treated rum must be ODD and we put it into SE(rf) (that’s after we have realised that this must be one of the clues where the solution has to be entered jumbled) and SODDE goes into our grid. Then we find that a ‘More horrid drunk abruptly rejected test (8)’ We cut the LUSH short and ‘reject’ him, giving SUL and add TRIER as the test, giving SULTRIER (and a T corrected misprint in ‘more torrid’). A horrid drunk with treated rum – not impressive yet, but then we find ‘Registering full case of gin (8)’ That’s more like it Android. Cheers! ENTIRE with the ‘case’ of GIN (GN) gives us a jumble of ENTERING.

It is lucky for us that the corrected wrong letters in the definitions soon spelled out a familiar quotation, ‘Tell me what thy lordly name is!’ so that we had some idea which solutions were to be entered as jumbles, though the ‘sensible’ answer CORVUS CORAX didn’t appear at once. The other Numpty, by then, had disappeared to prepare the dinner, muttering about the absurdity of Poe’s use of ‘Quoth’ and the ‘night’s Plutonian shore’ and his obsession with ‘Lenore’.

Full grid and the words GHASTLY, GRIM and ANCIENT, together with the poet, POE, outlining a sort of raven but then came the astonishingly clever part. As I carefully transferred those 29 cells and stood them on PALLAS, all the moved letters not only produced real words but also left them. (I was tempted to ‘overwrite’ the O of OUST too to give the BUST but realized that would not obey the statement that ‘the final grid contains only real words ‘LBIRE’ is not a word.) A stunning debut, Android, or a very clever joint compilation. Thank you.

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Listener No 4662: Hungry by Android

Posted by Dave Hennings on 25 Jun 2021

Another new setter this week, following on from last week’s puzzle from Lionheart. Here we had what looked like a normal grid, except that it was quite large at 14×13 with a lot of clues (54), and in places quite unchless.

To cap it all, we had a long preamble revealing that two thirds of the clues had a misprint spelling out a request and an answer, most of the rest having wordplay giving the entry which was a jumble of the definition, and the final clue having letters that needed removing before solving. These letters would need unjumbling to go below the grid in the space captioned Response.

The endgame looked tricky too!

With all that going on, I wasn’t surprised that solving was somewhat slow, but I liked the fact that the wordplay gave the jumbled version. (Part of me seems to think I’ve come across this device somewhere before, but not recently and I could be wrong. It was certainly entertaining.) I was pleased to get started with 1ac Witness short, roguish hunk (6) being a misprint clue (hunk for hunt) to give SEARCH, and switching to the downs, ADENI, CREM, INDOOR, AID and MEDIC soon got slotted in.

It wasn’t surprising that they were all misprint clues with the first jumbly provided by 5ac Senior regularly checks gun perhaps (7) [(S)E(n)I(o)R + DAMS being an anagram of SIDEARM]. The downs also helped with 16ac Checking current temperature, US hospital department English doctor backed (9) [I + T + ER + ENG + DR< for DETERRING]. I only got those two thanks to the down entries.

After that progress was reasonably steady with some entertaining misprints such as Yule for Yale, Crawley for Crowley and yikes for yokes. They eventually spelt out Tell me what thy lordly name is and Corvus Corax. The jumbles were also good fun, my favourite being 36ac Eagle (the first), say, to examine shrub (6) leading to MYRTLE [LEM + TRY with its reference to the first lunar module].

It came as no surprise to me that I would completely forget about the odd clue with its extraneous string of letters such that 54ac Small Vermeer not seen recently finally repaired (6) was one of the last I solved — Small t seen recently finally repaired (6) after NEVERMORE* had been removed. Thus we were in the land of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe.

It didn’t take too long to spot GHASTLY, GRIM and ANCIENT in the bottom left corner tracing out the shape of a raven with its foot provided by POE himself. All that had to be erased from the grid and moved somewhere else such that all jumbling was removed and only real words and phrases remained. Seeing LEMTRY in row 8 immediately put me on track to make that POETRY with the rest of the raven appearing above him and perching on a bust of PALLAS. (Lots of room for error there, methinks!)

Another excellent Listener with a fine piece of grid construction. Thanks a lot, Android.

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L4662: Hungry by Android

Posted by Encota on 25 Jun 2021

That was fun! And what a clever grid construction!

I loved how the non-words told us solvers where to look & move the Raven.

I knew well of the existence of the poem but not well enough to know that I would be searching for ANCIENT, GHASTLY and GRIM in the grid. So that provided a good excuse to re-read the poem.

The final grid containing all real words and phrase was a particularly neat touch. Android must have had a great time creating the grid!

Cheers all,

Tim / Encota

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