Puzzles from Pedrock, Eclogue, Boatman and Wire.
It’s me again! I’m really struggling to get to grips with Boatman’s puzzle. I can’t understand the instructions! Am I alone?
Oh, probably not!
1,1 does not refer to the cell at 1,1, if that makes things at all clearer.
Not really! I had thought that it must be something more obscure – which it clearly is! I’m still none the wiser but will continue to search all avenues and hope for a Eureka moment! Thanks anyway.
Well… first of all, look at the title. Then think about 1ac more carefully, particularly the first few words. That might give you a clue as to the solution.
Dot hese help you at all?
Thanks Hamish. Having looked at the title and 1 ac and finally fallen asleep I’m afraid I will have to wait for the answers in the next issue! Frustrating!
Reread the middle two lines of my last message… it wasn’t a typo!
I think I’ve got it !! I’ll endeavour to find my way!
(1,1) normally indicates the coordinates of the top left-hand square. (1A,1D) is the format generally used to refer to the lights starting from that square. Even an unconventional puzzle needs some degree of normality to set one on the right track.
It’s an interesting puzzle, nonetheless, and great fun, albeit challenging. I’ve often wondered if one like it would work. So far I have solved the perimeter plus an across and a down solution. The anagrams are doing my head in, and I reckon myself to be semi-literate in this gibberish, with a certificate to prove it.
Yes, the anagrams are incredibly difficult. It’s more like a process of elimination than anagrams per se!
Well, I’ve learnt a lot – thanks to you both. It really is a challenge and I have managed the perimeter and three other down clues but don’t think I will finish it! It amazes me how a crossword such as this is compiled. A tour de force!
I am managing to solve one or two clues per day, so do keep at it. I have found a new addictive game as well – finding words that share the same symbols in the same order. There are some really incongruous pairings, as Boatman has shown. It’s a bit like the Only Connect Missing Vowels round.
The missing vowels in Only Connect is the only bit I can usually do, although I enjoy the Wall! It’s an addictive programme!
I’m persevering with current challenge!
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