Enigmatic Variations 1482
‘Map’ by Gaston – A setter’s blog
Five jumps of the Grand National course are shaded green; three further elements TAPE, POST and ELBOW are depicted in rectangles and RED RUM is shaded brown.
Make a mess of mounting favourite (6, 2 words)
My first attempts at designing an EV around the Grand National were frustrating to say the least. Firstly, in common with many people, I suspect, I had not taken in that BECHER’S (brook) was spelt with a single ‘e’ … so back to the drawing board.
Several scrunched up pieces of paper later, I thought I had it ready to send to Steve, only to be told by my son that I had spelt FOINAVON wrong – I had put an ‘e’ instead of the second ‘o’.
Every cloud etc, though, as my next attempt magically produced a bottom left of the grid with a six-letter gap including the ‘e’ from VALENTINES. It wasn’t too hard to engineer the horse above ‘jumping’ the fence to complete the picture.
I remember watching the FOINAVON race in 1967 very well. My mother, an avid and surprisingly successful punter who dealt in shillings rather than pounds, had the telephone number of the local bookmaker. Being Grand National day his line was naturally very busy, so my father was dispatched to drive to the bookie. However his single ten shilling note was not enough to cover all the family’s several one shilling each way bets, and he had to select one of my mother’s to miss out in order for each member of the family to have one selection running. Knowing absolutely nothing about horse racing, he asked another customer which horse he should deselect, and was told: ‘Foinavon has no chance.’
He hadn’t, of course, but we all know what happened……Youtube videos with Peter O’Sullivan’s commentary are well worth a watch.
A full review of this puzzle can be seen over on fifteensquared.