Posted by linxit on November 9th, 2007
I thought I’d made a mistake and printed out the TLS Crossword instead today! At least there were no unfinished quotations, and actually the only answer I wasn’t familiar with was 5dn. Amazing that every single answer belongs to the theme, without anything really obscure required.
7 HI,A(WATH=what*)A – I was thinking Asian Indian until I got the W. Duh!
9 ALLEY,N – this is Edward Alleyn, 16th century actor.
10 GLYN – aptly hidden in “darinGLY Naughty”, Elinor Glyn invented the dreaded crossword cliché “It” = sex appeal.
11 KE(NIL)WORTH – (The work)* around NIL – nice &lit, as Kenilworth is a romantic novel.
14 L(ANGL(e))AND – William Langland, 14th century poet.
15 GATS,BY – stag rev.
17 B,R,ECHT – echt is German for authentic, Bertolt Brecht is the &lit- defined German playwright.
20 RABELAIS (base liar)*
22 STEELE – “steel” – Richard Steele, co-founder of The Spectator.
23 O(SCARWIL)DE – SCARWIL being (scrawl I)*
26 SA(LIN=nil rev)GER – JD Salinger, author of the brilliant Catcher in the Rye.
1 FIELDING – cricket reference, and Henry Fielding, satirical novelist.
2 O(W)EN – W(ar) inside one* – Wilfred Owen, the WW1 poet.
3 STOKER – two meanings again – Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
4 FAULKNER – (K Lear fun)*
5 ALTO(N) LOCKE – I guessed this from the wordplay and crossing letters in the end. Last one I put in. It’s a novel by Charles Kingsley.
6 LY(TT)ON – only* around TT (teetotaller). Lord Lytton, famous (among other things) for really starting a novel with “It was a dark and stormy night…”
8 ARNOLD (Landor*) – I assume this is Matthew Arnold.
16 B,RAN,WELL – Branwell was the less well-known brother of the Bronte sisters.
18 TULLIVER – Gulliver “initially altered”. Maggie Tulliver is the main character in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss.
21 AUSTEN – “Austin”, state capital of Texas.
22 S(TELL)A – “Stella“, real name Esther Johnson, was a friend of Jonathan Swift’s.
24,25A ANNA SEWELL – just a cryptic definition referring to Black Beauty, I think.