Philatelic Crossword Puzzle

Discussion in 'Stamp Chat' started by Molokai, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    From The Stamp Magazine and Monthly Review, December 1949.

    Keeping the date in mind may help with solving some of them.

    For anyone brave enough to give it a go, I will publish the solution in a week or so.

    Have fun! :cigar:

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  2. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    I'm not a crossword puzzle solver, but this one sure looks tough to me. I note it is offered as a "contribution to Christmas relaxation." More like Christmas frustration!

    Don
     
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  3. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    It is very difficult! I spent 30 minutes or so on it, used the Internet and didn't get very far. But with your many years of high expertise, I expect you to post the solution in a day or two, Mr Stamp. ;)
     
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  4. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Don't hold you breath for this. As I have mentioned before, my philatelic expertise is like the Platte River, occasionally wide, but never very deep.:)

    Don
     
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  5. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    I like that quote; never heard it. I guess we'll hope <JAMES> <HOCH> <WERNER> or <MAKANUDO> can solve it.
     
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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Crossword puzzles are not for me ! From time to time I tried
    the one in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung,but without any chance
    to succeed.In this case,I´m afraid my English is not sufficient.
     
  7. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    I was hoping <PETER> might chip in a small prize from his collection - perhaps a MNH VF-S set of Zeppelin blocks...but apparently not. ;) So here is the solution:

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  8. Makanudo

    Makanudo Well-Known Member

    I would have given it a go...

    Sorry to be this late to the party(thread). :(
     
  9. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Molokai,
    can you explain to me:
    A snake swallows more than fifty in South America : Bolivia ?

    Werner
     
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  10. DonSellos

    DonSellos Well-Known Member

    Yes, me too! I was puzzled by #7 across. I thought the clues, over all, were strange. Were there any complaints about the puzzle published in subsequent issues?

    Don
     
  11. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    I thought the clues were quite vague. It is not easy to construct a good crossword puzzle.

    The person to ask would be Mr Gregory, although I suspect he's been mounted to the great album page in the sky for many years. Alas, we may never know!
     
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  12. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    I am just the messenger <WERNER>; don't go Roman on me. :joyful:
     
  13. Dick Eassom

    Dick Eassom New Member

    It's a UK-style cryptic crossword. Lots of anagrams. The way to solve each clue is to analyze the words. So "A snake swallows more than fifty in South America" reads as put a Roman number "LIVI" in the name of a snake [BOA] to get something in S. America.

    "Scena is on in the Atlantic" is a straight anagram, as is "Muddled reign in West Africa."

    I'm still working on the rest, and trying to avoid looking at the solution!
     
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  14. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    Cool Beans; thanks much!
     
  15. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Maybe you are right.When looking at the solution the Boa became
    obvious.But LIVI is no roman number.LI would be 51 and VI 6.
    But a combination of both does not exist.
    As my Latin is more than rusty,I had to consult the net:
    Livi (or also levi) is the first person (I),active,perfect of linere.
    What means to cover and number of related meanings.So it
    would be: I have covered.
    But possibly Mr.Gregory´s Latin was even worse than mine !
     
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  16. Dick Eassom

    Dick Eassom New Member

    I agree Werner, "LIVI" is not a single Roman number. "More than 50" would imply something like simply "LI". Or at least it would in the modern cryptic crosswords of the UK Daily Telegraph or The Times. I can't explain "LIVI" adequately...
     
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