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Greywolf

Literary links and their offspring

What links giant tripods, Max and Ruby, "a canner exceedingly canny", and (with a little extra) a film nominated for nine Oscars, but winning only one(for Best Screenplay)?

From this you may deduce a kind of arch in Somerset, which is also a kind of kick, and a male gymnastic exercise.

And what is phonetically odd about this word? Unique, I think, in English.

(I hope this is neither too easy nor too hard!)

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Evie

Hmm...  The link I can get is from Wells (as in HG - tripods in War of the Worlds) and the scissor arch in Wells Cathedral, which fits with the kick, though I didn't know it was a male gymnastic exercise.  I'm not sure how it fits with the rest of the clues, though!

Is the phonetic thing that the double ss in scissor is pronounced as a z?
Evie

Oh, so maybe the 'little extra' is Welles, as in the mighty Orson?  Did the wondrous Citizen Kane receive 9 Oscar nominations but win only one?

No idea about Max and Ruby, though, nor canny canners...
Greywolf

Evie wrote:
Hmm...  The link I can get is from Wells (as in HG - tripods in War of the Worlds) and the scissor arch in Wells Cathedral, which fits with the kick, though I didn't know it was a male gymnastic exercise.  I'm not sure how it fits with the rest of the clues, though!

Is the phonetic thing that the double ss in scissor is pronounced as a z?

Yes - I think it's the only example in English of "ss" being pronounced as "z".

Caroyln Wells produced the limerick:

A canner exceedingly canny
One morning remarked to his granny
A canner can can
Anything that he can
But a canner canšt can a can, can he?


The American Rosemary Wells writes children's books, her most notable series being "Max and Ruby" - two rabbits.

I think you've wells and truly got nearly full marks though, Evie!!

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Evie

I didn't know that Citizen Kane only won one Oscar - what beat it to best film...?  Must look that up.

Fun sort of challenge, Greywolf.  I love that scissor arch in Wells - that was the key clue for me!
TheRejectAmidHair

It's a miracle that Citizen Kane won anything at all! The tycoon William Randolph Hearst took offence at the film, and used all his considerable power to restrict distribution, so it was barely seen at all. (He even tried to buy up all the prints so he could destroy them.) And even if it weren't for that, it's dramatically a very complex film, and not the sort of film to do well at the box office. Such films aren't generally Oscar material.

I see that the big film in the Oscars that year was John Ford's How Green Was My Valley. I'm a big fan of John Ford, and this one's a very enjoyable film, although it's hardly in the class of Citizen Kane. But even without the William Randolph Hearst business, I think the John Ford film would have swept up the Oscars that year.
Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

Could have been Rebecca or Casablanca, I know they both won Best Film Oscars in the early 40's
Not_Smart_Just_Lucky

Ah, so neither of my suggestions then. I do remember something about Citizen Kane being booed every time it was mentioned at the Oscar ceremony alright.

I don't know about Citizen Kane not being Oscar material. It did get 9 nominations, that didn't happen by accident
MikeAlx

Of course Wells and Welles have another connection, in that it was Orson Welles whose 1938 radio-adaptation of 'War of the Worlds', with its realistic news bulletin format, caused panic across America.

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