Posted by loonapick on March 30th, 2007
Despite the sombre occasion which inspired the theme of Phi’s puzzle, this was an enjoyable crossword to solve. The clues were not overly complex, and, despite taking an inordinate amount of time to work out the name we were looking for, my overall feeling is that I could have completed this much more quickly had I known the expression “cater cousin” and that u.s. = “as above” (see below). I filled the grid in less than an hour, spent at least another hour agonising over the name of Phi’s deceased pet, and then another 20 minutes or so looking up onelook.com (invaluable website) to find a word which could link the unthemed entris that I had worked out, before realising that I’d have got these much quicker by applying a bit of lateral thinking to the three long anagrammed entries.
Anyway, I got there in the end.
Here’s how: –
1) The unthemed entries were not overly difficult.
Clues of note were:-
12 CAR(IB)E – a small carnivorous South American fish
15 REF(i)T – old word for “looted”
19 CHARNECO – CHAR + (once)* – once a sweet wine
20 P-RE(CE)DE – “rede” is a word for advice that I don’t remember coming across before, but then I am still a comparative novice when it comes to barred crosswords.
26 EMERGED – M in (<=degree)
28 (pet) SHOP BOYS – I’m not sure that the Pet Shop Boys qualify as a group since there are but two of them
31 QU(it)E(q)U(it)E – Convoluted clue, but it makes sense and leads you to the answer – I liked “waiters” as the definition
33 AORTA – although I have to admit that I don’t have a clue why
34 IKAT – first letters of Indonesion Knotters Are Tie-dying. Ikat is the name of a Malayan tie-dying process and of the cloth that results from the process
35 PAR-AMOS – windswept plains of South America
36 NO-R(a)THS – a rath is a prehistoric Irish hill-fort
1 see below
2 LLANEROS – (<=sore ‘n’ all) inhabitants of a llano, a large grassy plain in Latin America
3 OENONE – a nymph in Greek mythology, abandoned by Paris in favour of Helen
4 MEET-NESS – not sure about the “enraptured in look” bit, but meetness is an old word for suitability
5 ROT(CH)E – a very small arctic seabird, and “rote” is apparently the roar of the surf – you learn something new every day when you do crosswords!
7 see below
18 SCARPETTO – (spectator)* – a kind of climbing boot
23 ICES-TONE – another word for cryolite or Greenland spar, a type of rock
24 see below
25 SOU(A)R-I – a South American evergreen tree
27 see below
29 BUCHU – (<=cub) +HU(?) – can’t see the “endless shouting” = HU, but a buchu is a South African shrub, the oils of which are used in the treatment of urinary organ diseases
2) The unclued down entries were as follows:
24 K(ISS)ING where ISS is the International Space Station
3) Once the grid is filled you are left with the following along the top, middle and bottom rows
TOP FLO?MER?CAR?N and unused letters A, I and I, therefore FLO(AMERICA)RIN
MIDDLE KO?ASA?OVE?CK and unused letters P, B and E, therefore KOP(AS ABOVE)ECK
BOTTOM G?IOU?TEA?NEA and unused letters U, R and M, therefore GUI(OUR TEAM)NEA
4) We are now ready to work out the name of Phi’s pet – I worked it out by looking up each of the unclued words and eventually finding one word that they all had in common – COUSIN (FIRST COUSIN, CATER COUSIN, COUSIN GERMAN and KISSING COUSIN).
However, Cousin doesn’t immediately spring to mind as a typical name for a pet cat, so I had to confirm it via the anagrams.
Each of the anagrams follows a pattern – a word for a coin, and a definition of the letters US inside (America, as above = ut supra = u.s., and our team, as in sport eg), so they cleverly spell out CO(US)IN.