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Enigmatic Variations 842 Genius by Flashy-hat

Posted by Colin Blackburn on January 3rd, 2009

Colin Blackburn.

I’d not come across Flashy-hat before in any of the usual outlets so I wasn’t sure whether to expect heavy meal to keep me eating over the holiday or a light starter before moving on to other potential main courses. In the end it was the latter. It was a fairly light theme with relatively easy, but fair, clues. I guess this was a thematic of the old-school, it’d probably not find a place in today’s Listener but the EV (and the Inquisitor) series can provide such puzzles as a way in for new solvers and setters alike.

In this puzzle a perimeter quotation provided the clue as to how 15 entries had to be modified. In solving it was the modifications that came first and hinted at the sort of quotation I would have to look for. Having the answers enumerated rather than the lights helped since it was obvious from the off what answers needed to be changed. There were fifteen clues which had answers that were three letters too long for their lights. There was a sixteenth clue leading to an answer that was letters too long. This slight thorn in my initial scan turned out to be a mistake in the enumeration (in the online PDF at least) rather than an unforeseen twist in the theme.

After solving a few clues it became clear that the modified entries simply needed the word ONE removed. I was a little disappointed that the resulting entries weren’t also real words. Not that they needed to be but with such a gentle theme it would have made the final grid a little more satisfactory. After a few more answers I looked in ODQ and found the quotation and author. Filling those in meant completing the grid very quickly, perhaps I should have held back!

The quotation, “[…] genius on the contrary, overlooks [and neglects] what is individual.” It was from a work by Schopenhauer, a nineteenth century philosopher who developed an idea of genius as one who transcends will. Oddly, despite Schopenhauer’s extensive writings on the subject there is just this one quotation in ODQ6.

(XYZ)* anagram
X[Y]Z insertion
X[y]Z deletion
X.Y.Z. initials
X…Z extremes
vwXYZab hidden word

Across
8 DAINTY AIN’T in D…Y
9 NACH atNA CHur filed under ‘nautch’ in Chambers, a performance given by a dancer in India.
11 BONE-LACE (ONCE ABLE)* a type of lace made using bobbins traditionally made from bone.
12 CHORE C[H]ORE
13 VEST VE[S]T
14 DROP SCONE DROPS+CONE this small thick pancake is two words in Chambers.
15 IRONER IRON+ER
17 DEME DE+ME a subdivision or township of Greece.
20 POLO kiPOL Org a Spanish Gypsy dance.
23 DESALT DE[S]AL+T[ry]
26 PANETTONE (POTENT ENA)* an Italian cake, in the UK it is popularly bought if not eaten at Christmas.
27 ONEIRIC ON+E[I]RIC ‘of dreams’. Eric is the classic crossword fine.
28 PIONEER P[ION]EER quite a long def giving a good surface hinting at some of the great Victorian scientists.
29 PERONE PERON+E ref. Eva Peron. the PERONE is the fibula.
30 SIPHON (I-PHONE[e]S)*
35 ABBA A[BB]A nice use of the double A and double B.
37 INTER [w]INTER
38 MOURN MO+URN mo = short time = second.
39 PRONEST PERSON* +T
40 BLEARY B[LEAR]Y ref. King Lear.
Down
1 LIONELS alLION ELSew a heraldic term.
2 GNATCATCHERS (CAN GET CHARTS)* insectivorous US songbirds.
3 ETCH [k]ETCH K = Potassium.
4 NYES N+YES an old spelling of ‘nigh’.
5 INTONED IN[NOTE*]D
6 SCHOPENHAUER unclued
7 NOONERS NO-ONE+RS I’m not completely happy with this one, r is the abbreviation for run or runs. I’m not sure that rs can be got from runs since the abbreviation is its own plural. Nooner is, ahem, a lunchtime dalliance!
10 ACRES AC[RE]S ACS = active control system.
16 REAR R+EAR
18 ETUI E+TUI a tui is an NZ bird that would, through its feeding habits, guide people to honey sources.
19 MOPE MO[P]E a MOE or mow is a grimace.
21 OKE O.K.E.
22 LUTE L+UTE the Ute give the name to Utah.
24 SONERI (ROSE IN)* another Hindi word meaning a cloth of gold.
25 SPOONERS POORNESS* not explicitly listed in Chambers but a reasonable agent noun from the verb form of ‘spoon’.
31 INCH IN+CH
32 NONETTO NO-N[E+TT]O t = tenor, tt for tenors is more reasonable than rs for runs.
33 AMBO A+M+BO a desk.
34 COLONEL COLON+EL
36 BRAE amBRA Equ a topical clue hinting at the recent banking troubles.

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