Posted by Hihoba on October 31st, 2008
Blimey, what a corker!
Several new words (including two of the dreaded Spenserian ones), a theme that was in code, answers to be both altered AND encoded. I almost gave up before starting!
About a week after the crossword came out the final building block fell into place and I was able to write this blog. Please, no comments indicating that you thought it was easy!!!
So solving time – 1 week!
I had a few answers dotted about and, with the help of some more from ba (of Hihoba), rapidly came to the conclusion that 8A and 14A must be encoded.
Diligent searching of Chambers after working out the wordplay yielded TAWPIE, JALAPENO, SNYE and ETWEE in the bottom right hand corner and it was clear the both 24D and 27D were in code. I had my suspicions about 24D containing wee or pee reversed (I remember an uncle saying “Must go for a Jimmy”), but was put off for some time by the W’s and was searching for words containing EEW. Eventually it dawned that the attempt was “SHY” yielding SHEEPY for meek. When 27D turned out to be WAITE there were six words out of eight in that corner that were unfamiliar!
Fortunately there were not quite so many in the other corners. 8A was clearly STOW altered and encoded, 14A was MOPEY, 15A was GLUMPY (I was suspicious about the spelling of grAy and looked it up, and found the abbreviation Gy) and 30D was DOO. I thought 32A must be OGRESS for a while, before I realised DOO must be in code.
I worked on the code. W was E, F was Y, S was P, but this approach did not seem to be yielding much that was helpful. I then tried working on replacement letters. SHEEPY seemed most likely to be SLEEPY and GLUMPY, GRUMPY. STOW could be SCOW, SHOW, SLOW, SNOW ,STEW, STOA, STOP etc. WAITE could be WHITE, WRITE, WASTE, WAIVE etc. Too many possibilities. I worked on the ALGORITHM clue. The O was already used (EGRESS meant that one of the Os of DOO was probably replaced.) The letter replaced in STOW is thus the T and so either the A or I of waite. A bit better.
Inspiration struck at this point! STOW WAITE = SNOW WHITE after amending one letter in each word.
Name the seven dwarfs: you can always name six. Doc is the one people usually forget but, knowing that, I always forget one of the others. On this occasion it was Bashful. So we must have DOPEY for MOPEY, GRUMPY for GLUMPY, DOC for DOO etc. and the 26 letter phrase is:
The title is WALT DISNEY FILM which is easier to encode from the list above than to decode from the title!
The algorithmic alterations are listed below.
The clue guidance below refers to unaltered, un-encoded clues. I have put in italics words that I had to look up, either because I had never heard of them or was not certain of them. An admission of ignorance on my part, but at least you can feel smug if you knew them!
As a small addendum, JALAP (a purgative, see 18D) is a word that I heard as a child and thought it was JOLLOP (Chambers does not agree!). I remember my granny saying “If you want a regular starter, Take ginger jollop and cream of tartar!” Sounds a bit extreme and fortunately I never had to!
|1||GASHFUL is horrible; GASH (talkative Scots) + FUL(L) – drunk|
|8||STOW is put away; S(pades) + TOW (rope)|
|11||ORRA is casual; O(ther) R(anks) + AR(E) reversed|
|12||INGENU is a greenhorn; IN (popular) + GENU (knee joint – as in genuflect)|
|13||PARTI is a decision; PART (member) + I(ndependent)|
|14||MOPEY is gloomy; [POEM]* (not too sure about “foreign” as an anagram indicator) + (miser)Y|
|15||GLUMPY is sulky; LUMP in GY (abbreviation for Gray, an SI unit)|
|16||HERDIC is a carriage; HER + CID reversed|
|17||TOILETTED is dressed; TOIL + E(xtra) T(errestrial) + ED(itor)|
|21||GRANADA is in Andalucia; GRAN + A + D.A.|
|23||OUTSTAY is last longer; OUT (completley) + [YA(CH)TS]*|
|26||T-BANDAGE is something a nurse might put on; [GENT A BAD]*|
|28||SNEERY is scornful; S(moker) N(on) + EERY|
|29||TAWPIE is a clumsy lass; TAW (flog) + PIE (book of church rules)|
|30||WAGES is screw; W + A + SEG reversed|
|31||ETWEE is a bag (I didn’t know you could spell it this way); (judg)E + TWEE|
|32||EGRESS is going out; SERGE reversed + (i)S|
|33||SNYE is a channel; SN + YE|
|34||OAST is a drier; A(merica’)S in O(ld) T(estament)|
|35||TWOFOLD is double; T(ime) + W(ith)O(ut) + FOLD|
|1||NOLITION is unwillingness; NO + IT in LION (celebrity)|
|2||ERADIATE is to shoot out like a ray of light; ERADICATE (get rid of) minus C(old)|
|3||TARTLY is with bitterness; TART + L(eft) + Y (wye)|
|4||HOT-SEAT is a tricky situation; [TOTE HAS]*|
|5||DRIFT is a ford (in South Africa!); DR(iver) + [FIT]*|
|6||DITHERY is confused; DIT is poem + HERY (Spenserian praise)|
|7||UNWED is single; W(omen) in UNE + D(epartment)|
|8||EGERS are bores (Severn type – an unfamiliar alternative spelling); G(eneral intelligence) in EER + S(ucceeded)|
|9||ENWINDS is wraps up; ENDS round WIN|
|10||AUF is an old lout; half of AU FAIT|
|18||JALAPENO is a pepper; JALAP is a purgative (I knew it as jollop!) + E(nrolled) N(urse) + O(rdinary)|
|19||CAREERED is moved quickly; CAR + (V)EERED|
|20||BUPHAGA are African birds; HAG in A PUB reversed|
|21||GABFEST is a long discussion; A + B(lack) + F(ighter plane) in GEST (adventure story)|
|22||ANNATTO is orange colouring matter; ANNAT (half year’s stipend) + TO|
|24||SHEEPY is meek; SHY round PEE reversed (rhyming slang – Jimmy Riddle, piddle)|
|25||SWEET is delightful; sounds like SUITE|
|26||HIPPY is a dropout; CHIPPY minus C(onservative)|
|27||WAITE is to be on guard, Spenserian (Edmund); WE round AIT|
|30||DOO is Scots for pigeon; DO + O|