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Title In and Out
Setter The Tall'n
Series Magpie
Number Issue 124, no. 4
Date Apr 2013
Minor Absurdist Generously Permitted In Entry
[Reference to Schadenfreude's Centre Stage in Issue 122]
DifficultyC
Grid 1313 barred grid with 180 symmetry.
Preamble Where two entries are clued together they are jointly thematic; one entry is clued, the other must be deduced.
In 27 clues the wordplay differs from the defined entry by one letter. The letters to be added or removed, in clue order, indicate two historical examples of the theme to be found in the grid.
Solvers must correct one word in each example (keeping all entries as real words) and highlight the two examples (45 cells in total), choosing the neatest patterns, and in one case making one letter do double duty.
Solution Notes
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Double entries, read in the correct order, are palindromic.
The two hints for historical examples of palindromes are A LATIN SQUARE leading to SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS (on a tablet buried in ash at Herculaneum) and SHIPWAY DESIGNED indicating A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL PANAMA. Corrections needed in the grid are TAROT/POL for tacet/pel and ASKS/TAS for arks/tar to give ROTAS and SPANED for staned and LANA for rana to give PLAN. The A in red does 'double duty' as the start and end of the latter palindrome.
Keywordspalindromes A LATIN SQUARE SATOR AREPO TENET OPERA ROTAS SHIPWAY DESIGNED A MAN A PLAN A CANAL PANAMA difficulty-C grade-C
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