The Big Issue : Edition 551
52 THEBIGISSUE.ORG.AU 4–25 DEC 2017 2017 - Puzzle 22 JUST THE FACTS (AND ONE LIE) ABOUT... RAINBOWS 1 A rainbow is caused by the reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets. The outer colour of the rainbow is always red and the inner colour is always violet. 2 The rainbow flag was designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker and was first flown in 1978. The flag has always had six stripes. 3 ‘The Rainbow Connection’ is a song from the 1979 film The Muppet Movie. It was sung by Kermit the Frog and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980. 4 Rainbow Warrior was a ship owned by Greenpeace, which was sunk in Auckland Harbour in 1985. 5 Rainbow is a British hard rock band. It was formed by former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in 1975. The band’s original singer, Ronnie James Dio, left in 1979 to join fellow hard rock band Black Sabbath. 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 BY LINGO! BOXING DAY Christmas may bring people together, but argument about Boxing Day often divides them. Celebrated mostly in the Commonwealth, this public holiday means different things to different people; cricket, shopping, leftovers, St Stephen (patron saint of headaches). The earliest known use of boxing day is from 1833. The explanation in the Oxford English Dictionary is that it was the day servants received gifts; people gave their equals their gifts on Christmas Day, and their inferiors gifts on Boxing Day. But stories of boxing day relating to fist fights or throwing out unwanted gifts are likely to linger in the absence of anything more exciting. by Lauren Gawne (lingthusiasm.com) PUZZLES 2017 - Puzzle 7 ADDER’S COIL SOLUTIONS #550 Answer: No 2. The original rainbow flag had eight stripes!