Listener 4380: Stomach by MynoT IP: 18.104.22.168 Posted on January 30, 2016 at 06:26:30 AM by Andy Stewart
I thought this was a really enjoyable puzzle. I found filling the grid quite tricky and didn't attempt it until I had solved almost all the clues. My method was possibly the reverse of what was intended since I worked out the message before filling the grid. I was helped in this by my recollection of a similarly structured Magpie puzzle by MynoT in which a hidden message contained the word 'symbols.' Initially I lacked the Y because I hadn't managed to parse the clue to BREW. Once I got that, I saw 'Symbolise clashes' as a possible message. Grid construction then became pretty straightforward, and the last answers that had eluded me fell into place.
I then agonised for a couple of days over what to use to replace the clashes, graphic symbols (neither new nor scientific) or IAU abbreviations. I convinced myself that IAU abbreviations could be regarded as symbols, so was drawn to those, but I was sure the setter intended graphic symbols as in his Magpie puzzle - so much more satisfying. I plumped for that in the end, but I see both options were accepted, which is only fair and proper.
It's a pity that the hidden message and/or preamble weren't worded slightly differently to ensure a set of graphic symbols was the only option, but these issues are sometimes difficult to foresee.
I never managed to work out the title. Perhaps somebody could explain. I hope I haven't missed the blindingly obvious.