Posted by duncanshiell on March 13th, 2009
We were told that the initial letters of extra words in twenty-two (of forty-seven) clues would spell out the source of a quotation explaining what happens to seven answers. These initial letters would also give us the author of the quote. We were told further that all but one of the twenty-two words came from the source, except one, a musically relevant proper noun.
Before submission, a thematically related author (9 letters) had to highlighted and finally, five words linking the two authors had to be written below the grid.
It took me a while to work out was going on as literary references are not among my strong points. It was clear that there were clashes between across and down answers in a number of places – far more than just seven cells were involved. It gradually became clear that seven whole words were affected by the clashes. The initial words yielding many clashes, for me, were ARIEL, MICHAEL and CHERUB. Also, 34a was obviously THRONE and didn’t fit with the intersecting downs. I didn’t see any connection between these four words initially.
Over time the source of the quotation became clearer, with what looked like POPE at the end of the twenty-two letters. With about five extra words left to detect, I deduced that the source was AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM by Alexander POPE. A bit more research threw up the quotation “For fools rush in where angels fear to tread” The outlines of fools were apparent in the clashing letters and I was able to create the following table showing Angels and their replacement by Fools:
|Angels (clue answer)||Fools (grid entry)|
When the grid was complete, the author E M FORSTER was visible in the right hand column. FORSTER wrote the novel WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD therefore providing the link between himself an Alexander POPE.
You will note that there is one Angel that has escaped me, viz the one at 31 across. I have puzzled over this clue (Turk endlessly beaten in old bid for power ) for ten days and it still escapes me, even when trying to reverse engineer a number of obvious Angels into the clue. No doubt when someone tells me what the answer is, I shall kick myself. In terms of submitting the final grid, it is not necessary to solve the clue to 31 across.
I found this towards the difficult end of the Inquisitor spectrum and an excellent challenge. I enjoy Dysart’s clues as they read well and provide good examples of misdirection. As ever, I learnt a few new words and phrases – e.g. MOISME, UNCE and RYA RUGS, to name but three of the first four across clues. I also learnt some new fools – GALAH, DOTTLE and SAWNEY.
The twenty second extra word that was not to be found in An Essay on Criticism, was Mercer, a reference to Johnny Mercer who wrote the song ‘Where fools rush in‘ in 1940.
The significance of the puzzle title ‘Monkey Runs’ relates to the meaning of the word ‘monkey’ as a verb meaning ‘to fool’. Presumably, ‘runs’ relates to ‘rush’.
Overall an enjoyable puzzle that took a while to fall.
Having got DOTTLE as the fool in the grid at 31a, I have completed the puzzle, but I don’t like not having solved the associated Angel.
|No.||Word||Answer||Entry||Components of Wordplay for Answer|
|1||BECALM||Anagram of (runs) CABLE + M (miles) = BECALM (still)|
|6||RAPHAEL||BUFFOON||RA (artists) + anagram of (busy) ( HELP and A) = RAPHAEL (an artitst, painter, but also an Angel)|
|12||MOUSME||MOUS (mouths, or ‘traps’ in Scotland [Ayr]) + ME = MOUSME (a Japanese girl)|
|13||UNCE||DUNCE (fool) without (cutting) D (diamonds) = UNCE (an ounce, or quantity, in Scotland [Iain])|
|14||ARIEL||DWEEB||Anagram of (eccentric) EARL containing (imbued with) I (independent) = ARIEL (a spirit of the air and an Angel)|
|15||EMETINE||EMMET (tourist) without (squanders) M (money) +IN + E (Spain) = EMETINE (causing violent vomiting, sickening)|
|16||Ancient||RYA RUGS||Anagram of A SURGERY without (removed) E (last letter [finally] of ‘are’) = RYA RUGS (mats)|
|18||Natural||AGNESI||Anagram of (distorted) A SINE and G (German) = AGNESI (Maria Agnesi, an Italian mathematician, noted for work on differential calculus)|
|20||Error||HEREOF||ERE (before) contained in (entering) HOF (court) = HEREOF (about this)|
|21||SAINT||GALAH||A (all) contained in (guarded) an anagram of (ground) ISNT = SAINT (holy also means Angel)|
|23||Snake||NEGRILLO||GRILL (cook) contained in (interrupts) an anagram of (cooking) of ONE = NEGRILLO (a member of any of a number of African peoples)|
