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Enigmatic Variations 849 Dawn by Oxymoron

Posted by Colin Blackburn on February 20th, 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Minimal blog crammed in between a busy work week and a holiday. That also means I’ll be unable to comment on comments so mistakes and omissions will go uncorrected.

I struggled initially as some of the misprints were well hidden. Eventually I got a few of the final down answers. COMDEN revealed itself and I then looked the name up in ODQ. After that I had all the misprints in a shot. Cheating? Maybe. The line, co-written by BETTY COMDEN, IT’S TIME TO CALL IT A DAY (hinted at by the tile), was from The Party’s Over. A glance at a couple of the answers to non-misprinted clues immediately suggested a word that could form a phrase with PARTY that could be written backwards and fit. One answer at 20 even went as far as having two parties. A nice simple them excellently worked out with some excellent clues.

(XY Z)* anagram
X[Y]Z insertion
X[y]Z deletion
ZYX< reversal
vwXYZab hidden word
“xyz” homophone

Correct letters in red, reversed parties in blue, correct definitions in brackets.

Across
1 ESUOH SPARROW (OUR PROWESS HAS)*
11 I RECUR raRE CURio (mind)
13 T ENOW (W ONE)< (at)
14 S ITALA IT A L(ed) A (set) ITALA came up recently in an IQ, it’s a Latin translation of the books of the bible.
15 T ROTATE TAT in (E OR)< (turn) OR = Other Ranks, men.
16 I WREN W [R] EN (ship) EN = Enrolled Nurse.
17 GNIRIFS FIR[ING]S an ing is a meadow. Fairburn Ings is an excellent RSPB reserve just off the A1.
19 M CHAPLAINS CHAP[LAIN]S (men)
21 E ASSAYS AS SAYS (tries) says are woollen fabrics.
22 NEHGES ENG in SHE*
24 SSORC-CROSSLET CROSS C ROSS LET not come across this before but nicely clued avoiding using the repetition obvously.
26 T KOWTOW KOW TOW (to) kow = cow is Scots for a besom. tow = prepared fibres.
27 O CHEVRE CHE[V]RE (food) I knew chere = dear but I didn’t realise it was also dear as in expensive. CHEVRE is a goat’s cheese, very nice with caramelised red onions on a pizza.
30 DRIHT BASE (T BRIDE HAS)*
32 C ELASTIN LEAST* IN (cells)
35 A GOAL G[O]AL (aim)
36 L STADDA S TAD DA (tool) a comb-maker’s handsaw!
37 L CELEB C L in BEE< (lion) lion = celebrity, well a person of renown.
38 I ANNA ANN A (coin)
39 T INANE I[NAN]E (twit)
40 NEURAL NETKROW (LEARNER UK TOWN)*
Down
1 ENIW CASK WIN CASE* K to win is to open up a coal seam. There are old coal villages in County Durham such as Esh Winning reflecting this.
2 A URAEUS UR[AE]US (hat) a snake symbol on the head-dress of a Pharoah.
3 HCAOCY CO[ACH[e]]Y ache = aitch for Will S.
4 D SURAH dd (dress)
5 PROGATSLANDIN (STING AND PORAL)*
6 AETN TE[A]N
7 RETRAHCED (TERRACED H)*
8 A WOOF W OOF (bay) oof is slang for money, derived from Yiddish for “on the table”, oofy is also in Chambers, I’ll remember that one.
9 Y SWISS S(WIS)S (yack)
10 B STRESSOR T in ROSSERS<
12 E HAILER HAI[L E]R (greeter)
18 T EARTHSTAR EAR THATS* R (starred) a fungus a bit like a puffball, when it opens out to produce spores it forms a star-like shape.
20 NEERG AET REEN in GATE*
23 T STEELBOW STEEL BO W (stock)
25 Y COTTAR C OTT AR (ryot)
28 C HEP-CAT HE[PC]AT (cat) not fully happy with cat forming the definition here. Misprint potential may have limited the choice.
29 O VIOLER V I in ROLE* (viola)
30 M DEWAN DE[W]AN (minister)
31 D SLANE S[L]ANE (spade)
33 E LINE dd (rope)
34 E IDOL “idle” (notion)

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