Fifteensquared

Never knowingly undersolved.

Inquisitor 46, Royalty by Lato

Posted by Colin Blackburn on November 23rd, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

By the time you read this I should be at the top of Manau Kea in Hawaii.
Unless I turn out to get altitude sickness in which case I’ll be in a bar in Hilo!

The grid is a 21? Royalty? Something to do with cards? Monarchs? No, it turns out it’s all about the King or Queen of the Jungle. I’m a crossword addict get me out of here. If you are still mystified it’s all about a “reality” TV programme, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

So, after filling in a few crossing answers 21ac turns out to be JUNGLE wherein the action takes place. The other unclue lights are CAMP FIRE (around which most of the inaction takes place and WITCHETTY GRUBS, something the contestants are occasional asked to eat in the Bushtucker Trials.

The additions to short word are the first names of the six winners of the six British series so far. The seventh series has just started, hence this puzzle I guess. You can see the full names of the “celebrities” at the Wikipedia link above if you are really that interested! The reduced entries had synonyms of celebrity removed before entry.

And, finally, the show is presented by Ant & Dec and so 7dn, DECANT, should be highlighted.

The answers below are the answers to the clues, additions, subtractions and extra definitions are given in the explanations.

Across
1 BARE — BAR+E — +CAROL
8 STARCHY — ARCH in STY — -STAR
10 BLUE — “blew” — +KERRY
13 NIDE — “nighed”
14 ICON — I+C+ON
15 CULLIONS — CULL+I(r)ONS — -LION
16 JUST — double def. — JUST is an old word for joust.
17 ESTATES — E(ast) STATES
19 UNITED — UNIT+ED(ucation)
22 VIPERISH — VI+PERISH — -VIP
24 TRES — TR(i)ES — +PHIL The incorrect enumeration got me here for a while.
26 SHAM — (HAS)* + M — (spells = PHILTRES)
28 FUSC — FUS(s)+C(abinet)
32 PABLO — OL(d)+BAP <
33 ASHETS — (HEATS+S)*
34 VIETNAMESE — I in VET + (SEAMEN)* — -NAME
36 ERS — ERS(e) — +MATT ERS is a plant, a vetch.
40 FLIT — F+LIT
42 EUOI — U in EO + I — classic Scrabble word! I = setter.
44 THAI — “tie”
45 REDO — ODER<
46 TIGER TEAM — (TIME GREAT)*
Down
1 BANS — BAN+S — +JOE
2 REDS — double def. — ref the film, Reds and Manchester UNITED.
3 CRETISM — (C+MISTER)*
4 ARIOT — A + RIO + ‘T
5 OBOE — O+BO+E(xcited)
6 EUK — (d)UKE*
7 DECANT — DECA(da)NT — Da = Delaware.
8 CNUT — N in CUT — phew!
9 HOLE — “whole” — (instruments = BANJOES)
11 YCLEPT — (c)YCLE+PT —
12 ASSES — ASSES(s)
18 TULIP — L in TUI+P — TUI is a NZ bird.
20 NIAMH — H+MAIN < — (affairs = MATTERS)
23 HEFTE — H + (FEET)* — H = 200 in medieval Roman numerals.
25,47 HERPES — HER+PES — PES = foot.
27 WEIMAR — I(n)+M in WEAR
28 FATFREE — — T(o)F(u) in FARE+E
29 COT — C+OT — +TONY
30 CAMEL — CAME+L — (dog = KERRY BLUE)
31 PETITE — TI in PETE
35 EDITH — H+TIDE < — (soft = COTTONY)
37 AUNE — “own”
38 TOPS — SPOT< — (song = BARCAROLE)
39 SHET — SETH*
41 LEAT — L+EAT
43 TIW — thaT I Want

One Response to “Inquisitor 46, Royalty by Lato”

  1. nmsindy says:

    I enjoyed this puzzle. I’d the entire grid filled in with no understanding of the theme, but a strong suggestion that JUNGLE was in there. Left the puzzle and turned to a newspaper (not the Indy) and saw what it might be. Wikipedia revealed the rest and the last step was not as fiendish (though they’re always totally fair) as in some previous Lato puzzles.

Leave a Reply

Don't forget to scroll down to the Captcha before you click 'Submit Comment'

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


five + 7 =