1. Based on my feelings about noisy eaters, this is just the place where they all get shipped off to, so the rest of us can eat in peace.

  2. I’m guessing the cartoonist was in a restaurant, and the next table over was full of noisy eaters, and she thought “I wish those people would go live on an island.”

  3. It’s even worse if one person [moi] has misophonia [Misophonia may cause a reaction to sounds such as dripping water, chewing, snapping gum, or repetitive noises, such as pencil tapping. People with misophonia can become irritated, enraged, or even panicked when they hear their trigger sounds, causing a ‘fight or flight’ response. Treatment might involve therapy or lifestyle recommendations, such as using sound protection or creating “noise-free” zones within living spaces.] And it doesn’t involve actual noisy eating; just the sound of crunching or chewing makes me want to run screaming from the table (thereby highly insulting the miscreant).

    Once we knew what it was (and that I wasn’t just being a PITA), we’ve been able to deal with it better, but there are still times I have to eat in another room, or put the music system a leetle bit louder.

  4. beckoningchasm, I see that the main cryptic clue answer must indeed be “Easter” [Island] as you say. It however seems only lightly related to the cartoon. Did that clue accompany the drawing on some prior publication? The words match what appears as the caption within the drawing, but without the “(6)”. And the scene is not Easter Island. So what is this addition trying to accomplish?

  5. My first thought was Easter Island as well, but if that’s the case, what is the purpose of “noisy”.

  6. In the cryptic crossword tradition, there are elements which in some way describe or hint at how the literal content of the clue text may relate to the intended “light” (answer, thing to be entered in the diagram). And “noisy” (like “crazy” or “disturbed”) is often a hint at anagramming. So “eaters” taken noisily gives “Easter”.

  7. And to be clear, the cartoonist of course did put the words “noisy eaters island” in the drawing as title or caption. But she did not repeat it outside the panel, and add the “(6)”, and indicate that it should be played with as though a cryptic crossword clue. All of that was done by some commenter at Comics Kingdom, perhaps dollarbill himself, who sent it in to CIDU with the clue formatted accompanying it. So we don’t need to attribute an interest in cryptic clues to Mary Lawton, the cartoonist.

    (It was just a CIDU editorial postscript note to add the second clue. Clearly a different answer since the word lengths differ. Also not really well-formed, as the “This could be considered a” is not functionally part of the clue.)

  8. And THIS is why I don’t do crosswords, Sudoku or cryptics. I STILL have no idea what anyone is talking/writing about. I guess I like my world to have as few puzzling things in it as possible.

  9. Cryptic crosswords have a set of standard ways of phrasing clues. “A number” usually means a Roman numeral, while “point” refers to one of the four compass directions. “Love” usually means the clue contains an “o.” “Noisy” is like “upset” meaning an anagram, as Mitch4 points out. And “in” or “contains” means the clue is part of two separate words (eg, “dwarf area” contains “warfare.”)

  10. … and to complete the thought, Rapa Nui is another name for Easter Island.
    Thanks and kudos, cxp and deety.

  11. “t’s even worse if one person [moi] has misophonia [Misophonia may cause a reaction to sounds such as dripping water, chewing, snapping gum, or repetitive noises, such as pencil tapping.”

    Wait? There are people on the planet that DON’T have Misophonia?

    You mean there are people who AREN’T irritated by distracting noises? So all the people tell me to calm down and don’t get why I’m annoyed aren’t just being deliberately obtuse? The really don’t understand why the interrupting sounds are genuinely distracting.

    Can we shove all these irritating calm people to an island so that when I shout “Can you stop pacing around the kitchen! I’m trying to think!” they will answer “Oh, I’m sorry” and not respond with the idiotic “why? what does it matter if I’m making noises”


    Rapa Nui! Excellent!

    Although I’ve never heard “noisy” as meaning an anagram but it is fair.

    Although the clue should include something indicating the meaning of the answer. So So although: Sickly “ARIA PUN” can mean to anagram “ARIA PUN” to get RAPA NUI there should be something in the clue indicating Rapa Nui the thing. So a clue like “island is a sickly aria pun”

    For Andrea and Mark M. A cryptic crossword clue “Noisy Eaters Island” should be read as: noisy “eaters”: island, so ‘noisy “eaters”‘ means an anagram of “easters” and “island” tells you what you are looking for.


