Posted by michod on January 24th, 2007
A puzzle with an overt theme, rather than one to be deduced, which gives a good illustration of the many different uses of ‘doctor’ in a puzzle. All the across clues and a couple of the downs contain the word. I counted four DRs, an MO and an MB, one anagram indicator, two or three types of doctor, four named doctors and several other clues in which doctor was part of the definition. Help welcomed with 15Ac and 19dn.
7. GR(IM)ACE. Ref cricketer Dr WG Grace (did he run a field hospital?)
8. DR + AUGHT.
10. MEDICO. Mice do*.
11. OVERDRAW. O REV< DR A W. I read ‘wants’ in crossword usage as meaning ‘lacks’. Here it means ‘has’. This seems like a case of having your cake and lacking it. As Desmond Dekker said, you can’t always get what you want.
12. NO DI. Ref Dr No… assume this is the plural of some complication – is that a nodus, or just a node?
14. LIVING STONE. Def being ‘Doctor presumed’, which is nice.
19. Looks like it should be something like ‘PELIETERANS’. No idea. Is there a solver in the house?
22. OMEN. MO< (h)EN.
23. BELL (B1) DR<.
25. F(AUST)US(s). Ref Marlowe’s Dr Faustus.
26. DETAINS. INSTEAD*, ‘doctor’ as a verb in anag indicator.
1. FREEDOM. FR + E + MODE<. Good clue, sadly no doctor in sight.
2. U MB I(LI)CI.
3. AC CO DR<. I like to think that, had it not been for the need to get a doc in here, there might have been a linkage between ‘cord’ and the previous clue!
5. SUEDES. Cryptic def.
6. THEATRE. THE + RATE*.
9. COASTGUARDS. DRUGS COSTS A* + lit, but relying on dubious ‘mint’ as anag indicator.
15. Any offers?
18. REPAINT. REP AIN’T. I’d take issue with ‘isn’t in ignorance’ for AIN’T, which is a form used in various regional accents. Oh, you mean the standard English word is ‘isn’t’? Well, I never knew that, pardon my ignorance!