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Poor Poat must be having a miserable weekend, with all the adverse comments on various sites about Buried Treasure. I know what it's like to get stick for a puzzle that's taken hours to write, and Poat's puzzle must have taken far more work than anything I've produced. Getting regular unchecked letters to read as a coherent message, a triple acrostic, and all the red herrings - I'm in awe of anyone who can create such a construction. I don't think that should be forgotten in all the controversy about the endgame.

I went for the preamble highlighting for want of anything better, but like many wasted a lot of time hunting around in the grid. Actually I see nothing wrong with the idea of highlighting something in the preamble, in fact it's a rather novel twist - but what a pity that it wasn't signalled in some way, either by some more wording in the preamble or a further acrostic/message (if that were possible). I'm really surprised that someone who test solved the puzzle didn't suggest this.

It didn't bother me too much as I haven't sent in a solution in since 1746, but I can see that those who've had nearly a year of all corrects will not be happy bunnies. I suggest that Poat still deserves praise for an otherwise excellent puzzle, and perhaps a note could be made that in future Listeners requiring highlighting in an unusual place should contain a clear indication of this.



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