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L4540: ‘Chalked Up’ by Nudd

Posted by Encota on 22 February 2019

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Many thanks to Nudd for a fun puzzle.  I solved this one overnight on the Eurostar from the UK to Moutiers and, what with having to hand-draw the grid as I only had the puzzle on-screen, it took me to somewhere North of Paris to complete.  I think, if you screw your eyes up and look at it in a certain light, then even my representation above looks similar to the WHITE HORSE of UFFINGTON, to be found on WHITE-HORSE HILL.

I particularly liked how there was no ambiguity at all as to which letters needed to be used to form the final ‘white horse’ – and the 3, 4, 10 & 11 letter info in the Preamble made it a pleasure to solve.


Tim / Encota

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Chalked Up by Nudd

Posted by shirleycurran on 22 February 2019

We’ve seen Nudd’s colourful and artistic grids before so we greeted the preamble of this one with pleasure. The preamble was not too daunting and the other Numpty was off like a horse that has scented its stable, solving these very generous clues at such a gallop that I could barely write fast enough. We were mildly worried about the speed of the grid fill as we cantered over the finish line with just a handful of word plays still to understand in well under an hour. What fearsome end game did Nudd have in store for us?

I barely had time to check for the alcohol content and Nudd was being rather sly about it. ‘Not to mention the French stock (8, two words)’ gave us ‘LE TALON’ and we guessed that an E was missing from the word play so ‘Let alone’. We assumed it ws a stock of vintage, so ‘Cheers, Nudd!

“A work of art in chalk?” said the other Numpty – “that must be The White Horse of Uffington.” and he disappeared with his grid to mark those missing word play letters while I struggled with the last few clues where we had the answers but hadn’t worked out how. Which of the old words for grey was going to come out of OGREISH? (GRISE, GRIS?)’Antique grey, like a fearsome giant (7)’. Well the final art work resolved that one and we removed the O, E and H, giving us one of the two that had to lose three letters. HSE came out of HOISE when we raised IO (priestess of Hera) skyward and that gave us more evidence that we were going to draw a horse.

‘Draws knowing gesture from brainless American (4)’. We worked backwards from TIES with the S clearly missing from the word play as we needed it for the horse’s lower leg. ‘Twinkie’, said my niece who is here for a ski-break, so we removed wink, and with it our final problem. We joined up those 28 letters with four curves, checked with Google and agreed that this was another fine compilation by Nudd.

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Listener No 4452: Bobs by Nud

Posted by Dave Hennings on 18 June 2017

My first thought on reading that this puzzle was about a night out with the lads was that Shirley would be in seventh heaven at the thought of all the alcohol. Or perhaps Nud’s mates are coffee-shop-aholics! Boring!

1ac and 1dn soon put paid to that. ACCOSTS and ABETTERS (soon to become ABETTORS) immediately indicated that we were dealing with double letters that presumably would become one, the sort of thing that a few pints of beer would lead to. It also meant that Nud was in fact Nudd (as I had already suspected).

After about 45 minutes, I had half of the grid filled. I could also see a mish-mash of letters in the NW–SE diagonal but SHA•••RA•HY• running NW–SE. Since the word we were looking for was only 11 letters, it didn’t take long to guess that HAPLOGRAPHY was the word that described what we were doing.

In fact, this was a word that was new to me and which Chambers gives as “the inadvertent writing once of what should have been written twice”. Now, I’m sorry, but surely this trait does not warrant a word in its own right. Unless there is a common tropical disease that induces this in its victims!

Just over ninety minutes in total saw this puzzle complete. It was only when I solved 21dn Perviate roof? Auditor’s to check (6, two words) that I discovered that a pair of letters could be haplographed such that RAIN IN became RAIN, and the same with ANA[NA], ORO[RO]TUND and TI[TI]AN.

So thanks to Nudd for his Boobs — an enjoyable couple of hours.

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Bobs by Nud

Posted by shirleycurran on 16 June 2017

“Nud?” I queried “Surely there can’t be a Nud as well as the Nudd who is (with Shark) part of the Rood combination that won the Ascot Gold Cup a couple of years ago”. We solved our first clue and smiled as APPS had to be entered as APS. “They are BOOBS, not BOBS, aren’t they?” said the other numpty and we were off with a steady grid fill that kept us smiling all the way and was nicely completed in time for dinner. It became easier when we had the framework of a word that we could enter into TEA doubling up the most likely letter (or pair of letters) that had to be omitted from the entered word.

