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Guardian 24,063 (Sat 28 Apr)/Paul – “It’s good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places”

Posted by rightback on May 4th, 2007

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Solving time: 8:15

An easier puzzle than usual from Paul, with no 10ac that I could see.

Beginners’ tips: ‘criminal’ = FENCE, ‘fairy’ = PERI, ‘essay’ = TRY, ‘kiss’ = X.

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

Across
9 FENCE (= ‘criminal’) + POST
10/4dn THE MESON + G – G is the gravitational constant and g is the acceleration due to gravity, but I’m not keen on ‘gravity’ = G.
11 EVENING; rev. of (G + NINEVE[h])
13 TONAL (hidden) – ‘Entering X’ to mean ‘hidden in X’?
14 C(LOUD + I)EST – ‘incest’ meaning ‘inside CEST’ succumbed quickly to my Guardian antenna. ‘Figure’ = I (as a Roman numeral, I suppse) is a bit dubious.
16 MY LIPS ARE SEALED; (SIMPLY A)* + RE(SEAL)ED – I was very slow on this, probably my 5th last solve.
19 SENIORITY; (I.E. + TONY + [blai]R + IS)* – for some strange reason I tried using SC (= scilicet = ‘that is’) in this anagram before IE.
21 PERI + L
22 [viet]NAM + I + B + IA (= rev. of ‘A1′)
23 “COLLAR” + A
25 LAN(G + OUST)E – a spiny lobster. Last time I saw this in a crossword it was clued similarly, but not knowing the word I made a hash of it (think I put ‘langcaste’). This time the checking letters made it fairly straightforward.
Down
1 O + F + TEN + TIMES (= ‘XX’)
2 IN FER(N)AL
3/20 SERIAL NUMBER; B in (RULE REMAINS)*
6 S(T + R)ADDLE
8 SEXY; rev. of X in YES – racy.
14 CHARITABLE; (R + I) in HAT, all in CABLE – my last, slow solve. I had previously tried ‘Panama’ = ‘canal’, with curious results.
15 TIDAL WAVES; V in (LAID WASTE)*
17 POOH BEAR; “POO BARE” – ‘Little-brained’ is a dead giveaway, but not for me, sadly. I look forward to seeing ‘diarrhoea’ = POO in the Times.
18 L + ARGESSE (= (GREASES)*)
21 P(HOBO)S – the larger moon of Mars. I laboured over this in a recent Times Jumbo, but was quicker on this occasion.
23 C + ONE – ‘figure’ = ONE here; cf 14ac.

2 Responses to “Guardian 24,063 (Sat 28 Apr)/Paul – “It’s good spelling, but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places””

  1. says:

    I didn’t like TIDAL WAVES being clued as “dangerous surges”. Despite the common usage, tidal waves are really the waves associated with the regular rise & fall of waters with the tides – very often not surge-like or dangerous. “Tsunami” is presumably what the setter was thinking of when writing the clue, but there are also potentially dangerous surges called “storm surges”, which are associated with extreme weather (sometimes coupled with high tides). Anyway, a moot point really – I’m sure most people figured the answer okay anyway.

  2. says:

    The author of ‘Krakatoa – The Day The World Exploded’ makes an extremely rigorous distinction between the two basic types of wave, insisting that tidal waves are due to tidal effects only, while tsunami (‘harbour waves’) are due to a plate-tectonic shift of one sort or another.

    Krakatoa sat right over one of the most active subduction zones on the planet. At 1001 on August 27 1883, even after three massive eruptions, there were three volcanic peaks on the grumbling island. At 1002, all that remained was half of the northernmost one, poking out of the boiling sea.

    Only about 1000 people were killed by Krakatoa itself – when a rain of hot ash fell on the town of Ketimbang in Sumatra – while another 34000 approx were drowned by the four huge tsunami generated by the main explosions of 0530, 0642, 0820 and 1002.

    Anak (Child of) Krakatoa appeared in 1927, and is currently 200m high with a diameter of 2km.

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