Posted by michod on March 20th, 2007
Quite a hard one to get going with, though fell into place reasonably once I had the theme (with one exception, see below). But there are several whose wordplay I’m unable to explain.
8. NEGATIVE. EVITA GEN<. All-round meaning the whole thing’s reversed.
9. PRAGUE. (plague). I didn’t know this was his 38th, but the wordplay’s clear.
12. MOZART. Theme word, but I can’t see the wordplay – works of beauty=art, but where’s the castle? Is broadcasting a homonym indicator?
15. A(MADE)US. No doubting the elegant wordplay here though.
17. REQUIEM. Not sure about this one either – REM’s the rock band I presume, but why is either QUIE or EQUI ‘piece, we hear?’ Not sure it’s obvious how you’d pronounce them.
22. F REN CH. As in French and Saunders.
23. S(E PARAT)ING. Almost +lit, with anag of APART in middle.
1. BE IN< DORM.
2, 10 ac. G ANGLING.
4. V RED* URE.
5. OPERA B(roadcasting) LE. ‘The French’ by cross-reference.
6. MA(GI C FLU)TE. I like ‘caught virus’ for CFLU – not that many places you could use it though!
7. BU(R)GLE. I had ‘bungle’ for a mo, but the R is Mozart’s fifth letter.
13. ANDROMACHE. CHORD A NAME*.
16. Don’t know – ‘in Paris, you enunciated vulgarly’ could be ‘tu’ I suppose. Any offers?
18. E(SCA)LOPE. Confusing - it looks like ‘lo’ in ‘escape’, but I think it’s actually SCA in ELOPE. ‘Some scanties’ for SCA seems a bit vague, though, and while and escalope is a cut, I don’t see where ‘somewhat revealingly’ comes in.
22. FIGARO. OR A GIF(t)*.
24dn/ac: WEREWOLF. WE, FLOW<… but where’s is RE coming from?