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Oh yeah, I’m packing

Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword.  So much for the easing of us all into the new year, since January brought not only Schadenfreude but also Lavatch! Not that Lavatch is always difficult, but there’s typically a fair bit to do with a Lavatch puzzle after solving it. On the other hand, Lavatch has not yet disappointed (check through archive to see if I’ve trashed Lavatch… doesn’t appear so).

OK – misprints in clues, letter changes, and rearranges. More real words in the grid, let’s get cracking.

There is a 1 across, and looky that – (R)ENTERS gets us going, and there’s a change of M for T in the clue, so the text starts with a T. That rules out nothing.

It only took about five or six clues to notice that the misprints were always in the second letter of the clue. Looking for misprints there sped up the solving process quickly – and it was finding most of the letters for PEOPLE and INFRINGED… well… if you live in Trumpydoodleland like I do, you are extremely familiar with the SECOND AMENDMENT.  Sigh.

Gentle readers, I know most of you are from not-Trumpydoodleland, so bear (arms) with me for a moment. The degree to which many people here hold their interpretation of the second amendment as sacrosanct is staggering! The state I live in has been debating whether universities can actually ban students from bringing guns to campus. I ran a high school science event, and one of the competencies was recognizing bullet casings.

It was bittersweet finding out what the theme of the puzzle was, but damn you, Lavatch in making something fun from a personal nightmare (I put it at about 78% likely that my end will come from being shot by someone I’ve annoyed).

So now back to things – amendments to clues were known, the theme was known (and I could see the start of where SECOND AMENDMENT could go in the grid), and it was under two hours for me to get a complete grid, and a good guess at the letters being replaced – surely something with GUN or GUNS… STICK TO ONE’S GUNS.

My working grid for Listener 4486, In Self-defense? by Lavatch

Definitely my fastest finish to a Lavatch puzzle, but I definitely had a leg up on the theme.  Good thing there wasn’t too much time spent on the fiddly bits, now I could move on to something else – I believe I can call this one a Victory to George.

Game over – 100% completion!

Feel free to tell me to reach for the sky, and I’ll see you next week when Elgin has us do a Listener, sort of.

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