Re(6): Listener No. 4422: Buried Treasure by Poat IP: 126.96.36.199 Posted on November 19, 2016 at 11:16:47 AM by Craig Fothergill
I read the puzzle exactly the same way. It seemed such a clever finish.
Like many others, I was very disappointed with the actual solution.
It's not that highlighting in the preamble is a problem in any way (as stated elsewhere, John Green's request re: cutouts is not even known to most solvers, so should not influence choices of solution). It just feels like a very lazy final step when compared to the brilliance of the other thematic material. And I still have doubts about whether "H ARE" are really consecutive letters.
Disappointed to lose my all-correct status for 2016, but it makes it all the easier to stop solving on 1st Jan, as planned. Replies: