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L4618: ‘You Don’t Say’ by Stick Insect

Posted by Encota on 21 Aug 2020

First of all thanks to Stick Insect for a gentle and entertaining puzzle!

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one
But I can tell you anyhow
I’d rather see than be one

I enjoyed being re-introduced to the ‘purple cow’ poem, which made me smile.  I didn’t recognise the name Gelett Burgess but a little bit of research soon connected his name with the word ‘blurb’.

The clues were terse, even for the Listener, with several using only 3, 4 or 5 words – very efficient!

I liked some of the misprints, e.g. Good to engage walker on Ben Nevis (6), with ‘engage’ actually being a misprint ‘enrage’ and the clue parsing as G+ANGER.

This felt like one of the easier puzzles of recent times – though perhaps several in a row are now going to feel like that, coming so closely after ‘that Sabre’ at L4617!!

Perhaps the only pity was it was all over too quickly, though, as I have commented in the past, that is something of the joy of the Listener – settling down with the puzzle not quite knowing what one is faced with!

Thanks again to Stick Insect!

Tim / Encota

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