My teammate Thor Erik Hoftaniska is having a bit of a moment. He won last year’s (online) Gold Cup (on my team), hoovered up the Champion’s Cup playing for Norway in Slovakia, won the main pairs event in the Easter Guardian, and has just taken the gold medal for winning the Norwegian Premier League. Not bad for six months’ work.
Last week we played a rescheduled Super League match against Martin Lerner’s team. Waiting to score up, T E’s partner Tom Townsend said: ‘Hoffa made a great play.
There is a video in which a small group of students amble about passing a basketball back and forth. The instruction at the start is to count how many times the players pass the basketball. Then comes the punchline – did you see the gorilla?
Halfway through, a figure in a gorilla suit walks through the middle of the scene, beats its chest and walks off. It was designed as a psychological experiment, with the startling outcome that about half the viewers missed the gorilla altogether.
White to play. Reshevsky-Savon, Petropolis 1973. Reshevsky played the awful 1 Qxg6+, and resigned after 1…Bxg6. Many moves win, but which one forces mate in just three moves? Email answers to email@example.com
by Monday 9 May. There is a prize of £20 for the first correct answer picked. Please include a postal address.
Last week’s solution 1 Nf4+! Rxf4 2 h8=B and stalemate follows. Not 1 Ne7+ Bxe7 2 h8=B Bf6! al
The unclued lights, including one of two words, are of a kind, all confirmed in Chambers. A further example (4) must be deleted from the final grid, leaving blank squares. New words thus created are real words.
1 Get dry people keeping dry home (6)
11 Getting makeover helps, i.e., for freckle (7)
13 Spanish poet saving one piece of armour (6)
14 Express contentment leading around clergyman (4)
18 Tramp leaving hospital with electronic instrument (4)
20 Unseat characters in jousting (4)
21 State something guaranteed, we hear (6)
22 King and Emperor held to be slowing down (8)
23 Scottish girl lives by US city (4)
28 Periodically in wood, join me at island (7, two words)
35 Feverish spasm amid ache disturbed learner (8)
37 Rod and Bill tucked into sparkling Asti (6)
38 Carriage of kings in local river (4)
39 Oath from confession of one gallivanting? (4)
40 Storage space for artist (6)
41 Tell Oscar how one goes without underwear (8)
43 This person’s with irrational warriors (4)
44 Part of Iris’s role changed in Carmen? (6)
45 Eastern guide dropping round for fisher (7)
46 Day knowing nothing for bard’s egoistical fop (8)
47 Ends of sentence with unchanged opening word (6)
2 Forces tailless bird on street to retreat (7)
3 A journalist admitting judge is excited (7)
4 Antelopes in Georgia and America chasing nothing (7)
6 Tedious, in my opinion, to tour high rise (8)
7 In Spain, the well-balanced team (6)
8 Writing, say, in books is a fragment (3)
9 One caught abandoning terrible ball game (7)
10 Uncovered an upturned parasitic fly (5)
12 Mythologisers stop interrupting experts on law (10)
17 Old lady in odd Thai area or Biblical town (10)
19 Give address of scold (5)
25 Waved guns around, drinking whiskey (5)
26 Lake I had repeatedly badly affected (8, twice hyphened)
29 Casual labourers, men given noodles (7)
30 They cause fear in prince abandoning runs (7)
31 Headgear matches dresses old politician picked up (7, hyphened)
32 A novel heroine seizes designer label before noon (7, two words)
34 Transport vessel over megalithic site (6)
36 Returned computer with cool sound system (5)
A first prize of £30 for the first correct solution opened on 23 May.
The four-letter word was BAND. Unclued lights suggest bandicoot (7A),
bandh (11), banda (41), bandana (1D), bandoneon (3), bandook (7D), bandar (14),
bandolero (19) and bandy (35). BAND (ending on 26) was to be shaded. Title:
name of a BAND.
First prize Tim Knox, London
Runners-up Kathleen Durber,
Stoke-on-Trent; Peter Chapman, South Perth, Western Australia
In Competition No. 3247, you were asked to submit the reflections of a well-known writer on a career path they might have taken.
Most famous writers have had day jobs – Kurt Vonnegut sold Saabs, Harper Lee worked as an airline ticket agent, and Joseph Heller was a blacksmith’s apprentice.
But what about those missed vocations? Take a bow, Robert Frost, map-maker; Emily Dickinson, undertaker; Raymond Chandler, shrink.