Posted by Hihoba on October 17th, 2008
I got the TV message straight away. REDRESS and TransVestite (not TeleVision!) indicated that we had to do some cross-dressing.
The first clear example was 2 down, where the wordplay pointed to HUSONEY but I couldn’t link that with stones.
3 down followed where the definition led to PAINFUL, but the grid entry should start with M if 1A contained SHAM for fake. This gave me MAIN for ocean. I was misled into thinking about MA and PA for a while, but after solving 19A the R seemed to indicate FRY for the fish, so PAINFUL became MAINFRY and I spotted PAUL “dressed” as MARY.
Looking back HUEY in 2D had come from a four-letter girl, and MASONRY was “stones”.
So we were looking for defined words with a boy or girl’s name outside, which was to be switched with another name of the opposite sex, but the same length, to satisfy the wordplay.
It all went swimmingly except for 7D where I had the wordplay but couldn’t think of the defined word and 13D which was the reverse. I found 15D pretty hard too, being seduced by CARBACHOL for a while (CAROL seemed a good name to replace and CABAL was in there!)
Some unusual words and excellent clues. A most enjoyable puzzle from Phi.
I don’t really measure the time – I do it in spurts, but it was about three hours.
The redressed answers were:
|Clue||Defined word||Cross Dresser||Grid Entry|
|1A||HELMSMEN are navigators||HELEN as SHAUN||SHAMSMUN; SHAM + M in SUN|
|27A||ROSELLA is a parakeet||ROSA as PETE||PETELLE; TELL (have impact) in PEE (water!!)|
|34A||ALLSPICE is a dried pepper||ALICE as KEITH||KELSPITH; [ELKS]* + PITH|
|2D||MASONRY is stones||MARY as HUEY||HUSONEY; US ONE in H(ungar)Y|
|3D||PAINFUL is causing discomfort||PAUL as MARY||MAINFRY; MAIN + FRY|
|7D||KARATE is fighting skill||KATE as DAVE||DARAVE; DA + RAVE|
|12D||MASTERWORK is a great piece of art||MARK as BETH||BESTERWOTH; BEST (ahead of the rest) + [THE ROW]*|
|15D||BARBARIAN is a very cruel fellow||BRIAN as CLARE||CARBALARE; CABAL ARE round R|
The remaining clues were:
|6||ADAR is a Jewish month; RADA reversed|
|9||CURATE is a churchman; CUR + ATE|
|10||NONAGE is youth; NO + NAG + E|
|11||USTION is an obsolete word for cauterisation; [U IS NOT]*|
|14||NOINT is an alternative to anoint – identify successor; NO + INT|
|15||CORDAGE is rope; OR (threa)D in CAGE|
|16||OFFA was a dyke-builder; OFF + A(berdare)|
|18||NIEVES are fists; I in SEVEN reversed|
|19||HEARER is an auditor; HER round EAR|
|23||DRAWEE is a bank (if a drawer is a customer); DEE (euphemism for damn) round RAW (exposed)|
|24||RHUMBA is a dance (I didn’t realise you could spell it with an H); R (take) + HUM + B.A.|
|26||ASKS is requests; (T)asks are chores|
|29||RENEW is start again; RE(I)N + E(ast) and W(est)|
|30||BISTRO is a cafe; BIRO round ST|
|31||AIRIER is offering more ventilation; A1 + IE in R(olls) R(oyce)|
|32||TAUTIT is tangled; TAUT + IT|
|33||FLEA is an insect; LEAF last to first|
|1||SCUNTHORPE is a town; [SHOP C(O)UNTER]*|
|4||STOT is a clumsy fellow; TOTS reversed|
|5||UNIONIDAE are pearl mussels; UNI + ON + [IDEA]*|
|6||ANODE is a terminal; AN + ODE|
|8||AGOG is with great alertness; A + GOG (a giant) and AGO (from the past) + G(lare)|
|12||FRIARS are monks; RI in FARS(I)|
|17||FEEBLY is without much strength; FEE (charge) + BY round L|
|20||RAKES UP is finds incriminating information; RAKE + SUP|
|21||DEMERIT is a black mark; DEER (you have to pronounce “does” correctly!) round M + IT|
|22||SUTURE is evidence of operation; SURE round T(rade) U(nion)|
|25||MEDIA is (should be are!!) the communications industry; AIDE + M(anager) reversed|
|28||EVIL is sin; LIVE (as it happens – pronounce it correctly again!) reversed|
|29||RIAS are valleys; abbreviation for Scottish architects association|