Alphabet gloop

Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword.  This wasn’t going to be late but I got stuck on other projects this morning, so apologies to Llig.  Let’s get started, shall we?

We’ve had some verbose preambles lately so it’s good to see one that fits in less than two lines!  So there’s definitions misplaced and wordplay lacking two letters in a set of places.  The mysteries remain to be unraveled. OooooooOOoooOOo.

There is a 1 across, and ti’s a nice little subtraction for PLUS(h) so a big pass on the 1 across test and we are away!  I got a pretty good start on that top left corner and soon had P?ANTP?T at 1 down which looked like it should be PLANTPOT and the definition of DISPLAY goes somewhere else – like in the convenient scribble place to the right of the grid!  It was a steady crawl down the left side of the grid, with P?L?IS (PELVIS?) and ?RIN? (that could be anything) appearing and maybe the PLANT POT was the “base of trunk” though it would be a small trunk to fit in a PLANT POT (that’s what she said?).

?ISO?NS definitely works as DISOWNS with CASTS OFF though – so now I have confirmed LO and DW as unclued letters, there’s a pretty early penny drop – LO and DW are letter pairs you’d get if you started at the beginning and end of the alphabet and worked towards the middle – so that means PELVIS would be right, and ?END? becomes BENDY.

It was a pretty steady sail from there – the top right was the most stubborn particularly with the unlikely JQ pair belonging to an equally unlikely word, JACQUARD – it and HUMIFY were my last in.

My working grid for Listener 4320, Shrive by Llig

So that was a nice neat classical-style Listener!  I was rather taken with the construction and the “nothing but wordplay” approach that required no resorting to the Googles!  Thanks Llig.  Never did work out what the title meant, but.

2014 tally:  37-1-7

Scrap that – what the hell is AIDE doing there instead of AINE?  Reminding me of what a lazy terrible solver I can be at times.  Let’s make that 36-1-8

Feel free to let me know that I probably did use Google even when it wasn’t necessary, and see you next week when Xanthippe does a sequel to one of the first puzzles ever completely solved on this blog.

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2 Responses

  1. Aren’t SH RI and VE more of the same ‘from each end’pairs?

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