Inquisitor 1781 Valediction by eXtent

The weekend would not begin well. That is to say, with a 120 mile drive home from a work trip into a low winter sun, and ice under-tread for added entertainment value. To add insult to injury would be to find on returning that the youngest two had managed to catch the lurgy doing the rounds and generally making the news. Perhaps it would be this that inspired me to resort to the SA and faint in a very unmanly fashion at 2AM in the bathroom.

Thankfully, the quite picturesque if cold morning found everyone feeling, if not altogether healthy, at least able to face the world. After a brisk walk up the mountain, chips… And, oh, a perky little number courtesy of the dastardly duo.

Fish, and lots of them. Unscrambled, that is, with aquatic creatures of a technically different ilk in the top and bottom rows, though it took me a while to spot that they were all dolphins.

Now, you would think that having read the Hitchhiker’s books a number of times, not to mention having consumed the TV series, film, and original radio show, that the message ADAMS FOURTH BOOK IN TRILOGY, combined with talk of dolphins, would have leapt out, but I will admit to my shame that I spent some time looking to see if, in the Abrahamic, Islamic or otherwise traditions Adam had any other named children outside of the famous ones.

Before light dawned, and I erased the dolphins who of course fled Earth before its demolition to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Their final message to mankind, and the title of the referenced book? That, of course, “misinterpreted as a surprisingly sophisticated attempt to do a double-backwards somersault through a hoop whilst whistling the ‘Star Spangled Banner’”, was SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH.

Which raised a smile, as did the puzzle as a whole, so thanks to all for an enjoyable and welcome piece of Inquisitor-lite.



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