Friday, January 23, 2009
Cogito Ergo Summary
According to the Listener page, Adam has been setting puzzles for over 50 years! The only one I remember trying, 3930: Double Entry, I got absolutely nowhere on. Apparently there was a mess when this first appeared online without the preamble, but by the time I got to download and print it, the preamble was there. Cells with asterisks, all around the perimeter, and a letter exchange later on.
I took this with me on a lunch break and found that I was on Adam's wavelength this time, in a little over an hour, I had a pretty decent chunk of the grid filled in, and even better, most of the clues with the asterisks were pretty gentle.
1 across: GO reversed around UT,IN - so I have OUG
5 across: KISMET (MISTAKE-A)* - giving MT
1 down: O,A RING - really liked this clue, Adam - R
9 down: wanTONNESs - so OS
20 down: IMPART(ial) - another nice clue - I
24 down: MANGE,R - G
33 across: TEETER - (THE TREE - H) - E
34 across: C,ENTER - C
So the asterisked letters were ORIEMTOSGCUG. At the bagel place where I had lunch, I couldn't make anything of this - I plucked out CUSTOMER but didn't see anything else (that would leave OIGG).
Back at the computer, I took a stab at the Word Wizards anagram generator, and entering in O as the extra letter threw up COGITO ERGO SUM, which sounded promising, and had the same number of letters as RENE DESCARTES.
The only ambiguities left to take care of were the substitutions of the Gs and Os - I saw RETINA for 1 taking care of both, and the outside was no problem.
But I wasn't finished, and that was frustrating... I had a bunch of no-fits in the top right hand corner. I'd messed up the anagram at 5, inventing a painter KICHENER, which was keeping me from getting 12 and 17 across. Bradford's came through with KIRCHNER, and after an agonizing day or two wondering if I could really blow it, I have a grid and a solution.
Maybe it's a policy to have an easy one to start off with, or I'm getting better, but I found this one a breeze. The clues are nice, very much like I'm used to in the Mephisto, and it was a fun solve.
Victory to George! 2009 tally: George 1, Listener 0. Current streak : George 1
It's far too tempting to put the Monty Python Philosopher's Song up with a Rene Descartes themed puzzle. So here's another French Philosopher, Plastic Bertrand.