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petrelet's crossword clue, Aug 4-5, 2002

petrelet's clue:  A city: Was old French ballad composer (9)

Posted by iomoon (583) star about me on Aug-05-02 at 05:37:25 PDT Auctions

 Pete
You mean Frankfurt was incorrect?

Posted by petrelet (198) star about me on Aug-05-02 at 05:43:38 PDT Auctions

How did you translate 'was old French ballad composer' as 'founded by old French ballad subject'? :-)

Posted by iomoon (583) star about me on Aug-05-02 at 05:57:18 PDT Auctions

To "find" is to discover, to put together the pieces, to assemble, to compose.
He is old historically AD 742-814 and genetically, 72 at moment of departure.
He is in "Chanson de Roland" a french ballad.
Strictly speaking he wasn't french but King of the Franks, King of Germany, and the Holy-Roman Emperor.
Besides which, Austin, Albany, Washington and London don't fit.

Posted by petrelet (198) star about me on Aug-05-02 at 06:25:45 PDT Auctions

*sigh* OK, here goes... hints and solution are in white, to see them highlight with mouse

Hint 1: An old French ballad is a "lai".

Hint 2: A composer is "Bach".

Hint 3: The name of this city, when it was under a different rule than today, was "Laibach". But even if you don't have an encyclopedia to check this out -

Hint 4: I wrote yesterday to io that I was "making capital out of yours." And since his country was "Slovenia", my city must be..

Solution: Ljubljana.

Posted by iomoon (583) star about me on Aug-05-02 at 06:50:04 PDT Auctions

Dang,
Brain needs to kick into higher gear.
Vic
A lighthouse tour isn't a very illuminating experience.
In fact it's very deceptive - all done by mirrors.

Posted by trianglemaarten (112) star about me on Aug-05-02 at 06:58:09 PDT Auctions

That was a hard one petrelet. I wasn't even close. I was checking French sounding 9-letter-names of capitals like Vientiane, Nashville. The word "lai" was new to me.

Posted by rclwa (557) star on Aug-05-02 at 10:32:29 PDT Auctions

Petrelet -- That was very clever. I, too, had not known the word "lai", and the "was" that required transforming from 7 to 9 letters was indeed subtle. And it was really "old French ballad" + "composer" which happily but misleadingly sound like a composer of the ballad (same idea as my scrambled "eggs + na" seeming to refer to breakfast food). I take it the link to Io's answer was pure serendipity.

Speaking of which, I lucked out that way once. I wrote a very complicated puzzle with an elaborate red herring trail based on a clue of a president (9 letters) who won the popular vote in three consecutive elections. Everyone went with Roosevelt, but it was actually Cleveland! The puzzle was published in GAMES magazine with perfect timing to coincide with the 2000 election brouhaha, in which the popular vote winner still lost, and many papers ran stories of the Cleveland loss in 1888 as a previous example. Puzzle solvers were agog how my puzzle could have predicted the current news.

Bob


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