Posted by Gaufrid on August 7th, 2008
Just my luck! Two offerings from Cinephile within three days and both on days when I am scheduled for the blog. However, it was again an enjoyable challenge and a thematic element emerged.
The play ‘A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS’ was written by ‘ROBERT BOLT’, originally for the BBC in 1954 and later adapted for the stage. The principal character ‘SIR THOMAS MORE’ was played by ‘PAUL SCOFIELD’ in the 1960 London stage production and also later on Broadway and in the 1966 film directed by Fred Zinnemann.
It is a pity that Cinephile used an incorrect spelling of Paul’s surname in the grid.
1 CLASSIC FM ASS (fool) in *(FILM CC) – for those outside the UK, Classic FM is a radio station
6 MAGUS MAG (periodical, magazine) US (American) – sorcerer, a person who practices witchcraft, is one definition of magus
9 TULIP TU (French for ‘you’, first person singular, ie ‘one’) LIP (impertinence)
10 LORD REITH *(RIDER) in LOTH (reluctant) – first Director-General of the BBC, hence a ‘broadcaster’
11 ROBERT BOLT ROBE (garment) RT (radio telegraphy or telephony) BOLT (flee)
12 BEEF dd
15 SKITTLE SKIT (parody) *(LET)
17 REDWING RED (left) WING (side)
19 V-NECKED V (first letter of Virginian) NECKED (made love) – to neck is to kiss amourously so I supose it could be described as making love
20 HAWK dd – as in hawk = try to sell and hawk = a jingoist (a sabre-rattler or warmonger)
22, 14a A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A MAN (Isle of Man) OR (gold) in FALL (autumn) SEASONS – ‘this and the others’ indicating ‘autumn’ and the other three seasons of the year
25 MANDATORY M (first letter of Major) AND (with) A TORY (one of his party) – John Major was the Conservative Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997
26 RATTY cd – Ratty was the name of the water vole in the book ‘Wind in the Willows’
27 STEEL cd – the ‘enobled party leader’ is Sir David Steel, leader of the Liberal Party from 1976 to 1988
28 TREASURER *(RATE) SURER (more confident)
1 CATER – the definition is obviously ‘provide’ or ‘provide food’ but what is the wordplay? I have determined four or five possibilities but am not particularly happy with any of them. The most acceptable (or possibly least unacceptable) is: CATE (food) R (river) – cate = viand = food in Chambers and cate = choice food in COD. The Congo was previously called the Pillar River (Rio de Padrao) and there is the Amud River (Pillar River in English) that flows into the Sea of Galilee.
Alternative suggestions as to how this clue works would be more than welcome.
2 ALL ABOARD ALLA[h] (almost the Lord) BOARD (table)
3 SUPERSONIC SU (opening of Sunday) PERSON (chap) IC (in charge)
4 COLOBUS COLO[n] (nearly stop) BUS (vehicle) – a ‘stop’ is a punctuation mark
5 MARBLES cd – ‘from Athens’ referring to the Elgin Marbles
7 GRIME G (good) RIME (old poem)
13 SIDEBOARDS dd – ‘face growth’ being side wiskers
14, 6 SIR THOMAS MORE *(MARRIES SMOOTH)
16 TAKE AFTER TAKE (remove) AFTER (in due course)
18 GUMBOOT GUMBO (soup) TO reversed – ‘served’ as a reversal indicator is interesting and presumably refers to the act of throwing up (a ball) when serving in tennis and other sports
19 VANDYKE *(KENYA DV) – DV is Deo volante or ‘God willing’. ‘Brown beard’ is a double definition. A Vandyke beard (a short pointed one ) is not necessarily brown but there is also a colour called vandyke brown
21 WINCE CE (this in French) after WIN (success)
23 LAYER [p]LAYER
24, 8 PAUL SCHOFIELD *(CHAP SOUL) FIELD (the rest of the runners)