Nothing is a property too, right?

Greetings super-loyal readers from Tokyo.

It’s numerical time. I don’t know why, but lately I have gone off the boil on the numerical ones. They used to be the easiest ones for me, often with clear logical paths in and sometimes a bit of lengthy number bashing.

I’m sorry, Smudge, but the preamble to this puzzle made less than no sense to me and surely cannot be correct. It doesn’t seem that any answer can be unique and there be properties like “a square” since there are multiple squares that are entry points. I started at this for a while, figured the one to the power of five had to go in at 1 or 32 and there were only a few possibilities at 32 but a lot at 1. That was about as far as I got. I got an email the next day saying there was an error in the preamble but it wasn’t the one I was looking for.

I gave up. The headache wasn’t worth it. Kudos to those of you who persevered.

Better luck next time. Complete and utter victory to the Listener Crossword!

Game over: 0% completion.

Feel free to tell me there was a logical and unambiguous way in and that the preamble made perfect sense and I’ll see you next week when Malva has a puzzle for the lactose tolerant.

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