Of course, I don’t have to confirm Nudd’s continued membership of the Listener Setters’ Tipsy Club. The preamble said it all; “The setter accepts that it was not a good idea to populate the grid on that night out with the lads …” However, his clues added evidence. ‘In Fort William buy early English drink (6)’ looked promising but proved to be a disappointment as COFF + EE merely gave us COFFEE that had to be entered as COFE – but perhaps Nudd needed that strong drink after ‘Half heartedly Lapp sees off rice drinks (8)’ giving SA[a}M + SHOOS  which gave us rather potent alcoholic fermented rice drinks, SAMSHOOS, to be entered as SAMSHOS. No wonder he was abandoning the bar later on. ‘Crossing river, don’t use abandoned bar (6)’. SPARE, going round R(iver) giving us the obsolete word SPARRE.

The grid filled nicely but we were temporarily flummoxed by the three cells where we had to enter ANANA (Pineapple accepted by head of Australia (5)’ That gave us A(ccepted) and NANA,an Australian slang word for ‘head’ but we were not sure how we were going to omit one of a pair of letters from that. Of course, TITIAN solved our problem (Note dish in striking red colour (6)’ giving us TI + TIAN), so that we realized that we were going to omit the pairs of letters in those two words (and, of course, in that lovely word for ‘sonorous’ OROROTUND with such a delightfully deceptive clue, ‘Sonorous old canon’s jazz in the middle (9)’ O + ROUND circling ROT).

I expected the 11-letter word to appear in the leading diagonal, but it was not to be. ?A???GRAPHY appeared in the other diagonal and, of the words Chambers offered, HAPLOGRAPHY was clearly the one we had to highlight. Great fun, thank you Nudd.

The HARES? They are multiplying! There were a couple entangled at the top right of the grid and a third at the opposite corner. A real hare bonanza!


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Paint My Old LP by Nudd

Posted by shirleycurran on 26 August 2016

Yellow Submarine 001What an unusual grid! Not symmetrical and with so many short clues! We are going to discover a group of four artists and four of the artists’ works ‘discoloured’, then there’s a very promising ‘grid shading instruction’ in store for us that will ‘rectify one of the omissions’. Clearly we are going to colour one of those ‘works’, so I smile and get my pencils ready.

First, of course, I confirm Nudd’s right to retain his topers’ club membership card and he doesn’t disappoint. He starts off in Indiana, ‘Public houses within Indiana succeeded (4)’ giving IN [I]N + S. He’s there for the cocktail. ‘Trusting cocktail of elaterin (7)’ giving RELIANT with an extra E. I have to see what cocktail he’s on and Chambers tells me elaterin is a purgative produced by the juice of the squirting cucumber. Oh dear!

Soon we find ‘Fools consuming European ales, say (5)’ giving us BERKS round E – BEERS with an extra K; a slight improvement on the elaterin but it doesn’t last. Two clues further down we find ‘Water jug to remain away from tepid beer (4)’ That’s BE (remain) extracted from LEW BEER leaving EWER. OK, we have a jug now but the beers seem to have become tepid. There’s a little hope when we find ourselves in CAFES, ‘Diners, wine flasks less accepted (5)’ CA[R]AFES less A(ccepted) but shortly he’s back on the ales and turfed out of the cafes. ‘Doctor’s rival drinks in dock (5)’ (It was a lovely little clue though wasn’t it? ALE[S] in DK giving DALEK, Dr Who’s rival).

I’m despairing for Nudd until a gleam of light, Islay, appears in the last clue but hope is dashed. ‘Islay’s more weak when grain free (3)’. We take the GR from M[E]AGRE and find MAE – Islay’s ‘more’. I’m not sure we’d want much more grain-free Islay malt, but it was another fine clue wasn’t it?

Our grid is rapidly filling and we have spotted our group of four. BEADLES changes to BEATLES, providing the one-cell clash and our extra letters spell out (with my additions) WHITE ALBUM, BLUE JAY WAY, OLD BROWN SHOE (familiar but not our old favourites, ‘Imagine’, ‘Yesterday’ or ‘Let It Be’) and YELLOW SUBMARINE (we who frequently fly through Liverpool Airport with its horrid smelly carpets are so familiar with that!), then the instruction MAKE LETTERS OF TITLE YELLOW, THE REST BLUE.

It’s all fun from that moment on and how realistic  Nudd’s portrayal of that oh so familiar record cover is! I love puzzles where we have a clear instruction that leads to a cheerfully coloured grid – give me a set of approachable clues that lead to a coherent message and a familiar picture any day in preference to a double Playfair or a carte-blanche with jumbles where letters leap from clue to clue. (The only thing missing was that the Yellow Submarine wasn’t torpedoing a Playfair square!) Thank you, Nudd.

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