Posted by rightback on October 20th, 2007
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’.
|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).|
|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.|
|7||FL (= ‘floruit’ = ‘flourished’) + A TRACE|
|13||MARRY (double definition)|
|15||IT TAKES TWO; (KEATS TO WIT)*|
|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.|