# Thread: And the WINNER is.....

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Winnie has said to us ......

"But if you are stuck at the beginning perhaps you should think of how you'd solve a crossword."

But he's also told us that cruciverbalists set crossword puzzles, not solve them.
So, how do we fill in the answers we need?

We could .....
solve cryptic clues?
sort out anagrams?
pick out words from the middle of phrases?
fit one word into another?

And then Winnie says .... "it's soooooooo easy" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think I'm on the way... but I'm having severe trouble heeding the bird. There are three possible birds... I *think* I know which one to heed, and how to heed it, but I can't be sure. If I'm right, it means I have to follow one path... if it's one of the other birds, it means I have to follow a different path entirely. It is an elusive fowl, and when I find which it is, I intend to cook its goose. So to speak.

Anyway, neither option is giving me any success at the moment. I have been counting the places that I see without any sniff of tranquillity, let alone a full measure of it. I have a dread feeling that the answer is going to be an anagram too...

Generally speaking, though Winnie says we're not trying hard enough, I think the problem is that in the past I was trying TOO hard. I think this is a methodical puzzle which should be solvable (he says). I don't think any recourse to pi or similar is needed... just finding what to do and how to count...

It's turning me grey before my time... but, onwards!

Passepartout

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Methodical yes ...... fits in with Winnie's insistence we should act like a cruciverbalist. I think that Winnie also said before that when we hit the right path, we would get an extra clue. That's what I'm missing ..... there just has to be a confirmer along the way which will let us know we're right. I guess I've been following the wrong bird too.

Yes, Winnie says we're not trying hard enough .... but then he says it's soooo easy !!

Come on O devious one ..... which is it ... hee hee?

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Another fruitless week at my end I'm afraid...

Passepartout

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Yep .... not a sausage with me either.

It's in there somewhere .... has to be !!

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Thought I had something about a horse, but probably just a coincidence of letters.

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What, Elizabeth Frink's horse? ....... I'm having enough trouble with birds and fishes, without bringing more animals into it ..... hee hee.

At least you've found a word ... pure gobbledegook for me, I'm afraid.

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I was in London at the weekend, and while walking by St. Paul's happened upon a statue (shepherd & sheep, since you ask) by none other than Elisabeth Frink herself. She gets around.

I did find 'HORSE' but I think it's another dead-end. Thus far, I have been led up the following garden paths:

1) I found one anagram about a bird in a tree - submitted it before Christmas, but was wrong. I was younger then, and impetuous.
2) Found an ISBN number (believe it or not). Unfortunately, though the author lived in Kent, he didn't live in Winchester, and neither he nor the book have any connection to Winchester that I can see.
3) And now this horse with no name, that is going nowhere.

My trouble is that I have found a few things that are trying to point me in the right direction, but that direction is not clear to me. They are open to some interpretation, and although I feel like I've pretty much exhausted my options, I evidently haven't, as the solution remains as elusive as ever.

Here's another interesting-but-in-all-likelihood-wrong observation... if the 'six or twenty' were chemical elements in the periodic table, they would be carbon and calcium - flesh and bone. Yuk.

I shall have to hope that Winnie will favour us with a hintette ere too long... my well is run dry.

An exhausted Passepartout

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(Sorry, I've just realised that my last post makes it sound like I think Winchester is in Kent, which I don't. I come from Kent. I know these things. What I meant was, the author lived in Kent, which is not a million miles away from Hants, but he seems to have no connection to Winchester)

PPT

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Ah! .... I've heard that you Men of Kent (or is it Kentish Men) know a thing or two !! So, you've been on a journey with a horse with no name, you impetuous fool you ... hee hee!

Seems like we're both playing around with all those Anglo Saxon letters. Especially being as Winnie says ....

"But if you are stuck at the beginning perhaps you should think of how you'd solve a crossword."

So ..... how would you solve a crossword ? ... There are so many different ways to solve clues, so does he mean we should be fitting words together as in a crossword grid .... that's what's drained my well dry, and filled it full of broken dreams.

I agree, a hintette would be nice .... shame on all hunt setters who don't offer more hintettes.