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Title Symbols
Setter The Tall'n
Series Magpie
Number Issue 77, no. 4
Date May 2009
Moaning And Griping Predominant In Editorial
[Simon has a moan about how easy the Listener is becoming]
DifficultyC
Grid 1313 barred grid with 180 symmetry. Clues are listed under the headings THEMATIC, ACROSS and DOWN.
Preamble One answer in each column must be jumbled before entry. Eight thematic clues have no definition and their answers must be entered in the form of a symbol. Across clues contains a one-letter misprint. The correct letters, in clue order, give help in finding the symbol. An interpretation of this word is given by two of the thematic answers plus one of the down entries.
Solvers must delineate two other symbols representing 11 one through 15 cells and one through 11 cells. The unclued entry provides a topical reference to the theme.
Solution Notes
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The special answers, SCIAENOID, JESUS CHRIST, SELACHIAN, PISCATORIAL, PERCIFORM, STICKLEBACK, WHITEBAIT and THE SON OF GOD, are to be entered in the shape of the ICHTHYS, a symbol of Christianity originating from Roman times. Corrected letters from the across clues spell IOTA CHI THETA UPSILON SIGMA, the Greek spelling of ICHTHYS, which has been attributed as an acronym of the Greek for JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, SAVIOUR. Further Christian symbols to be highlighted in appropriate shapes are CHI-RHO, THE REDEEMER and SAVIOUR on the CROSS. The unclued entry is WHITSUN, the festival of when the apostles first announced Christianity, which this year fell on 31st May.
KeywordsICHTHYS Christianity IOTA CHI THETA UPSILON SIGMA JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD SAVIOUR WHITSUN CHI-RHO THE REDEEMER SAVIOUR on the CROSS difficulty-C grade-C
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