Listen With Others

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin

Posts Tagged ‘Twin’

CRNT by Twin

Posted by shirleycurran on 20 March 2020

We often say that we learn a lot from Listener crosswords. The other Numpty woke me this morning saying that he had understood the CRNT of the title. “Of course, those are the letters missing from CLARK KENT when you write KAL EL”. I had never heard of Clark Kent or Kal El until last night. In asking Twin for a setter’s blog for his puzzle, I commented that he must be of a very different generation from me and he responded, amusingly, that this was his revenge for all the poetry he had had to look up after solving Listener crosswords. Touché!

Yes, I had heard of Spiderman, Batman, Robin, Flash and even Iron Man but hadn’t a clue about their real names and we came to those clues in a rather backward way, having decided, with an almost full grid, that those super heroes had to fill our empty cells, but not understanding the clues at all, or why they were the disguised versions of five ‘two word answers’.

It took my dear ally Wiki to tell me that Bruce Wayne is Batman, Barry Allen is Flash, Tony Stark is Iron Man, Dick Grayson is Robin and Peter Parker Spiderman (how can I have wasted my youth reading all of Shakespeare’s plays and learning poetry off by heart when those gems awaited me?) However, we didn’t really need to work out those clues as Twin’s clues were generous and, with a couple of missing letters, we had the message HIGHLIGHT KAL EL IN RED AND THIRTY-THREE LETTERS IN YELLOW. That was when Wiki told me that Kal El was the name of Superman when he came from the Planet Krypton and was adopted and given the name of Clark Kent.

I am sure I am not the only solver who scoured the grid for ages looking for one of his names before realising that, if we highlighted all the letters of Kal El in red and the spaces in yellow, we produced that thing Superman has on his chest (please will some aficionado tell me what it’s called.) A most satisfactory penny-drop moment – so thank you, Twin, for the education and the puzzle.

Oh yes, Twin, of course, confirmed his membership of the Listner setters’ topers’ outfit. The very first clue we solved was ‘Dry resort of Cowes (4)’ which gave us SECO* with an extra W. Then we found ‘Volume from Napa wine scholars (8)’ What a fine clue! We decided volume in the Napa Valley can be a LITER and that Twin has resorted to that crossword chestnut ASTI to produce his extra S and the LITERATI of ‘scholars’ (obviously comic book scholars!) Cheers, Twin – see you with your Asti at the bar in Stratford?

Posted in Solving Blogs | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

Listener No 4596: CRNT by Twin

Posted by Dave Hennings on 20 March 2020

This was Twin’s fourth Listener outing, following on from Agatha Christie’s Orient Express, Doctor Who’s Tardis and, only four months ago, Connect-4.

Five clues consisted of wordplay only leading to thematic two-word answers that had to be disguised before entry. That in itself sounded intriguing. The extra letters in the wordplay in the remaining clues would give an instruction that had to be followed.

Great fun here with Spiderman and Iron Man giving the game away without too much difficulty. I needed to google for the names of the Flash and Iron Man, but (sadly?) I knew the others.

Flash Barry Allen (among others)
Spiderman Peter Parker
Iron Man Tony Stark
Batman Bruce Wayne
Robin Dick Grayson

That just left the instruction to be revealed as Highlight Kal-El in red and thirty three cells in yellow. E voilà, ClaRk keNT’s Superman logo.

Thanks for a super (pun intended) puzzle, Twin.

Posted in Solving Blogs | Tagged: , | Leave a Comment »

L4596: CRNT by Twin

Posted by Encota on 20 March 2020

This was a visually attractive and nicely created grid! Thanks Twin!

I found this a gentle puzzle, which is always a fun feature of The Listener where, apart from the Setter’s pseudonym, one is given very little advance warning of the level of difficulty that is in store.

I learnt a new word at 6ac in WOOPIE, so thanks for that – and for something to aspire to!

The five ‘alter ego’ clues were well disguised, I felt. My knowledge of such characters is fairly low (I love the wit of Deadpool, having said that!), though I did surprise myself remembering Kal-El.

Oh, and the Title? C(la)R(kke)NT seems to explain it!

Thanks once again to Twin for an enjoyable puzzle.

