The Big Issue : Edition 534
44 THEBIGISSUE7–20APR2017 2017 - Puzzle 5 JUST THE FACTS (AND ONE LIE) ABOUT... TALL STUFF Which of these is really a tall story? 1 On 24 October 2014, Alan Eustace jumped from a balloon 41 kilometres above earth, setting the world altitude record for a parachute jump and exceeding the speed of sound. 2 The world’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. It measures 829.8 metres in height. 3 Over the years, various techniques have been employed for getting over the high-jump bar, including the Scissors, the Western Roll, the Eastern Cut-off and the Fosbury Flop. 4 The world’s tallest country by average male height is Germany, where men average 185 centimetres (6 foot 1 inches). 5 The Tall Guy was a forgettable 1989 “comedy”, starring Jeff Goldblum and Emma Thompson, with the screenplay by Richard Curtis. by Michael Weldon CARTOONBY(TOPRIGHT)ANDREWWELDON;(TOPLEFT)MICHAELWELDON ADDER’S COIL by Wylie Ideas wylieideas.com.au Place a number in each empty square to make a path through squares of the grid following the numbers 1 to 9 in order, repeated as many times as necessary. After 9, start again with 1. The path tracks through adjacent squares horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally, to form a continuous loop that does not cross itself, split or reach a dead-end at any point. Solution next edition! HOW TO PLAY ADDER’S COIL SOLUTIONS #533 BY LINGO! TATTOO The buzz of the tattooist’s needle and the beat of the drummer’s tattoo may share a rhythmic quality, but they don’t share a history. Drum tattoo is from the Dutch tap-toe, which mean “shut the tap”, referring to shutting off the beer at the end of an evening. By 1680 it referred to the signal calling soldiers to their quarters at night and by 1755 referred specifically to a drumbeat. Tattoo as a permanent inking is from one of the Polynesian languages Captain Cook came into contact with in 1769. Of course, English speakers got tattoos well before the 1700s, earlier names included Jerusalem cross or Jerusalem letters, as tattoos were apparently common for pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land. by Lauren Gawne (superlinguo.com) PUZZLES 2017 - Puzzle 4 Answer: No 4. Germany only ranks number seven on the list. Holland is number one, with a national average of 182.5 centimetres (six foot).