Posted by petebiddlecombe on December 28th, 2007
Solving time: a couple of hours, maybe a bit less.
Experienced Inquisitor solvers will know already that Eddie (from Eddie the Eagle, referring to the Indie masthead as well as the ski-jumper) is one of Mike Laws’s pseudonyms. As a quick bit of maths based on the preamble suggested, the phrase to be found in the extra letters in wordplay is: THOUSANDTH CROSSWORD IN OUR WEEKLY SERIES. I can remember tackling the first, and although I haven’t by any means solved the lot in between, this puzzle has provided lots of pleaure over the years.
This puzzle was a fairly straightforward one as a good chunk of the phrase was obvious vry quickly. I’d like to give a thumbs-up to the “( )” spaces provided after the clue numbers for writing the extra letters in, though on my copy I slipped into old habits and put most of them on the left of the clue number too.
On to the next thousand!
|3||G,LENo / O – leno = thin muslin-like fabric|
|4||HOuR,N.P.,OUT / U|
|5||sIMP,AIR / S|
|10||ARISTARCH = ‘severe critic’ must be answer, but I can’t see how to get (ARISTARCH+h) from “field locally set on church”|
|13||BEE,RoUP=pour out / O – beer-up = an Aussie boozing event|
|15||sEM(PI)RICAL / S – pi = ration in reclaims*|
|18||RAT=tar rev.,T,LINEr / R|
|19||S.C.,RATTLEd / D|
|20||PiA,CO / I – pia = a tropical plant, and a paco is an alpaca|
|21||NICAEAn / N – ae. = aetatis = aged, as in “aged 12″, inside ca, inside inn*.|
|25||SESELIw / W – SE in wiles rev. – “a plant of the genus Seseli of the Umbelliferae family”. No wonder the def. is just ‘plant’!|
|34||(w)AiF,FINE / I – affine (n.) = a relation, esp. by marriage. I vaguely remembered affine functions fom maths, so got this right for the wrong reason.|
|35||LA,LA=look twice,GEe = move to the right / E – you need to look in the ‘First Name’ part of C to find this “talkative woman”.|
|36||P.E.,(t)RIMEsTER / S|