Posted by duncanshiell on December 1st, 2008
Another BOB DYLAN crossword, overlapping a recent Listener, although I am not sure why the focus was on Dylan in November. It’s not his birthday nor any other particular anniversary that I can detect.
We were told simply that ‘six undefined answers all played a version of a seventh in an eighth’. My initial instincts were to think of the theatre or films, but as explained below I didn’t home in on the right film immediately.
The theme was the August 2007 film I’M NOT THERE. The title is taken from a previously unreleased 1967 recording. In the film, six actors or actresses play six different characters representing various aspects of Dylan’s life. All of the thespians are spelt out in the Down answers, in clue order – RICHARD GERE, CHRISTIAN BALE, HEATH LEDGER, BEN WHISHAW, MARCUS CARL FRANKLIN and CATE BLANCHETT.
I haven’t done Guardian crosswords for some time, so I am not in tune with the cluing style of Enigmatist. As a result, it took me a while to understand some of the clues, but I think I have got a fairly accurate explanation of all but one. I am not sure how the leading B and the final W in BEN WHISHAW fit into the clue. I have guessed at B referring to paper sizes, but the W completely eludes me. Maybe it’s to do with seeing something in black and white or down on paper? I am also a bit unsure of my explanations of ICTAL, and BOB DYLAN.
Films are not one of my strong points so I didn’t immediately home in on Dylan, even although I had deduced I’M NOT THERE as an answer early on. I had BALE and LEDGER as well at that point, so I spent some time looking at BATMAN casts before I hit on the Dylan theme. From then on the Down answers were fairly simple.
I enjoyed the challenge of Enigmatist’s clues as the misdirection was excellent in many cases. The definitions demonstrated an entertaining use of lateral thinking.
Answers to standard clues involving both definition and wordplay are explained in BLUE below. The wordplay in thematic elements, which were clued without definition, are displayed in different colours.
Components of Wordplay
|1||CARAFE||A (one) + R (run) contained in (into) CAFE (eatery) = CARAFE (bottle)|
|4||BACILLI||BILL (request for money) containing (receiving) AC (account, another request for money) + I (another one) = BACILLI (causes disease)|
|9||RECTA||Anagram of (appealingly) CATER = RECTA (terminal part of large intestine, or end of ‘food course’)|
|10||HALF-CROWN||Anagram of (devastated) RANCH WOLF = HALF-CROWN (2/6 in pre-decimal coinage [12.5p]; i.e. old money=old ready)|
|11||JACKLIN||J (judge) + TACKLING (handling, without letters at beginning and end [endlessly]) = JACKLIN (ref Tony Jacklin, a British golfer most successful in the 1970s/1980s)|
|12||RED-HOT||Anagram of (in a tizzy) OTHER D (daughter) = RED-HOT (very sexy)|
|16||END||Hidden word in (prisoner of) ZENDA = END (kill)|
|17||ICTAL||I + (later)C (caught) + TAL (reference Mikhail Tal, world chess champion, 1960/61hence ‘good at mating) = ICTAL (stroke)’|
|18||BASH||BA’S (Bachelor of Arts’, Graduate’s) + H (hard) = BASH (hit)|
|20||WHEN||W (with) + HEN (Scots [northern] word for challenge) = WHEN (one may ask a mother when [the baby is due] [?])|
|21||AMNIO||Anagram of (panicking) NAOMI = AMNIO (short for amniocentesis [a test of the condition of a baby, or future issue, in the womb])|
|22||HER||HERE (present) without the final letter E (unwrapping) = HER (female)|
|24||ICE CAP||I + C (see) + reverse of (taking back) PACE (step) = ICE CAP (permanent covering of ice, always a cool head)|
|25||CHIDDEN||SOLD = SCOLD without the C i.e. C is HIDDEN = CHIDDEN (scolded, having been the object of a scold)|
|28||HANDCRAFT||H (hot) AND C (cold) (the visual representation of taps) + RAFT (large number) = HANDCRAFT (art)|
|30||LEGGY||L (novice) + EGGY (about to lay) = LEGGY (having noticeably long slim legs, presumably like Shirley MacLaine)|
|31||WOE IS ME||WE (Enigmatist’s fellow compilers) containing (took in) an anagram of SOME I (mistakenly) = WOE IS ME (Enigmatist describing himself as cursed)|
|32||ON A RUN||Double definition – 1. Training for marathons (or any other distance …..) and, 2. consecutively = ON A RUN|
|No.||Entry||Components of Wordplay|
|2||RICHARD GERE||RIRE (French word for ‘laugh’) containing (about) (CHARD [Somerset town] + reverse of [on return)] EG (example, say) = RICHARD GERE|
|5||CACHET||ACHE (pain) contained in (going into) CT (court) = CACHET (characteristic)|
|6||LEO||Hidden word (implied by ‘s) in NAPOLEON = LEO (sign of the zodiac)|
|7||I’M NOT THERE||Anagram of (compostion revealed) INTRO THEME = I’M NOT THERE|
|8,4||CHRISTIAN BALE||CHRISTIAN (Mutineer [reference Fletcher Christian, Mutiny on the Bounty]) + BALE (package) = CHRISTIAN BALE|
|13||HEATH LEDGER||(LED [was in charge of] + G ([force (of gravity)]) contained in (going through) HEATHER (ling) = HEATH LEDGER|
|14||BEN WHISHAW||B (paper size?) + anagram of (organised) HAS HE WIN + W (I don’t understand why) = BEN WHISHAW|
|19||BOB DYLAN||B (bishop) in BODY (i.e not just in spirit, but in body as well?) + L (long) + A (single) + N (name) = BOB DYLAN|
|23,1,3||MARCUS CARL FRANKLIN||Anagrams of (getiing out of; implicated) NICK and CLAN’S RURAL FARM = MARCUS CARL FRANKLIN|
|26,15||CATE BLANCHETT||Anagram of (divers) THAT CANCEL BET = CATE BLANCHETT|
|27||CYAN||Reverse of (up) NAY (no) + C (clubs) = CYAN (colour)|
|29||KNEE||K (Kelvin, unit of temperature scale) excluded from (out) KNEE (a joint that bends = bender) = NÉE (used to be called)|