Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword, and part 4 in a 5-part series of “I’ve filled the grid, what now?”
Flying Tortoise (aka little Gamera) time – this is the third FT Listener, and it’s been an intriguing bag – the first had the theme of a musical I didn’t particularly care for, and the second was quiet controversial in using a quote that appears to have morphed through several editions of ODQ. Speaking of picking themes I don’t like, IQ is on a roll with those, following up a movie I thought was kind of meh with the most overrated band of the 80s. Hopefully that isn’t too spoilery.
OKeydoke – extra words, instructions, an experiment!!! Oooh, is this going to be Rutherford’s gold foil experiment where we get to wrap the grid around a spindle and draw electrons on it? It is a wider grid than normal… well no it isn’t, it’s only 12 by 9 and two of the cells have apparently already been filled in. Hmmm.
Well it looks like real words in the grid so let’s see where it goes.
There is a 1 across, and although it wasn’t that difficult a clue later on, I could not solve it at a first glance. For some reason I thought 3 across was BALLYHOO, despite having no justification anywhere in the clue for the B, Y or H.
It turns out to be a truly inspired incorrect answer, as in goes LEATHERN, LORN, ABEL and OPAQUELY and we are away! It was such a great incorrect answer that I had filled out nearly the entire rest of the grid before figuring 3 down had to be WOLOF and then it dawned that a Euro is a marsupial which has come up before, and in goes WALLAROO.
The rest of the grid fill wasn’t too bad, and the messages seemed to come together pretty neatly – I liked the part of using LANDS to mean L and S that were in the grid. Let the staring commence…
So what have we here… CUT OUT PRINTED L AND S
HALVE GRID VERTICALLY
SET GRID ON FIRE (wishful thinking)
PLACE R HALF ABOVE
SLIDE STRIPS OF THREE ROWS
The first two are easy! Out with the scissors!
I made a mess of the next part by thinking it said I had to put the R over the L part and slide. That made nothing. No, it has to be above…
Strips of three rows eh? More cutting.
Slide two strips – I guess I’m looking for something vertical… LORTHE? LEANIN.. that looks promising. LEANINGTO… is it going to be the LEANING TOWER OF PISA?
Yes, it is – AHA experiment! Galileo dropped two objects from the tower to show that gravity has the same effect (not having access to massless, weightless, tensionless strings). So the S object and the L object should fall together or hit the ground at the same time. I think I remember he used cannonballs, which totally makes sense to carry two heavy objects up a building whose centre of gravity is somewhere stage left. I like to think that he threw two pizzas off the tower, so here is my version.
I wonder if this one will also open Pandora’s can of worms if submissions are not accepted with the S and L on the ground, or being held by a cartoon Galileo. I guess I’ll wait and see how that all plays out and call this a Victory to George! Fun puzzle that, but the ending took almost as long as filling out the grid.
2016 tally: 15-2-2
Feel free to tell me about the worst trip to Pisa ever (I was enjoying the view of the tower and my wife and I got hit by cannonballs at the exact same time) and see you next week when Mountain Ledges asks us, for a change, to put characters in boxes.