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Inquisitor 114 – Monkey Runs by Dysart

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)
31a ?????? DOTTLE

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 [6]) 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)

4 Responses to “Inquisitor 114 – Monkey Runs by Dysart”

  1. Hihoba says:

    Ba gave up on this one, and Ho and I only finished it yesterday! We too are baffled by the last angel, though we had all the fools. I’m not really too keen on SAINT – which we hadn’t found – as an angel. Surely there was a better 5 letter angel to clue than that. After all it didn’t have to fit into the grid. (Ireul or Satan would have done for instance?)

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    31a: VIRTUE TUR[k]* in VIE
    It seems that VIRTUE is one of the hierarchies of angels and an angel in that hierarchy.

  3. HolyGhost says:

    Under the headword SAINT, Chambers gives “…; an angel (Bible, Milton); …” so I reckon it’s OK.

    Challenging, but ultimately not completely satisfying, since one could complete the entries leaving some clues unsolved. Also, some indication of the unchecked/mutually cross-checked letters in those 7 entries would have lead to more directed guesses for e.g. DOTTLE, GALAH, SAWNEY, rather than just hunting in the dictionary.

  4. Duncan Shiell says:

    Colin, thanks for the explanation of 31a. I had thought about TUR(k), and I had noticed VIRTUE was an order of Angels, but I guess my brain didn’t make the connection as it didn’t see VIE as meaning ‘bid for power’. I think I need only kick myself gently.

    I agree that it was a bit of a dictionary hunt for many of the fools.

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