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Archive for December 9th, 2006

Guardian 23,939/Paul – How’s that?

Posted by neildubya on 9th December 2006

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A puzzle with a cricketing theme, appropriately enough for a time when the Ashes are being decided. Not sure how much fun this would have been for those with no interest or knowledge in cricket but it didn’t contain any particularly obscure terms. Given that, I thought this was much easier than most Paul puzzles; I did it in about 30 mins, which is pretty quick for me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Independent 6281/Nimrod – This old man …

Posted by petebiddlecombe on 9th December 2006

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This puzzle was obviously something out of the ordinary as soon as I looked at the grid and saw the ‘extended H’ shape made by black squares in the middle. Sure enough, 1/2/6/7 down are a single answer, which we may as well give here: Knick knack, paddy whack, give the dog a bone, this old man came rolling home. This is the chorus of a nursery rhyme which I’d otherwise forgotten. Apparently it’s used as a regular motif in Columbo and appears in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, the 1958 film about Gladys Aylward. The usual version seems to be “give a dog a bone”, but never mind.

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