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‘Bank Transfer’ by Calmac

Posted by Encota on 2 Jun 2017

I hear faint rumours that there are a few solvers that were fooled into thinking this Title described a bridge, namely (I understand) the Ponte Vecchio di Firenze, described in the poet H.W.Longfellow’s English-Italian translation, with the original apparently created/built by Taddeo Gaddi.  They even thought that 18ac’s answer ARNO referred to an account of the current flowing beneath it 🙂

However, with the title ‘Bank Transfer’ actually referring to financials, more specifically ‘the numbers’, this puzzle was actually a glorified Wordsearch where solvers had to find numbers hidden in the grid [Are you quite sure?  Ed.].  Most were hidden straightforwardly but two overlapped (as an added piece of difficulty), and one even started at the bottom of the grid and wrapped back around to the top.  Sneaky, eh?  If I’ve got it right then there were five to find (see grid below):

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There are other folk that suggest that I must have gone slightly doolally, trying to invent a more difficult puzzle than the one in front of me.  Some have even quietly said that I am definitely seeing things when I suggested there’s a famous crossword editor hiding in Column 2, too.  Coincidence?  I think not!

Cheers all,

Tim / Encota

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Bank Transfer by Calmac

Posted by shirleycurran on 2 Jun 2017

We are a long way from home, painting a fresco on a wall at the bottom of a cliff in the remote north of the Island of Ibiza, where Internet access is sporadic to say the least, so it was a relief when my blundering Ibizenco in an Internet cafe finally produced a Calmac crossword and not a Mash, a Sabre or a Quinapalus.

As we drove the half hour home, I was happily slotting solutions of these very fair and generous clues into the grid but I didn’t forget to check Calmac’s continued right to entry to the Listener Setters’ Oenophile Outfit, and, of course he confirmed it several times.

“Originator  of pithy saying is tense outside public house (8)” gave us AORIST around PH = APHORIST. Then we had “Unaccompanied male consuming liquor is travelling by coach (7)” STAG consuming GIN = STAGING. “Problem drinker, one now reformed (4)” was a WINO. Cheers! Calmac – see you at the bar.

By the time we reached home, something was emerging from our solving. “I believe this has something to do with the Arno,” says the other Numpty, “and those letter on the top row are spelling Ponte Vecchio.” “Firenze!” He announced moments later.

By this time, the corrected misprints were producing TADDEO GADDI and Auntie Google was needed only to confirm that it was H W LONGFELLOW who wrote in Italian and English an ode on the Ponte Vecchio, the 1345 bridge that was traditionally attributed to Taddeo Gaddi.

As usual we learned something new from this puzzle and enjoyed a gentle solve. Many thanks to Calmac.

The HARES? Of course they were enjoying the Florentine sunshine, one up there under the bridge and the other in a rather jumbled straight line.

Hot Florentine hares

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Listener No 4450: Bank Transfer by Calmac

Posted by Dave Hennings on 2 Jun 2017

Montezuma (and Atahualpa) and Franz Ferdinand (and Gavrilo Principe) have featured in Calmac’s previous two Listeners. This week featured either the return of Lloyds Bank to private ownership or a journey across the River Styx with Charon. [Actually, neither. Ed.]

Three entries were unclued, and a third of the clues had a misprint. The correct letters and unclued entries would enable a work and associated people to be identified.

All in all, this was one of the quickest Listeners for a very long time, not even 45 minutes. With most of the grid complete, a check on the unclueds (?) enabled PONTE VECCHIO, FIRENZE and H(enry) W(adsworth) LONGFELLOW to be fleshed out. The corrected misprints looked a bit odd, but when I had all eleven of them, TADDEO GADDI must be the culprit.

A bit of research revealed Il Ponte Vecchio di Firenze (The Old Bridge at Florence) as a work by Longfellow which begins:

Gaddi mi fece; il Ponte Vecchio sono;
Cinquecent’ anni giá sull’ Arno pianto
Il piede, come il suo Michele Santo
Piantó sul draco. Mentre ch’ io ragiono
Taddeo Gaddi built me. I am old,
Five centuries old. I plant my foot of stone
Upon the Arno, as Saint Michael’s own
Was planted on the dragon. Fold by fold

Thanks for an easy week, Calmac, and for introducing me to ‘superheat’ as an anagram of ‘Euphrates’!

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