Posted by petebiddlecombe on February 20th, 2009
In each row’s pair of answers, one letter moved from one clue to the other, the moving letters giving two words, thematically described by 4 down. There were four unclued downs also matching the theme, and then two more to bew found in the grid and highlighted. The moving letters gave MOHS, CHROMATIC and 4D turned out to be SLIDING SCALES, so the theme words were types of scale – Mohs is one of rock-hardness. The unclued downs were RICHTER (earthquakes), BEAUFORT (winds) , DIATONIC (musical) and MUNSELL (colours). The two two be found in the grid were BURNHAM (teachers’ pay in UK state schools) and CELSIUS (temperature).
Most of this was fairly plain sailing, but I was held up at the end by what seemed like a mistake at 26, which made 19D impossible to solve until I decided one of the checkers had to be wrong.
I’ve picked the clues that seemed hardest, but as ever ask away if something else stumped you.
|1||ICE(RM.)S = ICERS + M|
|4||SABUCAS = Cuba in SAS, all rev. = SAMBUCAS – M|
|11||HNUCL=lunch*,EIN = NUCLEIN + H|
|12||AGGLE = G for N in ANGLE = HAGGLE – H|
|14||ENDSUP = sentence = “Send up” with S moved = END UP + S|
|17||R(HE(s)D)AN = REDAN (field work) + H|
|18||TORC = “talk” = TORCH – H|
|25||MRAL = Mr. Al = MORAL – O|
|26||SO(T.U.)L,M = STULM + 0. This is the mistake – the definition given is “prop for miners”, but Chambers only supports this def. for STULL, not STULM, and L=pound=money seemed to fit perfectly well, so I had SOTULL for this answer for a long time. (STULM is an adit or draining-shaft, which cannot be a “prop”).|
|28||B(rah)MIN = BIN + M. The possibility of interpreting this entry as “B minor” had me hoping for a “? maj” entry elsewhere to make the pair of answers to be found in the grid.|
|30||ENS(E)A = ENSEAM – M|
|37||TC=Ct. rev.,RACK,S = TRACKS + C|
|38||(m)EN,LOSE = ENCLOSE – C|
|1||ISHMAEL – H.M. replaces R in Israel.|
|9||R.(E,N.T)A. as in rent-a-mob – the prefix answer|
|10||ANSATE = with a name=handle. – SA=it in ETNA=small vessel, rev.|
|19||FUME,TTES=test* – the scent of high game|
|21||EL(e.g.)ANCE = to throw as a lance|