|24||FLYMOS||(SOL [note in the tonic sol-fa] + F [Fellow]) containing (pinching) MY all reversed (turning) = FLYMOS (lawnmowers, cutters)|
|26||OSTLER||O (old) + STABLER without (wiping) AB (first and last letters [flanks] of AraB) = OSTLER (groom)|
|28||BONANZAS||SNOB (toff) reversed (returns) containing (with) ANA (tales), itself containing (about) Z (Zambia) = BONANZAS (rich mines)|
|29||DYADS||DRYADS (nymphs) excluding (off) R (take) = DYADS (a pair of units treated as one)|
|31||??????||DOTTLE||You are on your own with this one! Obviously the answer is an Angel of some sort, but as yet I cannot relate any Angel to the clue|
|34||THRONE||BAMPOT||Not sure about the wordplay for this either. TH (why?)+ (RE (about) containing (in) ON (to sit)) = THRONE (the appropriate seat for a King; also an Angel)|
|37||CONFUSE||CON (knock, sixth definition of CON in Chambers) + FUSE (blow, as in blow a fuse) = CONFUSE (fail to distinguish)|
|39||EN QUEUE||Anagram of (ranged) (QUEEN and UE [even letters of DUKES]) = EN QUEUE (in a line)|
|40||NITER||NITERIE (nightclub) exclduing (barred) IE (that is) = NITER (American [US]) word for explosives)|
|41||Sounding||SLUR||LURS (trumpets) with the final (back) S moved to the beginning (front) = SLUR (legato effect)|
|42||CHERUB||SANWEY||CUB (youngster) containing (cradles) HER (woman) = CHERUB (innocent-looking child; an Angel)|
|43||Author||TRESTLE||TREST (trestle, support) + LE (French for ‘the’) = TRESTLE (support)|
|44||Yesterday||EX ANTE||EX (executed) + DANTE (poet) without the leading D (beheaded) = EX ANTE (as predicted)|
|No.||Word||Answer||Entry||Components of Wordplay for Answer|
|1||Obscentity||BODRAG||BO (man) + DRAG (drawing) = BODRAG (a hostile attack [as used by Spenser])|
|2||Noble||EDWY||Anagram of (ordered) the first and last letters (cases) of DRY WINE = EDWY (King of Wessex, approximately AD 951 to AD 959)|
|3||Character||CLEANLY||ELY (diocese, see) with CLAN (tribe) containing (protecting) the first letter (leader), E = CLEANLY (pure)|
|4||LOBUS||COLOBUS (monkey) without (leaving) CO (the first two letters of [a couple of] ‘coconuts’) = LOBUS (lobe, branch)|
|5||Rival’s||MICHAEL||MUGGINS||Anagram of (worked) CLAIM HE = MICHAEL (reference Michael Jackson; also an Angel)|
|7||Impious||UMMAH||HAM (ranting actor) + MU (Greek letter), all reversed (upset) = UMMAH (body of Muslim believers considered as one community)|
|8||FEEDERS||FENDER (guard) with N (new) replaced by (for) E (base of natural logarithms) + S (first letter [head] of ‘station’) = FEEDERS (old word for shepherds)|
|9||Temple||FUTURITY||Anagram of (scattered) FRUIT containing (around) TU (French for ‘you’) + Y (yard) = FUTURITY about to be, next)|
|10||Image||ON ICE||Hidden in (keeps) ICONIC EXILE = ON ICE (in prison, especially in solitary confinement in Amercian [Waco] jails)|
|11||NEEM||M (first letter of (source of) ‘medicine) + EEN (even, in fact), all reversed (giving rise to) = NEEM (an East Indfian tree yileding medicinal oils) – & Lit clue|
|15||Curious||ESPERANCE||Anagram of (nasty) RAPE SCENE = ESPERANCE (Shakesperian ([The Bard] word for ‘hope’)|
|17||TOLEDO||ODE (poem) reversed (uplifting) following LOT (fate) reversed (reversal) = TOLEDO (sword)|
|19||GALOOT||Reverse of (upsets) TOOL BAG (workman’s kit) excluding B (book) = GALOOT (clumsy or inept fellow, lummox)|
|22||Intent||AMATEURS||A + MAT (web) + anagram of (devious) RUSE = AMATEURS (not professionals, lays))|
|25||Soul||ONLIEST||Anagram of (troubled) NOT containing (about) LIES (is still) = ONLIEST (dialect [local] for only [unique])|
|26||Mercer||OSBORNE||O (oscar) + S (has) + BORNE (sufferred) = OSBORNE (reference John Osborne, playwright)|
|27||LAPUTAN||Anagram of (fails) PLAN containing (trapped inside) (UT [as] + A [50, medieval Roman numeral]) = LAPUTAN (absurd, reference Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels)|
|30||STERVE||Anagram of (whimsical) VERSE containing (about) T (time) = STERVE (old [not now] from of starve, die)|
|32||TOQUE||TORQUE (necklace) excluding (abandoning) R (runs) = TOQUE (macaque, monkey)|
|33||Plot||EQUAL||EQUUS (play written by Peter Shaffer in 1973) excluding US + A (one) + L (left) = EQUAL (even)|
|35||Offence||ANNEX||NEXT (after) excluding (sacking) T (tenor) after AN = ANNEX (appropriate [as a verb])|
|36||Provoking||JEST||JESUIT (Catholic) excluding (missing) UI (middle letters [essence of] ‘quip’) = JEST (another kind of quip)|
|38||Effects||SEKT||Homophone of (sound of) SECT (party) = SEKT (sparkling wine)|