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Old 11-21-2011, 02:27 PM   #3020
Wight of the Old Forest
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It has come to this reader's mind that our esteemed Downer, although renowned far & wide for its investigative and creative journalism, still lacks one vital ingredient of a distinguished newspaper. It has its own comic strip, which has attracted a huge and growing fanbase over the years, but isn't there still something missing? Something something to do with words... something black... white... and chequered...

This reader holds that problems should be solved by those who notice them. He has therefore set to work immediately and is proud to present to you the first installment of the


1. Nemesis of 5 down
4. Not the wheel, but the stone
9. Little Carcharoth
13. Not north nor south, but in Volume 3
15. Green rodent, preys on chatters
17. ... was an elven king
18. Princess of 15 across
20. Tolkien's initials
21. Champion of 9 across
23. German word for sausage
26. Didn't kill 9 across (whatever 21 across may say)
28. "The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of ... !"
30. Greek goddess of fan fiction (short)
31. Former foster-father of 1 across, later Soap Pope
32. Numenorean police inspector

2. Dwarven city in Finland
3. Czech Downer, Werewolf player (not 16 down, the other one)
5. Awesomest Downer ever
6. Hobbit in Westron
7. Time of day at which 8 downs are most active
8. Mobile home for wights
10. "Ash nazg ..." (to rule them all)
11. 1 across's original given name
12. New dog, former bus driver
14. Lommy's favourite animal
16. Inventor of the 180
19. Mountain of poultry
22. Goblin king, victim of newly invented sport
24. Producer of quality 11 down
25. Jungle cat - electromagnetic radiation = lycanthropic island
27. Original owner of Squatter's abode
29. Werewolf lynched on Day 1

The letters in the green squares, arranged in the correct order, spell out a section of the Downs where no servant of Morgoth dare set his foot.

The solution will be revealed next week. The first Downer to PM me with a complete correct solution before then wins a 100% vegetable cement pizza autographed by RoboTolkien himself. With meat.

PS. Staff of The Downer are of course hors concours. Sorry.
Und aus dem Erebos kamen viele seelen herauf der abgeschiedenen toten.- Homer, Odyssey, Canto XI

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