Posted by nmsindy on March 6th, 2007
Another tour de force from Virgilius. Each row containing a part of the body in approximately correct order from the head to the feet. Despite this constraint, the remainder of the grid contains normal words. Some magnificent clues to savour. They all read so well, make surface sense and are exquisitely constructed. A pleasure to solve. One point to note with phrases in crosswords – two of which appear here – such as 9 and 24 across that ONE’S is used rather than the more natural YOUR. This is a very precise wording, but the main reason, I guess, is that it’s much easier to find crossing words. Also a lot of 1950s material in this, noted in clue explanations below.
Solving time: 21 mins
* = anagram
1 HEAD FOR HEIGHTS (he had + foresight)* I was looking for someone’s name at first. 5 is EVEREST
8 SHOULDERED ARMS A military term
11 P ELVIS The singer Elvis Presley known as “The Pelvis” because of his gyrations. Ed Sullivan TV show controversy and all that from c. 1956.
15 SCOTLAND (to clans)* D – one of the musical notes A to G. A superb &lit clue.
17 KIDNEY Also means temperament, nature, i.e. class
24 LAND ON ONES FEET
2 ATOMS o in ATMs “Sources of money” Atom a very small amount.
3 F E LINES Types of cat.
4 REELS Double definition. I remember seeing films which stopped every half hour or so to change to the next reel.
5 EVE RE (“ascent of Queen”) thiS summiT “finally”. Absolutely brilliant, referring also to the announcement that Everest had been climbed just before the Coronation in 1953.
6 GO A An area well known to solvers – Portuguese colony on the west coast of India which that country took over in the early 1960s. Its appeal to setters is the final A, I think.
12 EN CHIL(A)D A
13 VOTER “Left-winger or right-winger whose cross goes into the box?” Wonderful cryptic definition, suggesting football.
14 MA D Out to lunch = mad
16 ALPHORN (L= learner on harp)* a version of alpenhorn.
17 “finders KEEPERS”
20 ERNIE Wise (Comedian) and also Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment used to select Premium Bonds winners. Originated in the 1950s.
21 THE FT (Part of the Yard that’s cut i.e. ft = foot = one-third of a yard)