Posted by loonapick on October 15th, 2007
Sorry for the late post, but I have to admit that I really struggled with this one, and I haven’t quite finished it, as one of the answers still has me beat.
Once I had completed about two-thirds of the puzzle and identified eight of the theme words, I didn’t know how to treat the words in order to enter them into the grid, so I called on Peter Biddlecombe’s assistance.
Given the lateness of the plea for help, Peter worked wonders for me and came through with almost all of waht I was missing, includeing how to enter treated answers into the grid. Thanks, Peter!
So, what did we have to do to solve the puzzle. The title and preamble indicates something requires to be changed before entry, but I couldn’t see it.
I had come across eight words which could be loosely defined as “rubbish” or “nonsense” or “disorder”, and I knew that five other slurked somewhere.
After consulting with Peter, we eventually came up with 12 of the 13 words.
12 RED-D (the author of the puzzle being Dimitry)
32 RIFF-RAFF (Jospeh Joachim Raff, a Swiss composer)
42 we couldn’t get this one, could it be SHIT?
Peter suggested that the tidying which was required was to change one letter in each word to N, thus creating new words, so the grid entries became
32 NIFF-NAFF (the one that required extra attention)