Posted by Andrew on November 3rd, 2008
After two very tough offerings from Paul and Brummie, this required very little genius in either solving the clues or fitting the answers into the grid. An enjoyable enough puzzle, and a clever feat of construction, but rather a disappointment from a solver’s point of view. I very quickly solved all but a few of the clues, and found there was only one possible way to fit the 11-letter answers into the grid. After that filling in the rest and solving the remaining clues was a formality. Hugh Stephenson’s newsletter bemoans the fact that there were very few entries for September’s Genius, despite it being the first under the free service: I suspect there may be quite a lot more for this one.
I’ve listed the clues in the order they appeared in the original list, with in their position in the completed grid in brackets, using the usual numbering scheme.
dd = double definition
* = anagram
< = reverse
ABOLITION [8dn] LIT I in A BOON
A CAPPELLA [9ac] A(ndy) CAPP + ELLA (Fitzgerald) – easy to spot from the definition and enumeration
ACORN [11dn] First letters
ADORINGLY [2ac] RING replaces L in A DOLLY
ADULATE [3dn] (LAUDATE)*. Laudate Dominum (Praise the Lord) are the opening words of the Latin version of Psalm 117, which is often set to music.
AESOP [3ac] (POSE A)<
ALARM [6dn] LAR(k) in AM &lit – I’m not sure this quite works: I guess the wordplay is supposed be be LAR(k) “in the morning”.
ALL SQUARE [4ac] ALL’S QUARE. A reference to Brendan Behan’s play The Quare Fellow (1954)
AMALGAM [10dn] A M AL GAM &lit
AMOUR [1ac] A(r)MOUR
AMPERSAND [1dn] (h)AMPERS AND. The first ampersand in the clue gives the AND; the second is the definition.
ANAESTHETIC [7dn] (STATE MACHINE)* less M
ANDOVER [6ac] (h)AND OVER
ANECDOTAL [9dn] (CANE TOAD)* in AL
ANGUS [5dn] Hidden rev, and must be a down answer because of the “up” – I thought this woud be crucial in fitting the answers into the grid, but as I mentioned above this is determined by the 11-letter words.
AO DAI [12ac] An obscure answer hidden in an obscure name – clever but not particularly satifying to solve.
APRON [12dn] A PROSCENIUM less (E-MUSIC)*
ARISTOCRACY [4dn] (ASCOT I CARRY)* Another very easy one that I spotted early on, which made it seem pretty likely that all the answers began with A.
ARMBAND [7ac] B in ARMAND. A & M Denis were early exponents of the TV wildlife genre, which they narrated a perhaps slighly exaggerated version of their Belgian (Frrench) accents.
ARMORICAN [11ac] MORI in ARCAN(e)
ASSIGNATION [5ac] dd
ATHOS [10ac] (p)ATHOS – on of the Three Musketeers
ATOMIC CLOCK [8ac] A TO M I C-CLOCK
AUTOPILOT [2dn] (LUTON AIRPORT less RNR)*