Friday, April 4, 2008
Collision with collusion - Listener 3973
I did the scan before I left for a conference, and on a plane I entered another 5 answers
6d = BOTHAM, making the extra word either WORD or SWORD
12a = UTTER, making the extra word NAKED
31d = ORISSA, making the extra word BOYCOTT
40d = NEUK, making the extra word DEFLECT
44a = THREADMAKER giving yet another extra NAKED. Double naked.
OK, this is my most pathetic grid in a while, before I scanned it I only had 6 answers entered and some of those are guesses. There are times when I guess you're not on the same wavelength as the setter and this is one of them.
And I haven't a clue what is happening... the preamble tells me that most clues have an extra word, and the rest have a misprint. Usually I'm good at spotting extra words, but the first two clues that leapt out at me were misprints (17a - misprint is Pick up again, giving RESORB) and 39a (On instead of An). And that's where the grid stood for a good week and a half, until I thought more about the preamble - extra words may mean shifting spacing, so maybe clues need to be rewritten...
This makes 1d look like "A group of tents don't make peace" with STYLE as an extra word, and makes 33a look like "Fingal let mill finally around edges of Staffa" with SCORN as an extra 5-letter word. Looking for 5 letter words to remove to complete clues gave me a few more entries, but that was about where this effort died a horrible death.
I write this blog before checking the answers, so I am dying to find out what I missed (I'll add it as a comment). I'm hoping this fell under the category of "intractably hard" because I feel like a real imbecile after slogging away at this and getting nowhere at all.
As a final effort I tried to collate all the 5 and 7 letter removeable words and after seeing BOTHAM (an answer) and BOYCOTT (a removed word) thought maybe "Cricketers I loved to hate when I was growing up in Australia" was a theme and started looking for WILLIS, DEV, KHAN, and AMBROSE. And I have two NAKEDs in the 5-letter column. If one solver wanted to turn in an empty grid, I was way ahead of him.
My lead in the battle has been nearly eroded!
Tally: Listener 5, George 6. Current streak: Listener 2