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Thursday, 23 July 2009

I am loving all the connecting walls submitted and solved by posters on the blog. Here is a new one, freshly emailed by my friend Val. I’m going to post it here before trying to solve it myself, so we all have the same amount of time. (Although I have to do some work now, so anyone who’s online and at a loose end has got a head start…)

  Once it’s solved, do please feel free to post your own grid if you have constructed one. I think one at a time is probably safe, to keep minds unboggled, so good luck with this fiendish new challenge:


ROSE / BRASS / JAMES / ISLAND

STERN / BOX / ROAD / BOTTLE

MR & MRS / SWING / CRAZY / CHARLES

LEATHER / AUCTION / GOOSE / CAKE

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Toby P at 2:42 pm on July 23rd, 2009

Is there a telegraph connection? Telegraph Road, Telegraph Island, Telegraph box and. Erm. Telegraph auction? Is that something like a phone auction or have I imagined it?


Val at 4:15 pm on July 23rd, 2009

No, there’s no telegraph connection.


Jim at 4:29 pm on July 23rd, 2009

Road Bridge/Swing Bridge/Charles Bridge/Auction Bridge

Erm, that’s all I got.


MarkP at 7:32 pm on July 23rd, 2009

Box, Brass, Crazy, Island - Horses


adam at 8:27 pm on July 23rd, 2009

funny i had shades of red, but thought that had been used so changed it to blue. only after posting did that seem familiar too. anyway obviously too easy for the weberatti.
this one seems much trickier, so far i have horse for horsebox, horsebrass, crazy horse and horse leather (or maybe island)
i want one to be words that can have A added to the front (arose, astern, A road) but unless asing refers to the computer language i cant see it.
Someone suggested a book; I think this would work better as a game on the only connect page.


AndytheDealer at 9:40 pm on July 23rd, 2009

How about, BOX / CAKE / ISLAND / GOOSE- The connection being Christmas.


LC at 10:47 pm on July 23rd, 2009

Is “Howard” a connection? Just… going out on a limb here.


Rainbow at 12:29 am on July 24th, 2009

You’ve got some neck, ganging up on your public with your fiendish friends, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, otherwise we’ll be here ‘til Christmas.

Do I get a go?


Victoria Coren at 2:39 am on July 24th, 2009

Of course you get a go! Let’s say some of the above posters are right (I’ll wait for Val to confirm or otherwise), what does that leave - bottle, james, stern and Mr & Mrs? I mean, what in God’s name would connect those?


Jim at 9:47 am on July 24th, 2009

I like Christmas, but wouldn’t Christmas Rose be better than Goose?

Christmas Box, Christmas Rose, Christmas Cake, Christmas Island…

Oh, just realised Rainbow had it.

Still can’t figure out the connection between Stern, Mr and Mrs, James and Crazy though… is it fiendish? Gang? Public?

(Assuming,

Christmas: Box/Cake/Island/Rose
Bridge: Road/Swing/Auction/Charles
Neck: Brass/Leather/Bottle/Goose)


Val at 10:18 am on July 24th, 2009

Jim and Andythedealer - you’re both close. As in close, but no cigar. Work out what you’ve got wrong and the rest might fall into place.


Rainbow at 10:24 am on July 24th, 2009

Goose Bottle Brass Leather:  Neck
Christmas Rose Island Cake:  Box
Road James Stern Crazy:  Gang
Swing Auction Charles Mr & Mrs:  Bridge


Victoria Coren at 10:29 am on July 24th, 2009

Ohhhhhh I get your last post now. I read it too quickly, realized it had some clues in it but just thought “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” was a really weird thing to say. Durr.

  But aha - that looks rather cleverly solved to me. Val?


Val at 10:51 am on July 24th, 2009

The grid is solved! Well done Rainbow (apart from the mis-typing - you make it look as if the second category is Box rather than Christmas)


Jim at 11:09 am on July 24th, 2009

I did one! It may be rubbish. Or too hard. Or too easy. I dunno.

