Let us take you on a journey through tttime and space

Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword, and another week where I plumb forgot to scan the grid before leaving this morning, whoopsie.

The last tnap puzzle from about two years ago ended up being a lot of substitution work so I had to resort to Excel to get it done.  This one has another bunch of answers to be entered in a weird way, and in one case it says real words, but it is ominously left out of the other substitution. So… yeah.

There is a 1 across – and it’s a gentle starter – AS,AN,A for the only yoga position known to crossword-dom… vrikisana probably doesn’t work in any grids.  So our comment begins with an R.  I put it in gently, and pretty quickly saw the first of the entries that needed changing as there wasn’t enough room for CANTICUMS and there was too much room for ANTON. Working further along the grid, there is too much room for ETEN, and not enough room for FULL LENGTH though the end of it seems to be intact.  Hmm… something about the three Ls? Are there any other multiple letters?  Well if 42 is SKILLLESS there’s another triple L… are the three L’s combined?  That would work for SHELL-LIKE as well.  Hmmm…

I had A??TTON for where ANTON should go, ?NT?TO?OIC for where ENTOZOIC should go and ET??TEN for ETEN… are the T’s triples?

Are we in the realm of two puzzles referencing modern physics hot on the heels of each other?  We had waves and particles late last year, could this be time dilation and length contraction?  That would make the quote Einstein, but the letters I have don’t mean much. The end looks like NICHT so it must be in German… I found it on Einstein’s wikiquote, but I think that’s a little odd…

So that explains eight of the changes, there’s still the jumbles… CANTICUMS… to SIN??TE… it could become SINUATE if we remove M, C, C and replace by E… so there’s the other Einstein connection, E = mc^2.

Fortunately there wasn’t a lot left to do at this point, I had all the words that needed the substitution and jumbling, so after two fairly long solving sessions, I had a grid!

(grid will go here when I get my act into gear).

What an odd puzzle. I liked the substitutions, I liked the theme, but I thought it was odd that a German quotation was used that would probably have to be found online.  The English version is in ODQ, but not the German. According to ODQ it is carved in the mathematics hall at Princeton, which probably means I’ve walked by it.

I think I have everything sorted out, so I can call this one a Victory to George, woohoo!

Game over, 100% completion.

Feel free to tell me that I should be converted into energy, and see you next week when The Ace of Hearts asks us to give a title to their new song.

 

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Righting the wrongs and wronging the rights isn’t as easy as it seems

Welcome back to George vs the Listener Crossword.  I apologise in advance – after scanning the grid I put it in the recycling bin, so I have to work from what remains of my memory.  On the other hand I have the most detailed set of substitutions you are ever going to see on this humble blog.

New setter time!  Hi tnap if you’re looking in.  So what do we have here – some misprints, clashes, and a warning that there will not be real words.  Oh dear – the curse of TGTDNCRW (The Grid That Does Not Contain Real Words – I’ll come up with a better acronym later).  Maybe I’ve come up with one – GNARL (Grid Now All Random Letters), which means using Word Wizards and searching patterns on Chambers is not going to be that helpful.

There was a 1 across and I did not managed to get it, but (f)ACED gets us going.  I had pretty decent luck with tnap’s clues, and managed to put together HEAR ASL Y?LE AND READ – and googling “HEAR ALL” “AND READ” gave me the phrase we are looking for – HEAR ALL YE LEARNED AND READ ME THIS RIDDLE – HOW THE WRONG PART WROTE SCOTT AND THE RIGHT PART WROTE LIDDELL.  So there’s our key – the clashes are the letters in SCOTT and LIDDELL and they have to be replaced.  There’s 35 misprints, and with one name being five letters and the other seven, that’s what is needed to not have any left over letters.  Neat!

I tried doing them manually and started messing up almost immediately, so I went to Excel and created a spreadsheet making sure the letters matched up in order.  I’ll past it at the end of the blog, you will probably have to click on it to see the thing in it’s glory.  Even with that, here’s what my working grid looked like at the end.

My working grid for Listener 4402, Right and Wrong by tnap

I’m glad I got the quote fairly early on, this made for a one-sitting solve, and while I thought it was going to be a slog, it was rather fun piecing together the final grid from the substitutions I knew had to be made.

Happy 4th of July to my Americaland friends – if you’re feeling a vortex of evil and terror from the desert, it is Phi and Sabre enjoying time together in the sun, probably working on a joint submission of a puzzle containing knight’s moves, Cyrillic characters and an inverted Playfair.

I believe we can call this one a Victory to George (the Listener website is updated, and I think I’ve got it all correct).  Not only that, but my spreadsheet below has detail that is lacking on the Listener site, with what the entry is!

2016 tally:  20-2-2

Feel free to tell me I was going to write up the Cure concert, and see you next week when Artix (hahahaha) writes a puzzle commemorating the English Soccerball team – no offence! Substitution table below…

Quote Clue Wrong Right Word Entry Clue Clue Wrong Right Word Entry
H 1A S L SCHMELZES LCHMELZES A 41A C D CONIA DONIA
E 7A C I ACED AIED N 42A O D OCOTILLOS DCOTILLOS
A 12A O D OVERT DVERT D 43A T E NETE NEEE
R 15A T D LET IN LED IN R 44A T L OSTEOLOGY OSLEOLOGY
A 16A T E LEANT LEANE E 3D S L MARS MARL
L 17A S L FSTOP FLTOP A 4D C L CREESES LREESES
L 18A C L CURABLE LURABLE D 5D O I ZONA ZINA
Y 19A O L ODE LDE M 6D T D ECONUT ECONUD
E 21A T I TEAD IEAD E 7D T D ARECANUT ARECANUD
L 22A T D ANGST ANGSD T 9D S E SKILLS EKILLS
E 23A S D PRAESIDIUMS PRAESIDIUMD H 10D C L DANCED DANLED
A 28A C E CARIB EARIB I 14D O L TOPI TLPI
R 32A O L UFO UFL S 15D T L TERAI LERAI
N 33A T L UTRILLO ULRILLO R 20D T I PATIENCE PAIIENCE
E 34A T L TUDOR LUDOR I 24D S D EBLIS EBLID
D 37A S I IOTAS IOTAI D 26D C D MUCIN MUDIN
D 31D O E OLID ELID
L 36D T L TIDE LIDE
E 39D T L ROOT ROOL