CASE-SENSITIVE

WELCOME BACK TO GEORGE VS THE LISTENER, YOUR WEEKLY DESTINATION FOR ALL THINGS LISTENERYSOLVEY.  THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY PICCADILLY, WHO TO ME IS A NEW SETTER, BUT ACCORDING TO THE LISTENER WEBSITE, IS MAKING A TRIUMPHANT RETURN AFTER AN 11-YEAR ABSENCE, SO HI PICCADILLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING IN!

WHAT HAVE WE HERE?  NINE CLUES WITH EXTRA LETTERS IN WORDPLAY, AND THE ANSWERS ARE REPLACED, WHATEVER THAT MEANS, THEN THERE’S SOME INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE GRID.  IT APPEARS OUR LUCK FROM LAST WEEK IS SPILLING OVER, THE GRID PRESUMABLY (AT LEAST INITIALLY) CONTAINS ALL REAL WORDS.

NOT ONLY THAT BUT THERE IS A 1 ACROSS – AND IT IS A SWITCH OF I FOR T IN CAPTAIN TO GET CAPSTAN AND WE ARE AWAY!

ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AFTER CAME ONE OF THE EXTRA LETTERS IN WORDPLAY ENTRIES – 3 DOWN WAS CLEARLY AO DAI WITH AN EXTRA E, AND THE POSITION WHERE IT WENT HAD FIVE CHARACTERS BUT WITH THE FIRST ONE BEING AN S WE CLEARLY WERE NOT IN JUMBLY TERRITORY.  SOON AFTER CAME ANOTHER – WITH UM-A-T IN PLACE, IT REALLY LOOKED LIKE 17 ACROSS WAS GOING TO BE UMLAUT, WHICH CERTAINLY DIDN’T FIT THE DEFINITION OR WORDPLAY IN THE CLUE (NEITHER OF WHICH I HAD SOLVED AT THE TIME).

THE PENNY DROPPED ON SOLVING 10 DOWN AS LAVALLIERES – THE LETTERS I HAD IN THE GRID REALLY SEEMED TO BE POINTING AT GRAVE ACCENT – JUST AS 12 DOWN LOOKED LIKE ACUTE ACCENT, AND THERE INDEED IS AN ACCENT GRAVE IN LAVALLIERES.  AAAAH – AO DAI HAS A SPACE IN IT.  LOOKS LIKE THE EXTRA WORDPLAY LETTER ANSWERS ARE GOING TO BE SOME FORM OF CHARACTER THAT IS USUALLY OVERLOOKED WHEN ENTERING AN ANSWER INTO A GRID (UNLESS THE GRID IS ABOUT GERMAN KNIGHTS).

FROM THERE IT WAS AN INTERESTING SOLVING SPREE – ALTERNATING BETWEEN SEEING A WORD WITH AN ACCENT OR ANOTHER CHARACTER IN IT (LIKE UKIYO-E) AND SLOTTING IT INTO THE GRID, OR SEEING A GRID ENTRY THAT COULD BE AN ACCENT – LIKE THE AFOREMENTIONED UMLAUT WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE GRAFIN, AND RUM WITH A CEDILLA HAS TO BE CACHACA, WHICH I DEVELOPED A TASTE FOR IN BRAZIL A FEW YEARS AGO.  MMMMMM

AND THEN THE HEART-DROPPING MOMENT, WITH ONLY TWO OF THOSE CLUES LEFT TO SOLVE, THE EXTRA LETTERS READ ERSOCAL, WHICH IS AN W AND AN E AWAY FROM LOWERCASE, WHERE ALL THOSE ACCENTS WOULD DEFINITELY BE SEEN.

I DEFY YOU PICCADILLY – I’M NOT GOING TO REWRITE THAT GRID IN LOWER CASE.  IN FACT I’M GOING TO KEEP IT IN UPPER CASE AND WRITE THIS IN UPPER CASE SO THERE!

YEP – WITH GRAFIN AND SENOR SORTED OUT IT IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE LOWERCASE… AND I HAVE A GRID!

My working grid for Listener 4372, Seldom Seen by Piccadilly

THIS WAS A PRETTY SLICK SOLVE, I WAS DEFINITELY ON PICCADILLY’S WAVELENGTH WITH THE CLUES AND THE WHOLE PUZZLE WAS COMPLETED IN A LITTLE UNDER AN HOUR.  IT WAS FUN – VERY NEAT WORK IN FINDING ANSWERS WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF LETTERS AS THE FEATURE THAT BECAME THE GRID ENTRY.  AND I THINK WE CAN CALL IT A VICTORY TO GEORGE AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ THESE CAPITALS FOR MUCH LONGER.  WOOOHOOO

2015 TALLY – 37-2-5

FEEL FREE TO TELL ME THAT YOUR HEAD IS HURTING JUST FROM READING THIS AND SEE YOU NEXT WEEK WHEN KEA GIVES US A NUMERICAL PUZZLE THAT IS APPARENTLY HALF A RP

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