Posted by Ciaran McNulty on August 15th, 2008
A very entertaining crossword, with two strong interconnected themes and a very neat trick of having three famous people’s names sitting in the grid (17 21 7, 2 23 7 and 17 6), but without them being directly clued.
- dd = double definition – the answer is based on a double meaning
- cd = cryptic definition – the answer is defined in a roundabout way
- char. = charade – the answer is hidden in the text of the clue
- * = anagram – the answer is based on rearranging the words
- “” = homophone – the answer is based on how the words sound
- 9. OTHER HALF. dd
- 10. ERATO. char. libERATOrs. One of the poetic muses, specifically of erotic poetry!
- 11. SIMON. SIMPLETON – P LET. Let means hindrance as in the tautological ‘without let or hindrance’.
- 12. AARON’S ROD. A yellow flowering plant a.k.a. Goldenrod. The title of a novel by D.H. Lawrence.
- 13. WASTREL. WALTER* around S.
- 14. BACONER. BACON + ER. Presumably a type of pig.
- 17. DAVID. There is a French artist called David, and a Saint, but their names are pronounced differently.
- 19. PEA. “P”.
- 20. ADENI. A + DEN + I. An inhabitant of Aden.
- 21. HERBERT. HER + BET around R.
- 22. WITNESS. IT among W,N,E,S,S.
- 26. ROWEL. char. heRO WELcomes.
- 28. OMANI. O + MAN + I. Someone from Oman.
- 29. CROP-EARED. ROPE inside CARED. A painter is the name for a type of rope on a boat.
- 1. SONS AND LOVERS. SOLVERS* around ON SAND.
- 2. THOMAS. dd., Dylan Thomas and ‘doubting’ Thomas the apostle.
- 3. IRONBRIDGE. IRON + BRIDGE, site of the first cast iron bridge in the world and now a UNESCO heritage site.
- 4. BACALL. B.A. + CALL. The Actress Lauren.
- 6. LEAN. dd.
- 7. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. ACELEBINAWARFORA*. The name of a movie by Edward Lean, which was about TE Lawrence who features elsewhere in the grid. EDIT: Andrew points out I’m getting confused with all the cross-referencing – the director is David Lean.
- 8. WOOD. dd. a golf club and conductor Henry Wood.
- 13. WIDTH. WITH around D.
- 16. RUINS. RUNS around I. Not very happy with ruins meaning ‘financial collapses’.
- 18. VIRIDIAN. VR around I + INDIAN*. A blue-green pigment.
- 19. PATIENCE. dd., a Gilbert and Sullivan work and a card game.
- 22. WISDOM. The last word of “Seven Pillars of Wisdom” written by T.E. Lawrence
- 23. EDWARD. dd. King Edward and Edward Lear.
- 24. AMOS. Reference to the Book of Amos, plus a char. in fArMhOuSe.
- 25. OMIT. O + M.I.T.
- 27. LADY CHATTERLEY. cd. referrring to the D.H. Lawrence novel.