, I introduced flats in general, so if you're confused, read up on it. I'll add some more notes after this one.
This is a more complicated type of flat, but it's important to some people who may have been confused by one of the puzzles in Museum Piece. This is a Progressive Padlock
, which means that the basewords will overlap in the order given. In the flat below, the cuewords aren't numbers, though, they embody the flat type as well, so I can use them to demonstrate how they will look. The cuewords, in order, are BEHAVE, HAVEN, NATO, ATOLLS, and BELLS. They line up like so:
The words they represent follow the same pattern.
This flat also has interesting tagging. Note the "*6". The asterisk means that this is a six-letter Capitalized word. It could be the name of a place, the name of a person, a brand name or something else. Finally, there are some notes about which dictionaries have the word represented by the cueword "BELLS". It's in the Merriam-Webster's 10th Collegiate Dictionary, but only in recent version (though it is in the online version at www.m-w.com)
. Moreover, the same word is used once in the verse capitalized ("*BELLS")
. It's the same word but with a different meaning, and one can only find the capitalized version of the word in the NI3, that is, Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary.
Finally, the verse itself is a pastiche of Edgar Allen Poe's poem, "The Bells." I do a lot of pastiches, since they're fun and give me a structure within which to work.PROGRESSIVE PADLOCK
(5,*6, 5, 4, 4)
(BELLS = only in very recent 10Cs; *BELLS = NI3)
Here, the loud, obnoxious BELLS—
Hawking pornographic sites and sex materiels!
Based on non-exhaustive polls,
From some marketing ATOLLS,
Writ by men who can't BEHAVE,
And who write "Sav! Sav!"
In their tracts,
In a clamorous appealing to the hapless email reader,
In a maddened supplication to the harried note-deleter.
It is clear we need to plead our
Bold and presidential leader,
With a resolute endeavor,
"End—end this plague forever!"
And he answers to the country:
"Oh, the BELLS, BELLS, BELLS!
We will find the cruel cartels,
And the knaves,
Will be punished if they flee,
To the Alps, or to the sea,
Or to India's basaltic HAVEN caves."
Yet the reader fully knows,
And loud screeches,
How the number of it grows;
Yet the reader clearly tells,
How the number of it swells,
Like the Monty Python skit in which the Vikings sing of *BELLS—
Of the BELLS—
Of the BELLS, BELLS, BELLS, BELLS,
BELLS, BELLS, BELLS—
The annoying mass-deploying of the BELLS.
=TABLESAW, West Hills CA