DOOR / LINE / VIRGIN / RUNNING
ARCTIC / FULL / MAT / POST
ISLAND / QUARTERS / MUTE / SWISS
CONGRESS / DIME / FACTORY / CORNER

Think it might be well-easy actually.

[MODERATOR’S NOTE: 2 NEW GRIDS CAME IN AT ONCE, THIS WAS SLIGHTLY EARLIER SO RAD’S GRID WILL BE POSTED AS SOON AS THIS ONE IS SOLVED]


MarkP at 5:32 pm on July 24th, 2009

Virgin, Island, Mute, Factory are record labels.


Rad at 5:47 pm on July 24th, 2009

Door/Post/Running/Congress - ‘man’
Mute/Factory/Island/Virgin - record labels

?

Interestingly, we have a same word in both grids… (mine’s the one submitted at the same time)


Dan at 5:48 pm on July 24th, 2009

island, virgin, factory, mute (record labels) is the only I’m happy with (though it might still be wrong).

Then there’s:

mat, arctic , swiss,  corner (roll)
door, post, congress, line (-man)

running, dime, full, quarters - I’m not at all sure about.  Could have some connection with basketball or American football terms though…


rad at 6:38 pm on July 24th, 2009

there’s a quarter back, a line back and a full back in some sport?


Jo at 6:52 pm on July 24th, 2009

There is a corner back in gaelic football, so you could swap corner with quarters and have
Running/Full/Dime/Corner - back
Mat/Arctic/Swiss/Quarters - roll (as in roll of quarters… am I clutching at straws?)


Victoria Coren at 7:02 pm on July 24th, 2009

Hmm, well, it’s Jim’s job to come in and say if & when people get things right or wrong and he’s been a bit quiet along the way… but I think collectively we have got a possible solution to the grid:

VIRGIN ISLAND MUTE FACTORY: record labels
RUNNING FULL DIME CORNER: - back
MAT ARCTIC SWISS QUARTERS: roll
DOOR POST CONGRESS LINE: -man

It doesn’t *quite* work (not sure about mat with roll or quarters) and might require line to be plural… Need some feedback from Jim here, in the meantime maybe we will put up Rad’s grid on a new thread. But bear in mind the mod isn’t so hands-on at the weekend so there may be longer delays in putting up suggested solutions / possible doubling up in the gap.


Dan at 7:03 pm on July 24th, 2009

There seems to be a thing called a dime roll.

And there are running, line, corner and full backs in US football.

Which would leave…


Muinimula at 5:39 pm on July 25th, 2009

ISLAND / FACTORY / MUTE / VIRGIN ~ record labels
DOOR / CONGRESS / POST / RUNNING ~ man
ARCTIC / QUARTERS / SWISS / MAT ~ roll
FULL / LINE / CORNER / DIME ~ back

Just a slight change from Victoria’s - swapped ‘line’ with ‘running’...


Andrew H at 10:07 pm on July 27th, 2009

Hello Val - sorry to be a thicko, but I don’t get the answers to your grid.  Can you explain the connections between ‘Stern’ and ‘Gang’ and the whole ‘Bridge’ thing - I’ve heard of a swing bridge, but the rest….!


Val at 3:16 pm on July 29th, 2009

Andrew,
Sorry for the delay in replying - I’ve been away.
The Stern Gang was a group of terrorists/freedom fighters who waged a campaign against the Brits in what was then Palestine. Famous in their day, but I accept that not everybody will have heard of them.
Bridges: auction bridge is a more basic version of contract bridge ie the card game known more simply as bridge.
Mr & Mrs Bridge is a movie (with, I think, Paul Newman)
Charles Bridge - it’s the famous old bridge in Prague.
I hope you don’t think it was too difficult. It is tricky pitching the level right.
Val


Andrew H at 11:06 pm on July 29th, 2009

Val - thanks for the explanation.  I’ve heard of Paul Newman (but that movie must have escaped me), but the others are all beyond me.  Should I have a PHD or Diploma or something to do these grids?


Jim at 11:48 am on July 31st, 2009

Sorry guys, was camping for a week, back to work now :-(

The solution VC posted was the correct one. Sorry it was a bit vague in places!


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