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Guardian 24,207 (Sat 13 Oct)/Enigmatist – Double entendre

Posted by rightback on October 20th, 2007

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Solving time: 15 mins, one missing (3dn)

Another puzzle with an epic answer, this time 14 words long (perhaps certain compilers at the Guardian are having a bit of a competition?), and beautifully integrated with all the parts symmetrically placed. I didn’t know the song, which made the whole puzzle a difficult solve for me, not assisted by initial wrong answers at 22dn and 27dn and a knowledge gap at 3dn.

Music: The ‘theme’ song linked to below is pretty dreadful, so 15dn wins: It Takes Two by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston.

* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

Across
10 HELL + O – 666 is the Devil’s number.
11 TAIGA; “TIGER” – I think Colchester Zoo has a ‘Tiger Taiga’.
13 MAYFAIR; “MAY FARE” (‘could do’)
14 etc IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME? (cryptic definition) – a song by the Bellamy Brothers, apparently from a quote by Groucho Marx.
19 SUE, from USE (= ‘employment’)
20 ‘TWEEN; TWEE (= ‘showing sentimentality’) + [mila]N – hard clue with a very well disguised definition (“Inter [Milan]…”).
22 BAKLAVA; “BACK” + LAVA
26 STAIR; A[dult] in STIR (= prison).
28 [a]UNTIE[s]
Down
1 A BIT THIN (two defs, one cryptic)
2,4 FAMILY AFFAIR (cryptic definition) – I was stuck on this and only resolved the top left by postulating BEAUTIFUL at 9ac.
3 OTTAVA RIMA; rev. of (Mira + VAT + TO) + A – a type of verse in poetry, I didn’t know it and guessed ‘straba sina’ which just about fits the wordplay, provided you accept that ‘rising’ can be an anagram indicator.
5 FLE(A BIT)E
7 FL (= ‘floruit’ = ‘flourished’) + A TRACE
13 MARRY (double definition)
15 IT TAKES TWO; (KEATS TO WIT)*
18 BOU(QUE)TS
22 BET + IDE – I originally wrote in ‘betray’ here which I knew wasn’t quite right, but it fit the wordplay so well I didn’t stop to think. This made solving the long song title a real struggle. ‘Beautiful bear’? ‘Beautiful boat’? ‘Beautiful beak’?
23 ABACUS; AC in A BUS
24/8 YOUR MOVE (two defs)
25 O + V(ERR)IDE – ‘overrule’ didn’t help me here.

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