Tim / Encota

Posted in Solving Blogs | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

L4576: Striving by Twin

Posted by Encota on 1 November 2019

What is the Question? To Life, the Universe and Everything? Apparently it is What Is The Maximum Number Of Moves Possible in The Game Connect-4? And perhaps not the implication that the Universe counts in Base 13 from the “What is 9 x 6?” suggestion in the HHG2TG series after all.

Lots going on in this puzzle! First letters of spare words in most clues give the two instructions:

  • The first of these led to a new phrase: SPARE WORDS LAST LETTERS ARE MOVES IN COLUMNS A TO G.

At this stage anyone who had been guessing that the theme might be the game Connect-4 would most likely feel that the Penny had indeed dropped in the right place.

Six clues had secondary answers not to be put into the Grid. Working backwards and forwards I determined, I hope correctly, that these were CAPTAIN’S MISTRESS: SHADE FOUR WINNING DISCS. As an aside I’ve no real idea why the game is/was also called Captain’s Mistress. Ideas ‘on a postcard’ please (i.e. via Comments).

Shade those ones in and it is a welcome win for (Blue) Player 2.

And the Title as a cryptic synonym for Six-in-a Row? It seems strange to have embedded the Roman for six, VI, in a word for Row, i.e. STRING leading to STRI(VI)NG, instead of four? Maybe.

Tim / Encota

Posted in Solving Blogs | Tagged: , , | 3 Comments »

Striving by Twin

Posted by shirleycurran on 1 November 2019

Our first run through Twin’s clues produced a number of solutions, EH WHOW, for example, where we saw a hidden pair of Scottish words when we had removed ‘engulf’ ‘Some in Nineveh who [engulf] warriers lament for Queen of the South (6, two words)’. CEORL, TASSET, MONIST, AVALE, HAEMIC, TRACEUR – these were not the words we usually introduce into the Numpty dinnertime discussions and there had to be a reason for them that became evident when those initial letters of ‘spare’ words spelled out READ TOP LEFT OF EACH SQUARE and DRAW ALL DISC OUTLINES.

Of course, knowing that there was a message there helped us to complete our gridfill and we found yet another message in those ‘top left’ letters: SPARE WORDS LAST LETTERS ARE MOVES IN COLUMS A TO G.

No, I hadn’t forgotten to confirm that Twin retains his entry ticket for the next Listener Setters’ Oenophile Knees-up and, indeed, with a stunning compilation like this we’ll be raising our glasses at the bar. That’s if his ‘religious adherent’ hasn’t managed to enact some kind of prohibition: ‘Religious adherent’s eagerness to close pub up, any number inside drinking (7)’

Those ‘remaining clues’ that were ‘actually two clues overlapping, one for the grid entry and another for a word of the same length, whose definition is the overlapping part’ were the hardest to solve. We put ZEST around a rising INN, giving ZENNIST, then put WINING (drinking) around N (any number) and produced WINNING as the fifth of the ‘non-grid answers’ (grateful for those guiding letters CMSFWD that condirmed which clues were giving us the words). So cheers, Twin!

‘Regiment panics at …’ had produced CAPTAINS as an anagram, and we worked out that ‘Film about bodyguard’ was MIST RE SS. As usual, time for Wiki who tells us that ‘The Captain’s Mistress is supposedly the game that so engrossed Captain Cook during his long voyages, that his crew gave it the name that has stuck to this day. Modern day copies such as Connect-4 are simply rehashed versions of this game.’

Now we understand why we have to treat the grid as 42 two-by-two squares. I label my seven columns A to G and find, with astonishment, that the last letters of those 42 ‘spare’ words all end with A,B,C,D,E,F, or G.  What a feat to have managed to spell out the message with the first letters of those words, and still divide them into six sets that would produce a successful Connect Four game (even if that did lead to some rather shaky candidates like ‘eighty-one’, ‘Ford’,  and IMDb).

Wiki tells me that the first player will always win if he plays correctly but my green played first and I find a row of four orange counters in my grid so I now have to SHADE FOUR WINNING (orange) DISCS and create a new grid where, using ‘two alternate colours’ I draw disc outlines (alternate, obviously, as the players have to insert their discs into the ‘grid’ in turn).

What a superb compilation. Many thanks to Twin.

Posted in Solving Blogs | Tagged: , , | 1 Comment »