# A Trivial Pursuit #17 (Science and Nature 3/4): Workaround

This is part 17 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end.

Solve the clues and enter their answers into the grid below as a single chain, where the last letter of one clue is the first letter of the next, and the chain bends around the ends of the rows.

Solve on Penpa+

1. Coarse (5)
2. Chapter (5)
3. Evergreen (3)
4. Vase (3)
5. Whinny (5)
6. Thy (4)
7. Lumber (4)
8. Pudding (7)
9. Ensemble (6)
10. Forecaster (7)
11. Educated (6)
12. That place (5)
13. Twist (5)
14. Bear (7)

Er, hang on – looking at those letter counts, something’s not quite right here. Fortunately, the letters in the shaded cells will anagram to a hospital department you might find useful if you struggle to solve this!

## 1 Answer

The department is

OTIATRY (ear medicine).

The words to be entered in the grid

Are all homophones of the clued answers thus we have the clued answers:
1. ROUGH
2. PHASE
3. YEW
4. URN
5. NEIGH
6. YOUR
7. WOOD
8. DESSERT
9. TROUPE
10. PROPHET
11. TAUGHT
12. THERE
13. WRING
14. GRIZZLY

leading to the entries

1. RUFF
2. FAZE
3. EWE
4. EARN
5. NAY
6. YAW
7. WOULD
8. DESERT
9. TROOP
10. PROFIT
11. TORT
12. THEIR
13. RING
14. GRISLY

so that the highlighted letters are

RAOTITY

which anagrams to

OTIATRY appropriately for a homophone puzzle.

• Exactly right - all correct :) Funnily enough though, I had forgotten about the word you used in #11 (in my head there was only the one of the form .AU.), which now makes me feel I should have noticed this and made the clue 'Stretched' instead, to remove any ambiguity. No need to make any alterations to your answer, just a point of design feedback from me to me (!)
– Stiv
Oct 4 at 12:57