    “deety, perhaps Mary Lawton likes doing cryptic crosswords and the clue struck her as amusing. Some of them can be very strange.”

    Not a chance. This is “Six Chix” after all. The thought of banashing noisy eaters to an island is about as universally understandable and funny as “Six Chix” ever gets. That it makes a very good cryptic crossword clue is certainly entirely a coincidence.

  12. You mean there are people who AREN’T irritated by distracting noises?

    Yes. We can start with any customer of a shop selling packaged American-style pretzels.

  13. Andréa – I used to occasionally do the crossword puzzle in our local newspaper. Over the past year I have taken to doing so daily. It is setup so that Monday is the easiest puzzle of the week and Saturday is the hardest – the Sunday one is larger than the others and medium hard to do. I have gotten to the point that I can solve all of them – doing so online so I know that I got the answers correct and it is not a question of thinking I did.

    About 3 weeks ago the Saturday puzzles got much harder and their title changed. When I happened to read the description of the puzzles where I solve them online I found a notice saying that so many people had trouble with the Saturday puzzles that they are now still hard, but easier than they were. I am debating sending the man who edits who edits them and wrote this comment that I find it much the other way for me – they were easier and now are harder.

    Robert will not do them as he says they violate all sorts of rules of crossword puzzles in the words which are used.

    Of course I do not do the crossword puzzle for the day until after I solve the Suduko X puzzle for the day and sometimes the regular Suduko puzzle also. (In the X puzzle both of the diagonal columns from top corner to opposite bottom corner – an X shape – also must have one of each number also.)

  14. Figuring where we are in the year – are they having an early Easter dinner on Easter Island?

  15. Andréa — if you are actually curious as to how these work, there’s a how-to-do-it daily quiz at https://lovattspuzzles.com/online-puzzles-competitions/crypto-quiz/

    You won’t get it the first few time you try, but it’s cryptic clues with multiple choice answers. So just choose one, and then, right or wrong, it will break apart the clue and show how it works. Once you get a feel for what sorts of things they’re doing, you can start getting it on your own.

  16. I just jumped up from my TV to come comment that they used one of these in the episode of “Endeavour” I was watching. Morse [this is young Morse] has stopped by a village home to pick up his date [!], and her father, working on his crossword, reads off a clue. “Slaughter horse and worry about it. Crossword clue. I don’t suppose …”. Morse unhesitatingly interrupts, “Carnage. If it’s seven letters.”

    I haven’t finished the episode, so can’t say whether this is just an amusing moment or is actually a clue to the murders he is working on. But the writers have overloaded it for us, as the man with the crossword is a veterinarian who in the previous scene had just put down a horse which had gone lame, at the barns of the rich family where the pater familias had just been shot the previous day. Maybe it won’t be connected with the crossword, but I am anticipating one of the twists is that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity because the victim had swapped horses.

  17. I liked Endevour so much more than the Inspector Morse series, until, that is, he [Endevour] got romantically involved and the mystery/solving thereof became secondary to the ‘will they/won’t they’ plotting. Jumped the shark for me at that point.

  18. That’s actually a very well-crafted clue. The “about” accounts for how “care” gets split around “nag”.

  19. Andréa, I’m glad to hear you were enjoying Endeavour too. When you talk about the romantic element that they over-teased, I guess you mean with Joan Thursday (the boss’s daughter). You might like to know they’ve dropped that thread, as of where I am now, which is season 6. But have introduced other continuing-story elements that I will say I’m not totally happy with.

    In the original “Morse” series, as the older detective, even then he was sort of on-the-make pretty often, so it makes sense for consistency that his younger version should be seen to have some romantic impulses too. But in the episode I mentioned just now, he really should not have asked out a suspect! (SPOILER) Especially as she turned out to have borrowed her veterinarian father’s bolt horse-gun to do in the next victim!

    Overall I might agree that Endeavour is my highest-rated as a program from the Morse universe. But my favorite continuing/central character has become Hathaway (played by Laurence Fox), the new second-banana to Lewis in the “Inspector Lewis” series. (Lewis himself I had too much of already in the original “Morse” series.) And saying Hathaway was at Cambridge was a nice touch to say Oxford is not the center of the world. 🙂

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