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Guardian 24134/Brendan – musical

Posted by ilancaron on July 20th, 2007


I think the theme might be music since 26 clues out of 26 are related to music. Typical fine Brendanian surfaces: sensible and consistent.

In order to understand themes, PeterB always recommends taking note of the date… OK, it’s July 20 – the only thing that occurs to me is the attempt on Hitler’s life in 1944. Don’t think that’s relevant though.

Since the surface theme was so obvious, and knowing Brendan’s slyness, I wonder whether there’s another more subtle theme.


5 CREDOS – scored*. Easy anagram – hard word: CREDOS is music related to the Nicene creed.
6 [s]HARPER – not a real quibble but isn’t the person playing the harp an ist? This was my last clue.
9 MODES,T – ref. MODEST Mussorgsky whose “Pictures at an Exhibition” I was forced to learn on the piano.
18 BAND=”banned”,MASTER=”original recording”
21 OBOE – initial letters: “Of Bank Of England”. Nice deceptive surface – well, not really that deceptive since the theme was glaringly obvious..
22 RECORDER – nice double definition.
23 T(AB)LAS – AB in rev(salt).
24 SNATCH – chants* – fortunately the theme was music and not pornography.
25 PLANET – ref. Holst’s “The Planets” (who by the way was British – I would have thought N. European).


1 TE(LEMAN)N – “half-score” is TEN and LEMAN is an archaic term for lover (beloved of cryptic setters).
3 C(ANTIC,L)E – from the context I’m going to deduce that ANTIC is also an archaic term for “grotesque”.
7 RONDOS – hidden in “patRON, DO Special”. I think that the hidden indicator is “pieces of” and “music” is the definition and “as required by” is syntactic-candy.
8 BASS GUITARS – (a big Strauss)* – what I call an anti-&lit – i.e. the whole thing defines the opposite of the answer since I don’t think Strauss scored BASS GUITARS (e.g. I just can’t see John Entwhistle playing Strauss).
14 TEAR=”hurry” [con]DUCT[ing] – wow – defining TEAR DUCT a “passage conveying emotional response” is brilliant!
19 DVORAK – (r, vodka)*
20 RATTLE – two meanings: ref. Sir Simon RATTLE who even I’ve heard of.

5 Responses to “Guardian 24134/Brendan – musical”

  1. petebiddlecombe says:

    I didn’t mean to say that all themes are related to the puzzle’s date; but just that if you can’t see what the theme is, stuff related to the date is worth considering.

  2. muck says:

    9ac: I had to Google Mussorgsky to get this last clue

  3. mark says:

    The only player HARPER I’ve come across was a Steve Harper ex of Liverpool and Newcastle United.

    What next a violiner and fiddlist?

  4. ilancaron says:

    Much to my chagrin, Chambers indeed has HARPER as harpist. No violiner though — but if you play the viol you can be a violer.

  5. mark says:


    And I’ve met a few harpists in my time as a semi pro musician but never a harper.

    I like fiddlist though….it’s probably in chambers as well.

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