Posted by nmsindy on December 23rd, 2008
A most unusual and innovative crossword, that I found quite hard before finally getting there in 49 mins. The idea was that in line with 15 across A COMEDY OF ERRORS, there were mistakes in the puzzle in those clues marked with a *. A few where I don’t quite see what is going on, so any help would be appreciated.
< = reversed. To avoid confusion, the normal * = anagram will not be used in this blog.
9 ERATO One of the Muses – hidden
10 EU PHONI UM “You phony”
11 LITIGATOR (I got trial) (anagram)
12 B E (I) RA
13* MARIE CEL(EST)E clue suggests ‘set’ in an anagram of (eerie calm) but this is not right as the ‘set’ has also to be rearranged. Nice &lit touch to the clue.
14 ESOTERICA (I create so) (anagram)
15* A COMEDY OF ERRORS The theme
19* TOLERABLE (alter robe) (anagram) – the error here is an extra r and a l missing in the anagram fodder.
22 CO (D) ED
24* It says ‘See 13 down’, but it should be 13 across
25* There is no clue so I guessed UNCLUED which turns out to be right
27* RULER Double definition – very good – the error here is that this clue and the following one (28) are switched
28* EUCL I DEAN (clue)*
1* WELL The error here is that this speech is often misquoted to include ‘well’ which is not in the text of the play. Definition = source
2* F ACTOR The error here, I think, is that ‘criteria’ (plural) should be ‘criterion’ (singular)
3 CON G REVE ever<
4 LEATHERY kid leather and rest is a definition, I think, shading towards the direct rather than the cryptic, if I’ve read this right.
5 O PORT O Bordeaux is a port city
6 DOUBLE “Requirement for starting to score in board game” I guessed this right (see 23 down also), I think it might refer to scoring in darts but not at all sure about that.
7 FILIP IN O fillip less one l
8* E M (BAR) ASSED The mistake here is that ‘embarrassed’ is misspelt – it should have 2 Rs.
13 ME A L (TICK) ET
16* OIL S LICK The error is the enumeration – (4,4) instead of (3,5)
18 RACE CARD Politicians playing the ‘race card’ is the reference here, I think
20 RUST I/C
21 BREWER Double definition dividing at local/reference – Brewer’s Dictionary often drawn on for themed crosswords. Well worth browsing.
23* DOUBLE Double definition and the error, I think, is that is appears twice in the puzzle (also at 6 down)
26 DORY Double definition