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Inquisitor 29 – Occupation by Phi

Posted by petebiddlecombe on July 27th, 2007


Solving time 18:13

A very easy puzzle for me, partly because the theme tied into one of my interests. In eight theme answers, a letter had to be removed before jumbling, and the removed letters in order “identify what occupation the resulting entries have in common”. The other 32 clues were straightforward, with only about a quarter leading to “Chambers words”, so it didn’t take long to spot thematic answer / entry pairs like INCISORS / ?OSSI?I and DRIVER / ?ERDI, leading to theme answers Rossini and Verdi, both composers. The other six composers followed pretty quickly – from the checked letters in other unclued entries rather than from the thematic clues. I solved most of these after the event, though one still puzzles me. For those less acquainted with modern classical composers, Arnold, Ligeti and Reich were probably tricky thematic answers. For other clues, I’ve only listed the ones with the most obscure answers – ask about others in comments if they have you baffled. Defs in double quotes for these are copyright Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd: The Chambers Dictionary 2003.  (I’m being lazy and pasting from the CD-Rom version).

C I,N,C(I’S)ORS / Rossini
O L(A,RD)OON / (Malcolm) Arnold
M LEG IT,I,M / (Gyorgy) Ligeti
P CIP=pic rev.,HER / (Steve) Reich
O A R(M(uc)H)OLE / Mahler
S SHANDY (ref. Sterne’s Tristram Shandy) / Haydn
E {this is the one I don’t understand} / Scarlatti
R D,RIVER / Verdi
11 TAL(EA.)E a talea is a “recurring rhythmic pattern in isorhythmic medieval motets”.
12 LOSE,Y – Joseph L, best known for The Go-Between (1971)
26 NGONI (hidden word) – “Nguni n (pl Ngu’ni or Ngu’nis) a member of a group of Bantu-speaking peoples living in southern and eastern Africa, incl the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi; the languages spoken by these people. Also Ngoni.”
33 CEDRELA = cleared* “a tropical genus of Meliaceae, allied to mahogany.”
2 A,ESC. – a rune, represented in Old English by the ae ligature, and sounding like the a in cat. aesc was also ash, the tree.
3 STEGODON – GO=attempt,DO=clobber in NETS rev. An extinct creature related to the mastodon and elephant
29 GET(A)S – Japanese wooden sandals
30 LERE – one of various spellings of an archaic word for ‘to teach’ or ‘a lesson’
32 P(IL(l))I – pilus = Lat. for a hair, and this is the plural. The word that explains carpet ‘pile’, and various -pilate words

2 Responses to “Inquisitor 29 – Occupation by Phi”

  1. Phi says:

    SCARLATTI + E gives STRAIT-LACE, a back-formation which I discovered wasn’t in Chambers (nor Collins nor NODE) but it seemed an obvious enough form. Perhaps not, though…

    The clue works as TRAIT in SL + ACE.

    SL is a bit obscure, but I was at pains not to have anagrams in clues whose answers, even after manipulation, were to be anagrammed, so many ways into a 10-letter answer with friendly letters for anagrams were barred.


  2. petebiddlecombe says:

    I should have spotted TRAIT, and then the rest would probably have followed, even though SL=Solicitor at Law is new to me. But I’ll freely admit that once the grid is filled, I wouldn’t normally worry about sorting out the last few details.

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