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Keramos, Keramos, will you do the fandango?

Welcome back to George vs the Listener. Brace yourselves – we may be caught up!  I put posts for the previous two puzzles below this one, including my gripes about the puzzles that won all the awards at the Listener dinner.  But what do I know?

Harribobs puts us back into classic Listener territory – all words entered with a letter changed! Across clues double on the changes with a misprint.  Yikes!

Well there is a 1 across… and the wordplay is definitely leading to EROTEMES (as is the definition) but there’s a few possibilities for the anagram indicator… so we have a partial victory on the 1 across test.  And in it goes lightly shaded…

I managed to motor through a lot of the clues, and filling the grid was a pretty steady process. Fortunately I could see most of the misprints near the end of the acrosses, and it was evident that we were looking at HENRY W LONGFELLOW, and KERAMOS eventually came out of the first few acrosses.  A browse through the poem and there it is – ALL THINGS MUST CHANGE TO SOMETHING NEW TO SOMETHING… and I could see where STRANGE was almost there in the grid!  Woohoo – not much sursolving later, and there was a grid!

My working grid for Listener 4495, An Exchange of Letters by Harribobs

OK, I did like this one (I know a few hours ago I trashed everyone’s favorite Listeners). I liked the number of changes, I like the thematic use, the quote was fun, and you end up with a grid of all new real words. That’s neat, Harribobs!  It also means the puzzle requires everything to be understood in order to be solved (yes, I hear you say “but you were to unerudite and cloth-headed to be able to pick out characters from Westward Ho, some game and puzzle dude and whatever that was that ended up as Morse code, so who are you to judge”).  I believe I can call this one a Victory to George!

Game over… 100% complete!

Feel free to tell me that I should change back to not doing these, and see you next week when MynoT admits to being on the run.


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