OK hello again - and apologies for the below Wordzzle. I was really in two minds as to publish it or not as I wrote it late in the evening with a headache from travelling - so it didn't really come out as well as it sounded in my head.
As you may have noticed I had a go at Magpie tales this week. It was interesting to try a different type of challenge - but I think I find Raven's Wordzzles more interesting - you can pretty much do what you want with a picture, whereas words set by someone else make you work a bit harder for the payoff. Maybe everyone should have a regular try at both - keep those thought muscles working.
As you know Raven publishes a series of words - 5, 10 and 15 to be incorporated in any way you see fit. This week we have a one off idea that came from recently listening to some Puccini and thinking "well, it sounds nice - but i don't have a clue what it's all in aid of"
Words for thisweek's 10-word challenge are: English, edible, eagerly, elves, eulogy, estimable, entrance, education, extra-special, Energizer Bunny
And for the mini: drab, dutiful, dusty, delicatessen, dart board
A modern day opera about love, life and stationery supplies
Act The First
“Ode To The New World”
The early hours before opening and the products sing eagerly of their joy that soon they will be sold and go forth into the world
Amongst the voices Harold the novelty stapler sings a eulogy to his forbidden love: Florence the duplex photocopier
The shop assistance arrive and sing about the futility of life selling items of stationery
“What Do You Want?”
As the customers arrive we see Claude, the education specialist. He is marking the scores from his English class and needs an extra-special stapler. In contrast Harold the stapler sings of his attempts to hide – but will Harold be sold?
Act The Second
“Ode To A Busted Staple”
Claude tries out the various staplers on display – none of them make the grade, but tragedy strikes when he sees Florence the duplex photocopier as advertised by Gertrude
“Lapin”(French for bunny)
Gertrude the shop assistant makes her entrance, dressed as an Energizer Bunny and sings about the shelf life of batteries. Claude, unseen, sings of how he wishes to make Gertrude fall in love with him
“The Copies Are On Me”
Florence the duplex photocopier sings of the estimable service she provides to the world as Gertrude and Claude debate the price of her sale. They fix on a price and Claude goes to the counter with the love of Harold’s life in his arms
Act The Third
“Oh My My”
Harold is comforted by the edible calculators and decides he must take his revenge on the world outside.
“It’s In Our Hands”
Claude and Gertrude plan their lives together whilst Harold conspires with the other supplies.
“Take Me Up The Aisle”
The staff of the shop, unaware of the machinations of Harold pause to wonder if it is the magic elves that haunt the shop that are moving the staplers around
“Never Make The Sale”
On the verge of being sold Harold makes his move and Claude is stricken by a fatal papercut
“Ode To A Dying World”
As the papercut takes Claude’s final moments he sings of his love of Gertrude and sings his dying aria “I wish I’d bought a tumble dryer instead”