Posted by duncanshiell on July 4th, 2008
We were told that the answers to five across clues had to be jumbled before entry. To complicate matters further, we were also told that the letters in these five answers would share their cells with the letters from the intersecting down clues. As a result we would be able to read a closely packed quotation in the grid. The length of the quotation was not given, but I made the assumption that it would be restricted to the cells of the five thematic clues. I thought it would be too difficult for Kea to spread it across normal cells as well as thematic cells, but crossword compilers never cease to amaze me and I realised that anything was possible.
We were told additionally that all but one of the remaining across clues had an extra letter packed in. We were not told whether this additional letter would be in the definition or in the wordplay. Indeed it transpired that the additional letters affected the definition and wordplay in different clues. The extra letters could be arranged to form the name of the speaker of the quotation.
The most immediate effect of all this was to realise that these five important across clues would have to be solved cold unless the theme dropped out of the puzzle quickly. In my case I was able to cold solve a couple of the five clues fairly easily but the real breakthrough was deriving the speakers name from the majority of the extra letters, and hence deducing the appropriate variant of the quotation. From that point the remaining thematic solutions fell out without too much difficulty.
The five thematic clues and the colocated letters from the intersecting down clues were: led to:
|Thematic Clues||Intersecting Down Letters|
The extra letters in clue order in the relevant across clues were: ANACREONTIC . Very impressively, this is a word in Chambers, as are all the words that remain in the clues when the extra letters are removed.
I think I was lucky in that I quickly spotted ERIC as a possible Christian name and that led to the surname of CANTONA and the associated thoughts of seagulls and trawlers. At the time of the quotation, Eric Cantona was a Manchester United footballer.
The quotation used in the puzzle is:
WHEN SEAGULLS FOLLOW A TRAWLER IT IS BECAUSE THEY THINK SARDINES WILL BE THROWN IN TO THE SEA
As can be seen this is formed consecutively from the pairs of letters falling in the thematic cells. I am not sure that the quotation as used is exactly what Eric Cantona actually said but it is very close. I think there was an extra “the” before seagulls, “the” was used instead of “a” before trawler and “it is” was “it’s”. However that’s nitpicking and the packing of a quotation of this length into a grid in this manner is is very impressive. There is a You-Tube video of Eric Cantona saying it at a Press Conference after his following his conviction for assault following his infamous kung-fu kick on a Crystal Palace supporter after he was sent off in the game at Selhurst Park in 1995, as well as plenty of videos of the kung-fu kick.
The quotation therefore was restricted to the thematic cells.
Looking at the letters in the down clues alone, I think it was possible to detect the full quotation especially from the letters of seagulls and follow. These letters were:
I enjoyed this. The clueing was impressive with excellent surface reading and misdirection. The clues with extra letters made sense with and without those letters. There were a couple of clues where I am not sure that I fully understood the wordplay (see below) but I think I have got the solutions right in both cases.
It’s interesting how some words I have never seen before suddently come up in bunches. LOGY meaning ‘dull’ was new to me, but it came up again in a recent Magpie puzzle (I had of course forgotten about the meaning already and had to find it again!) and RAKEE is another new one (to me) that I have come across twice recently.
|No.||Solution||Extra Letter||Entry||Components of Solution|
|1||ATELIER||A (KOREA)||ATELIER||STATELIER (more impressive) without (if cutting) ST (stone) = ATELIER (a workshop or artist’s studio). A kore is an archaic Greek statue of a draped maiden.|
|6||AMPUL||N (LINEN)||AMPUL||(AU [gold] containing [enfolding] MP [mezzo-piano = moderately soft]) + L (line) = AMPUL (small sealed glass container)|
|10||PHEON||A (HEAP)||PHEON||Anagram of (thrown) ON HEP = PHEON (barbed head of a dart or arrow, especially as a heraldic bearing [arms])|
|11||BEMOANS||C (COVER)||BEMOANS||BEANS (heads, an informal meaning of beans and a slang meaning of onions) with MO (minute [moment]) contained within (cuts) = BEMOANS (bewail, lament, [cry over])|
