Posted by Hihoba on January 25th, 2008
This was a corker!! I’m still not completely convinced that we’ve got it right, but here goes.
The missing letters of the across clues instructed you to “INCLUDE PUNCTUATION” while the down clues said “IGNORE DIAGONAL BITS”.
The only punctuation marks I could find were hyphens and spaces. Thus, for instance, 1A appeared as GODspaceISspaceDEAD and 33A appeared as NEVERhyphenNEVER
The “ignore diagonal bits” instruction resulted in the letters A, K, M, N, Q, R, V, W, and X (there weren’t any Zs thank goodness!) being shorn of their diagonals.
So A = -, K = I, M = N = II, Q = O, R = P, and V, W and X become spaces. This gives a very strange look to the completed grid, but sorts out all the anomalies of crossing squares. So, for instance, the M of POMPEII (24A) is also the N of DUMPLING (9D), The X of XEROSIS (5D) is the space between GOD and IS, etc.
In the answers below, column 1 indicates the word with the extra letter inserted, column 2 is the answer as entered + (the actual answer to the clue), column 3 is an explanation.
I only realised when writing this blog, that the extra A in 10D is unaccounted for. Any suggestions?
Solving time : Ages and ages!!
|2||claIm||GOD IS DE-D (God is dead)||GOAD (stick) round DIS(h) (bowl trimmed) DE (of French)|
|11||Near||P-POECIOUS (rapoecious)||(I cup ear so)*|
|14||Close||CRE IIECI (crew neck)||Crew is OK for shouted, but neck (as in drink) for down is a bit tricksy!|
|15||Lutes||II-IIDOP-S (mandoras)||M(iles) + AND/OR (allowing both) + AS (since)|
|17||boDy||II U (Kivu)||V(see) I(one) in UK reversed – Kivu is an African lake|
|19||tronE||SIELLUII (skellum)||SUM (amount of money) round KELL (Scottish film). Acting up at the trone (Scottish market place) is a pretty turgid clue for a Scottish scamp!!|
|20||Potter||FEIIPIP (Fenrir)||Fenrir Greyback is a chracter in the JK Rowling novels|
|21||AUkland’s||SIITE (skite)||SKIT + E make an Antipodean term for boast|
|22||plaNted||I IES (ivies)||one vies|
|24||Crushed||POIIPEII||POPE round M(ass) + II (the second). Note the clever trick that this double I crosses with an M in the down clue!|
|25||This||SHIIT-IE (shiitake)||(the kai is)*. Again a double I crosses with an N|
|27||sUit||G-PB (garb)||GAR + B|
|29||asseTs||PELE-SEE (releasee)||RE (on) +LEA(grassland) + SEE(consider)|
|30||remaIn||ESPPESSOS (espressos)||(repossess)* Dark grounds, mills – geddit??|
|32||tOuring’s||II-PTIIIIOUE (Martinique)||TIN + I in MARQUE|
|33||fiNance||IIE EP-IIE EP (never-never)||Missing S in the clue? VERNE is an SF pioneer (or F for French?) in NEVE + R|
|1||solId||TPUIIIFISHES (trunkfishes)||(the skins fur)*|
|3||thinG||OPEII IIIIID (open mind)||OD(form of god) round PEN(author) and MIN(ister)|
|4||interN||DOC||DC round (n)o(s)|
|5||mOist||EPOSIS (xerosis)||SORE reversed in SIX(=31D) reversed|
|6||fRosters||ICEPS (icers)||ICE + RS|
|7||PoEm||SI -III (sixain)||AXIS(central line) reversed + IN(because of)|
|8||briDe||O S (vows)||VWs(Volkswagen Beetles) round O(ld)|
|9||PirogI||DUIIPLIIIG (dumpling)||(limp)* in DUNG(mess)|
|10||A ??maine||-CCOUTERED (accoutered)||ACC(ording) + OUTER(external) + ED(ucation)|
|12||leGs||DISIIEIIBERED (dismembered)||(birdseed)* round MEM(orial)|
|13||ScoOt||II-IE H-STE (make haste)||(kea has met)*|
|16||donNing||SLIP-SHOE||(polishes)* I like “old thing for easy donning on one of plates” for a slipper!!|
|18||leAk||UPETHP-E (urethrae)||URE (traditional practice) + THRAE = frae, Scots from|
|21||souL||SOIIEOIIE (someone)||SOM(Kyrgyz currency!!) + (L)EONE|
|23||Brings||FIEST- (fiesta)||FIE + ST + A|
|26||poInt||ELSIII (elsin)||Ernie Els (golfer) + NI reversed|
|29||Theft||PERP||short for perpetrator – PREP reversed|
|31||Score||SI (six)||sounds like sicks (chases)|