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Title Closed Doors
Setter The Tall'n
Series The Listener
Number 3980
Date 03/05/2008
Grid 1313 barred grid with 180 symmetry. The three central squares on the NW-SE diagonal are completely barred off.
Preamble The completed grid represents doors which have been closed for over a year. Notices of what was put on when they were open have been partially obscured. Across clues contain an extra word. The initial letters of these words, in clue order, give an incomplete quotation. This, together with the missing word, should help in finding the notices. After discovering the theme, solvers must resolve fifteen clashes to give the notices (50 letters, eight words), then highlight what was put on just before the doors closed (ten of these letters). Who put it on will appear in the barred-off cells. Chambers Dictionary (2003) is the primary reference.
Solution Notes
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The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford closed for reconstruction on 31 March 2007. The four plays in the notices were The Merchant of Venice, Coriolanus, Hamlet and Titus Andronicus, appearing in an inward spiral in the grid from the T of 11D. Only Coriolanus, the last to be performed before the theatre closed, has to be highlighted. It was put on by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The quotation "We have shuffled off this mortal (coil)" from Hamlet's soliloquy, hinted at what was being sought and how to find the plays in the grid.
KeywordsWilliam Shakespeare Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford 31 March 2007 31/03/2007 The Merchant of Venice Coriolanus Hamlet Titus Andronicus We have shuffled off this mortal coil
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