|13||ENWALLOWS||WNEALSOLW||ENWS (east, north, west and south, the chief points of the compass) containing (accepting) ALLOW (grant) = ENWALLOWS (used by Spenser to mean roll about wallowingly)|
|16||WITTER||TRWETI||WINTER (season) with T (time) replacing N (new) = WITTER (to talk ineffectually or babble)|
|17||OOLONGS||R (TEAR)||OOLONGS||OO (Scots form of wool) + LONGS (wool longs = flannel trousers) = OOLONGS (varieties of black tea)|
|18||VAASA||E (WE)||VAASA||VASA (vessels, plural of vas) containing (must go round) A (Australia) = VAASA (a port in Western Finland)|
|20||INTUBATE||BAUTETIN||IN (into) + TUBE (barrel, without the last E [burning]) + ATE (bit, past tense of bite =eat) = INTUBATE (insert a pipe [into?]). I am not a 100% sure of the parsing of this clue as I have got ‘into’ serving two purposes, but it may be unnecessary in the definition of INTUBATE. Also not sure about the use of ‘burning’).|
|23||INCAS||INCAS||INCA refers to the Inca people in general or to their kings; so items of a former Incan kings would be INCAS’ items. CA is also an abbreviation for cases, so you find the thematic letters in cases (of other words?) giving INCAS as the wordplay. I am not 100% sure that I have parsed this one right either!|
|24||RIVIERE||O (STORING)||RIVIERE||I (number 1) + VIER (German for four) all contained in (covered by) RE (the second note of the scale in sol -fa notation) = RIVIERE (a necklace or string of diamonds [stones])|
|25||LINEAR||ARNEIL||LI (about [roughly] one third of a mile, approx 500 metres, in China) + NEAR (within range) = LINEAR (in one dimension)|
|29||WRATHIEST||ETRWITHSA||(RAT[renegade] + HIES [hastens to]) all contained within (putting on) WT = WRATHIEST (fiercest)|
|30||ANTAEUS||N (MEN)||ANTAEUS||US (me, informally) after (behind) ANTAE (square columns or pilasters at either side of a doorway) = ANTAEUS (a giant in both Greek and Berber mythology)|
|31||NERVE||T (NEUTRAL)||NERVE||Anagram of (getting involved) NEVER = NERVE (bundle of fibres conveying impulses between brain and other parts of the body, i.e. a neural structure)|
|32||MESHY||I (IKEA)||MESHY||ME (kea [compiler of the crossword]) + SHY (shrinking from) = MESHY (in the form of a network)|
|33||TWEAKED||C (WC)||TWEAKED||TED (spread) containing (around) WEAK (w) = TWEAKED (adjusted)|
|No.||Solution||Extra Letter||Entry||Components of Solution|
|1||APHRODISIA||APHRODISIA||Anagram of (must alter) OPRAH SAID = APHRODISIA (sexual desire)|
|2||THE MORN||THE MORN||TORN (divided) containing (about) HEM (border) = THE MORN (Scottish phrase for tomorrow)|
|3||LOGY||LOGY||Two meanings LOGY (dull, mainly an American usage, MIT being the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and -LOGY (the suffix ending of most sciences, biology, agrology, archaeology etc.)|
|4||INURNS||INURNS||I (independent) + NURSE(health worker without the E [mostly]) containing (goes round) N (new) = INURNS (entombs)|
|5||REFASHION||REFASHION||Anagram of (cooking) ON FIRE containing (to include) ASH (burnt remains) = REFASHION (adapt)|
|6||AMLA||AMLA||Hidden word in (conveyed by) …steAM LAunch … = AMLA (East Indian tree)|
|7||MOOLAH||MOOLAH||LOO (facilities) contained in (secured by) HAM (amateur) and all reversed (on the rise, being a down clue) = MOOLAH (money, or ‘the necessary’)|
|8||PARRAKEET||PARRAKEET||PART (role) +containing RAKEE (an aniseed flavoured spirit from Turkey) = PARRAKEET (parrot, bird smaller than a turkey)|
|9||UNCI||UNCI||Reversed (inverted) hidden word in …ArabIC NUmerals… = UNCI (hooks)|
|12||SESAME SEED||SESAME SEED||SED (Miltonic spelling of said/spoken) containing (about) SAME (uniform) + SEE (look) = SESAME SEED (a common topping for burger buns)|
|14||SOLECISTS||SOLECISTS||SOLE (only) + CISTS (a stone tomb) = (will do for) SOLECISTS (one who breaches syntax or engages in non-standard grammatical practice)|
|15||LAGER LOUT||LAGER LOUT||Anagram of (set right) OUTRAGE’LL = LAGER LOUT (rowdy drinker)|
|19||SCRIEVE||SCRIEVE||CR (credit) contained in (in) SIEVE (strain) = SCRIEVE (Scottish word meaning to glide swiftly along, or coast)|
|21||CASBAH||CASBAH||CASH (money, reference to 7d [moolah]) containing (having held in) BA (Scottish or Highland word for ball) = CASBAH (castle or fortress in N. African town)|
|22||YVONNE||YVONNE||ENVY (grudge) containing (about) NO (New Orleans) all reversed (being overturned) = YVONNE (girl’s name)|
|26||DYNE||DYNE||N (newton) contained in (in) DYE (shade) = DYNE (unit of force)|
|27||WHEY||WHEY||W (west) + HEY (country dance) = WHEY (a by-product of cheese making [e.g. Cheddar])|
|28||ZOEA||ZOEA||Final letters (ultimately) of MehtA chosE ShlomO MintZ all reversed (uplifted) = ZOEA (larval [young] stage of some decapod crustaceans, e.g. fiddler crabs))|