Posted by michod on February 1st, 2007
What makes a good anagram indicator? This puzzle combines what, to me, are some excellent anagrinds and some weaker ones, so I thought I’d set out my own personal likes and dislikes. “At sea”, ”in distress” and “terrible” are obviously fine, though it’s a shame the latter appears twice. I don’t object to nounal indicators per se, but “barge” in 11 Across doesn’t work for me – a barge, as in a shove, might make you wobble a bit, but shouldn’t knock you down unless you play for Chelsea. “Out” is not all that logical when you stop to think, but it’s an established convention. But for some reason I can’t feel the same about “perhaps”. It’s very useful to indicate an example of something, as in 19 Down, but why should 20 Across “Perhaps Cherie” mean “perhaps cherie, or eriche, or c-erihe”? Perhaps it’s just used when no more fitting indicator presents. On the plus side, 15 across’s ‘liquid’, 6 down’s “out of the ordinary” and 16 Down’s “active” were all examples of an anagrind woven into the clue to great effect.
11. LANCASHIRE. HIRES CANAL*. Unsatisfactory anagrind is ‘barge’ – see preamble.
14. founD ETON A TErrific. Excellent hidden clue full marks.
15. (give)S NOWMA N. WOMAN*, good non-obvious anagrind in ‘liquid’.
17. BESTI AL. BITES* + AL(l).
20. CLERIHEW. CHERIE W L*. Perhaps not – see above.
22. BANNER. Nice double def.
23. IN(C.O.)HERENT. C.O.= consciencious objector, and a nice change from company.
24. PAIR? Can’t see the wordplay though.
25. NESSIE. IS SEEN* (at sea).
26. IDEOGRAM. MAGI RODE* (out).
1. STAR TURN. Avon = Nova turned around.
3. SMELTS. Double meaning, using fish as plural.
4. GRENADE. DANGER* (terrible) + E.
6. WASHINGTON. WAS NOTHING*. I liked this anagram a lot, very good surface.
7. BE(IR U)T.
13. LOWER HOUSE. Lower as a verb.
16. ATHLETES. THE LEAST* (active). Ilan’s emailed to suggest this type of clue should have a special name (+non-lit?), but to me it’s just another very good concise anagram clue.
18. AMERICAN. IN CAMERA*. Very loose definition and a pretty long phrasal anagrind – “would allow one to torture” – but it works.
19. SWEETIE. WE SEE IT*. (terrible). Perhaps is used here as part of the definition.
24. P AGE. It looked like SAGE, but I think it’s P for Prince, i.e. King’s son, + age.