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EV 1475

Enigmatic Variations 1475

A Donation by Vismut

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First letters of extra words give FOR YOUR THOUGHTS; last letters backwards give LADY BADEN-POWELL. WORLD THINKING DAY is 22nd FEBRUARY when Girl Guides are encouraged to donate ‘A PENNY for your thoughts’.

A conversation had last year, around this time, went something like this.

Mum “What’s the date”

Me “22nd February”

My better half “Ah World Thinking Day” (MBH)

Me “What’s that?”

Thus, the inspiration for this puzzle.

“A Penny for your Thoughts” a well-known phrase to me but that’s all. As father-in-law had been a Scout Master, MBH knew quite a lot about it though and gave me 22nd February as Lady BP’s birthday. I went to wiki for more and found this:

“In 1926, at the Fourth Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the United States‘s Camp Edith Macy (presently the Edith Macy Conference Center), the conference delegates highlighted the need for a special international day, when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts would think about the worldwide spread of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, and of all the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world, giving them, their “sisters,” thanks and appreciation.

It was decided by the delegates that this day would be 22 February, birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout movement, and Lady Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and the First World Chief Guide.

In 1999, at the 30th World Conference, held in Ireland, the name was changed from “Thinking Day” to “World Thinking Day”, in order to emphasize the global aspect of this special day.

In her first letter about the World Thinking Day Fund Lady Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide, asked the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to donate “a penny for your thoughts,” in order to support the Movement. The amount raised was £520 12s 6d in 1933, and rose to £35,346 in 1971.[3] The World Thinking Day Fund is used to help more girls and young women around the world by spreading the Girl Guiding/Girl Scouting programme.”

I had a pretty brief experience as a girl guide, but after losing the troop in the woods in a tracking exercise it was thought my energy should perhaps be directed elsewhere. I don’t know why they couldn’t follow the signs, but a few of them got totally lost and were a couple of hours late getting back. I didn’t like all that ironing the uniform stuff much either and as for the sewing badge!

The puzzle itself went through a couple of revamps and during the Great No More EVs Scandal was even resubmitted elsewhere. Happily, the world tilted back onto its proper axis and the EV’s were saved so it came back to where it started. As a compiler it’s always nice to see that the letters of the theme will either fit the diagonal, form a square or another relevant shape, as here, the penny. It’s nice to find that other parts of the theme will cooperate with the grid too, such as 1d=A Penny and the numbering for dates.

I hope it was fun to solve.


A full review of this puzzle can be seen over on fifteensquared.