Posted by golgonooza on July 24th, 2008
A great themed puzzle from Brendan for my first blog – based around George Bernard Shaw and My Fair Lady. I really enjoyed doing this but had recourse to wikipedia for some of the characters and references, not being a massive fan of the film or Shaw.
* = anagram
1 OSCARS OS (particularly large) CARS – the film My Fair Lady won lots of them.
2 DEMIURGE Cryptic def. a demiurge sounds like half a drive, but in fact is the limited creator of this world in Gnostic myth, who is responsible for the evil in the world.
9 RADIO TWO DOAIR* NE(TWO)RK
10 LERNER writer of My Fair Lady – sounds like Learner.
11 HENRY HIGGINS Professor from My Fair Lady – not sure of the wordplay
13 MYNA M(Y)NA* – Myna birds can be taught to speak
14 UNTAPPED (UN)TAP(P)ED – UN for middle of tune, TAPED outside of (without) P
17 BASS TUBA Fish – BASS, front of area – A, round boat – TUB
18 COCK Do East Enders call each other cock? I thought it was more a Northern thing. Not half-cocked I presume is the wordplay.
20 PRE-EXISTENCE PRE(EXIS)TENCE – former partner one’s =EXIS in act = PRETENCE
23 LA-DI-DA LAD + IDA
24 HARRISON Rex Harrison played Prof. Higgins in My Fair Lady. George Harrison from famous group
26 WAGNER Producer of the Ring Cycle, who Shaw criticised.
2 SHAW Hidden , &lit, IRI(SH A W)RITER a clever clue
3 ACIDHEADS A CID HEADS – top detectives gathered together – but would acidheads be drug addicts? Maybe I’m being pedantic but it’s not a drug that causes addiction.
4 SATINY Smoothly finished. A TINY after S.
5 DROP YOUR AITCHES Eliza originally talked like this in My Fair lady – lack aspiration – the ‘h’ sound is an aspirant I think. A lovely clue which took me a while to get.
6 MELT INTO MEL(TINT)O – cut fruit is melon without the last n.
7 UNRIG another hidden clue – well hidden I thought
8 GREENPEACE an environmental group GREEN = space, P(E)ACE , pace being measure
12 MY FAIR LADY Just can’t get the wordplay here.
15 PICKERING Colonel dramatically is another character from 12dn. I have the wordplay as PICK(ER)ING, but not familiar with ER as ‘King’ – it must be Edward Reginum?
16 PURITANS PU(RITA)NS – did Shaw write three dramas for Puritans?
21 ELIZA ELI(Z)A where final character = Z, Elia was an alias of Charles Lamb, an essayist