Posted by Hihoba on March 6th, 2009
Another challenging and well-constructed puzzle from Phi.
I found the bottom half of the puzzle easier to solve than the top, and indeed only had one word in the top half before solving the theme. Knowing what the replaced clashing letters were made it easier to solve the top half; still quite tricky though!
I had “. . . G THE CHANGE” and “. . . THE TROOP” for the across and down replaced letters, and thoughts of “Trooping the Colour” and “Changing the Guard” sprang to mind. So the TOURIST TRAPs were GUARDING THE CHANGE and COLOURING THE TROOP. Very neat! These new versions of the existing parades are NEW ROYAL OCCASIONS, the phrase spelled out by the letters to be entered in the grid from the wordplay.
The “17th instance” referred to in the rubric is 16A and 9D which both have G as the crossing letter to be replaced by L. 11A and 22D have no change when the “replacement” is made – referred to in the rubric by the phrase “almost always different”.
I dread to think how long our setters spend working these themes out, but we must offer them all a vote of thanks for their brilliance in keeping us entertained weekly!
A few quibbles. Two legitimate but uncommon and ugly words – REGIFT and RIPED, and an American (I presume) spelling of PEDAGOG which does not appear in Chambers, Collins or the OED. Also, shouldn’t St. Helier have been flagged as two words?
|1||RENIFT||REGIFT||G||N||Not one of my favourite words! T(ime) + FINER reversed|
|5||GEANGO||GUANGO||U||E||The rain tree, GEAN is the European cherry tree + GO (are sold)|
|10||DALWI LAMA||DALAI LAMA||A||W||Priest, LAD reversed + [MALAWI]*|
|11||TRUE||TRUE||R||R||Genuine, TRU(C)E (One of the “almost always different” ones referred to in the rubric.)|
|12||CUSPIOOR||CUSPIDOR||D||O||Old (thank goodness!) pub feature, CU + SPOOR round I|
|13||YNNATE||INNATE||I||Y||“being without instructions”, E(lectronic) + TANN(o)Y reversed|
|15||HOGAA||HOGAN||N||A||Strong drink, HOG + AA|
|16||PEDAGOL||PEDAGOG||G||L||Teacher (US?? see above), [LED A G(r)O(u)P]*|
|18||EMEOIC||EMETIC||T||O||“Bringing up” – nice definition, [E MICE O]*|
|23||ATCENE||ATHENE||H||C||Wise figure, ATE round CEN(t)|
|25||ESSENCE||Normal clue, ESSEN + CE|
|27||HOTCN||HOTEN||E||C||Old word for called, HOT + C(old) + N(ote)|
|29||VISAID||VISCID||C||A||Sticky, V(ery) + I + SAID|
|30||STSELIER||ST. HELIER||H||S||Island capital, [TIRELESS]*|
|31||GILI||GILA||A||I||Lizard, hidden in aGILIty|
|32||EQUALOESS||EQUALNESS||N||O||Parity, E + QUA + LOESS|
|33||NERMAN||GERMAN||G||N||European, swap the halves of NERMAN and you have MANNER, which is attitude.|
|34||MSLEES||MELEES||E||S||Affrays, M(ale) + (i)S + LEES|
|1||ROTYHE||ROTCHE||C||Little auk, [THEORY]*|
|2||ECRNOMISE||ECONOMISE||O||Nice clue! a miser would want to economise, [MISER ONCE]*|
|3||NOUNGERS||LOUNGERS||L||Chair by pool, NO (h)UNGERS|
|4||FACTAID||FACTOID||O||Trivial pieces of information, F(ollowing) + ACTA + I’D|
|5||GWSSET||GUSSET||U||A bracket, G(ood) + WET round SS|
|6||EIPED||RIPED||R||Developed, [DEEP]* round I|
|7||ALIZARC||ALIZARI||I||Madder colour, ALI + [CRAZ(y)]*|
|8||NAOA||NANA||N||The Darling’s dog in Peter Pan, NO round A + A|
|9||OARALE||OARAGE||G||Rowing, OR ALE round A|
|14||POINCILLE||POINTILLE||T||Dotted, [COLLIE NIP]*|
|17||GOETAITE||GOETHITE||H||Hydrated ferric oxide = rust, [TO AGE]* + ITE(m)|
|19||OYEBEAM||EYEBEAM||E||Glance, [MAYBE O(n)E]*|
|20||ATHIRSS||ATHIRST||T||Avid, A + THIS round RS|
|21||TEASEN||TEASER||R||Problem, TEEN round A S(econd)|
|22||ACTION||ACTION||O||Performance, (f)ACTION, Another “almost always different” one.|
|24||ENDISS||ENDOSS||O||Old support, hidden in friEND IS Surely.|
|26||NULLA||NULL + A|
|28||SSUR||SPUR||P||Encourage, RUSS reversed|