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Re(9): Listener No 4350 - Revelation of John by Elfman

I found this puzzle very hard but I think this was mainly my fault. I spent too long thinking the theme was related to magna carta (the John connection being King John, magna carta appearing in the 10 clues and missive in grid), the bible book Revelations (from puzzle title, apocalypse having 10 letters and missive in grid) or Waterloo (John=Loo). Also both magna carta and Waterloo had anniversaries that weekend.

My other time-wasting failing was looking for contiguous letters to highlight. The breakthrough for me was dwelling on the preamble reference to words sharing an axis of symmetry, abandoning contiguous letters and looking at regularly spaced letters. This produced SEVEN fairly quickly which prompted a look for SIX and EIGHT in adjacent rows and the penny dropped.

Re the title, I think it is a reference to the words "I'm the rocket man" in the song which could be regarded as a revelation.

Overall a hard puzzle but not unfair in my opinion.


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