Posted by Gaufrid on March 4th, 2009
An enjoyable, though I thought somewhat easier than usual (the non-thematic clues at least), Cinephile today in which we were told ‘the monarch is the same throughout’. The first thematic entry I got was the anagram at 25/19 which told me that the monarch was ‘Louis XIV’. This (and Wikipedia where necessary, 4d & 6d) helped in solving the remaining thematic clues.
1 MARITIME homophone of ‘marry time’ (when to get spliced)
5 EMETIC CITE (quote) ME reversed
10 MICRON homophone of ‘Mike Ron’ (two little boys)
12 IOWAN IO (10) WAN (with little colour)
13 REPUTABLE RE (sapper) UP reversed TABLE (list)
14 BROKEN BRO (comrade) KEN (Livingstone)
16 SUN KING SUNK IN (finally accepted by the mind) G (good) – in French ‘ le Roi Soleil’, the name by which Louis XIV was popularly known.
21 TENDON TEND ON (continue to care)
23 NUMBER ONE dd
25,9 LOUIS QUATORZE I SQUAT (I occupy empty house) in L (left) OUR ZE[d] (last letter unfinished)
26 BURGLE R (right) in BUGLE (instrument)
27 MEAT SAFE *(SAME FATE)
28 GLADYS G (girl’s first) LADY’S (woman’s)
29 LAST LEGS dd
1 MAQUIS homophone of ‘marquee’
2 ROADWORKS ROAD (way) WORKS (factory)
3 THORN THOR (god) N (name)
4 MAZARIN MAZ[e] (labyrinth cut short) *(RAIN) (rain-storm) – Cardinal Mazarin, Louis XIV’s prime minister.
6 MAINTENON MAIN (principal) TENON (projector) – Françoise d’Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon, Louis XIV’s second wife.
7 THROB hidden in ‘elizabeTH ROBinson’
8 CONVERGE CON (on opposite side of, against) VERGE (side of road)
11 OPUS *(SOUP)
15 KIMBERLEY I’M (i am) BERL[in] (not in German capital) in KEY (clue)
17 INOCULATE IN O (love) LATE (not in time)
18 SCENT BAG *(CAN GET BS)
20 IDOL homophone of ‘idle’
22 ASSESS dd
24,21 MARIA THERESA ARIA (song) THE RES (little house) in MA (mother) – Maria Theresa of Spain, Louis XIV’s first wife.
25,19 L’ETAT C’EST MOI *(LO I’M STATE ETC) – in English, ‘I am the state’ so clever anagram fodder!