Posted by Colin Blackburn on November 14th, 2008
Solving Lest We Forget in the Independent’s Inquisitor series I mistakenly guessed that it might be about the Armistice, I was fooled. On this occasion, Remembrance Sunday, it seemed that there might be an Armistice theme, I wasn’t wrong. I solved three of the first four clue and had A?ES from the missing characters. It had to be AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN. At 38 characters it was the right length. This line is taken from For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon, from part of the poem read at the Remembrance Day services.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
I then rattled through many of the clues slotting in the missing letters where possible. This left the odd clue without an extra letter to be tackled. Solving a couple suggested that a man’s name had to be left out before entry. In fact the names were all diminutives suggesting the youth of the men who had fallen. Once much of the grid was completed I spotted REMEMBER THE FALLEN in the rows of 28 and 32 across. Once all the answers were in I then struggled to wonder how to “numerically substitute six words”, though 11 11 11 had occurred to me as important. I had noticed much earlier the double Es on the row of 20 across. Looking again I noticed double Ns and double Os in the two rows above. So, there they were, three vertical ONEs. I didn’t submit the puzzle but I assume each of these sets of three squares needed a single numeral 1 written in place of ONE.
I enjoyed the puzzle but I was left with two clues unexplained despite completing the grid fully. Hopefully a commenter can help fill in the gaps.
X.Y.Z. initial letters
The third column is either the corrected word in the clue or the name omitted from the entry.
|10||AMEER||EE in ARM*||Keen|
|12||OAHU||OA[r]+HU[g]||Ends||one of the Hawaiian islands permanently ingrained in my memory having had to pass through Honolulu airport four times in the last year. That’s the only part of Oahu I’ve seen!|
|13||GARB||GARB[o]||Perth||garbo is Australian for bin-man. The use of Pert here was very well done in the surface.|
|15||SHOO||SAM’S HOO[ch]||Sam||this tricked me for a while as SAMSHOO is also a drink but I was convinced it was a missing letter clue rather than a name.|
|16||ROO||TE in DOOR<||Ted||door = house as in “third door down”.|
|17||FOOLS||(MOST OF LO[g])*||Tom|
|19||NON-NET||N[s]ONNET||lines||tricky word which I discounted without checking on a first pass. A non-net book is one outside of the Net Book Agreement.|
|20||ALEE||emALEElk||no||the ALEE is sheltered, ie there is “No blow in this place”.|
|24||LIPS||HIP* + SPILL<||Phil||Phillips is one of the types of cross-headed screws.|
|25||OGAM||AGO< + M||wheeling|
|28||CAREME||CA+RE+M+E||about|| French for the period lent.
|31||BERNE||BE+R+NE||rule||NE is an old word for ‘no’ rather than an old French word. BERNE is the French spelling of the capital of the Canton of Berne in Switzerland.|
|34||FAL||FAL[l]||at||not certain about this one. If it is L from FALL (trail down) then the correction of “cut a length from” to “cut at length from” seems very weak. See Geoff’s comment below.|
|37||GIGOT||GIG + TO<||spear|
|40||SORNS||S[RON*]S||board||on board = in SS.|
|41||TELSON||STOLEN*||crab||a TELSON is a bit of a crustacean|
|2||SWAHILI||WASH* + IL + I||wash|
|3||AMBONES||A+MB+ON+[d]ES[k]||one||MB = mark of the beast.|
|5||RE-ZONE||ZERO* + NE||by|
|6||UNIFORM||(IF NO RUM[p])*||code|
|7||MONO||(TO NOON MY)*||Tony|
|8||BATON||TAB< + ON||bat|
|9||SUBSTYLE||(BUSTS LEY)*||crash||the straight line on which the style of a dial is erected|
|21||POMROYS||POM[ROY]S||chic||a roy is a fashion-conscious young Australian male. A pomroy is an old variety of apple.|
|23||LINNETS||N in SILENT*||finches|
|30||EFTS||F in SET*||mangle||eft = ask = newt.|
|36||DEFT||DEF* + ANTI*||Ian|