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His and Los

Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword, the blog that regularly disappears into the ether, promises to be on time, and disappears again on a regular basis.  The drunk uncle of crossword blogs.

On the other hand, here is where you can come if you want to feel better about completing, or not completing a puzzle, because I’m still stunned by the praised heaped on the Westward Ho themed puzzle (as I thought, I theme that I knew nothing about with zero indication in the clues, preamble or puzzle on how to get started), and the last five weeks or so have been insanely busy, so I haven’t had time to ponder on a puzzle.

And so the next few posts will take you on a dark journey of an occasionally good solver who is frustrated. The puzzle His is a good example.  I got most of the top half of the grid out, but even so had a bunch of question marks as to which word needed to be removed, or whether I was missing something out in the wordplay, and in a few place where clashes should go. Here’s where I got to…

My working grid for Listener 4476, His by Nebuchadnezzar

Now I’ve read the solution I don’t know if it would have mattered if I had gotten further. I had never heard of Dudeney and Loyd, and even after reading the solution on the Listener website and the posts on the other blog, I still don’t get it. Let’s just shelve this one away as an utter victory to Nebuchadnezzar and the Listener Crossword

Game over:  11% completion

Feel free to tell me at this point I’m not going to get any better and should go back to word finds (though given my record of finding things in grids, word finds could be a bit too much of a stretch) and see you in a few minutes when I completely fail maths.


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