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Puzzle for Today

Puzzle No. 438 – Monday 18 March

Yesterday was St Patrick's Day. Originally a Catholic feast, the 17th March is now also a celebration of Irish identity and culture on the island of Ireland and beyond. Today's puzzle is a cryptic verse. Your task is to identify the five Irish items and their theme.

If today's puzzle leaves you dejected:

Eyes a-glazing, a pop sound detected?

Source the vitamin G,

Like Ed Sheeran’s folkie,

And take heart that it's not about Brexit.

Today’s #PuzzleForToday has been set by David Baynard a PhD student, from the University of Cambridge's Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.

Tackling the cryptic clues first:

Eyes a-glazing…: Fancy glass (treating ‘eyes’ as a verb), i.e. crystal. Perhaps Waterford crystal?

…a pop sound detected: like those made by a cork — or should that be a Cork.

Source the vitamin G: Guinness (aka vitamin G) originates in Dublin.

Like Ed Sheeran’s folkie: the fiddle-playing Galway girl from his song, Galway girl.

The first four items are Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Galway: four of the five most populous cities in the Republic of Ireland. The remaining city is, of course, Limerick.

Happy (belated) St. Patrick's day to you!

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