Posted by Colin Blackburn on March 27th, 2009
A very enjoyable journey from Salamander I was well chuffed with it! The theme turned out to the the SETTLE-CARLISLE LINE, a beautiful and dramatic railway line linking the two towns and travelling along the edge of the Yorkshire Dales passing some of the National Park’s most glorious scenery.
The first of the extra letters in the word play part of each clue, subtly different to extra letters produced by word play which is how I read it at first, spelled out HORTON, DENT and APPLEBY. These three towns are stops along the railway line. The line could be traced in the grid from departure at Settle to arrival at Carlisle following a rough north-west path. Between Dent and Appleby the line passes through the longest of its several tunnels, the BLEA MOOR TUNNEL, the last word connecting the two towns in the grid.
The remaining extra letters spelled out PENYGHENT and INGLEBOROUGH, two STEEP landmarks. These two hills, along with Whernside, form the Yorkshire Three Peaks. If I had any criticism of this puzzle it would be the word STEEP being thematic. The hills, far from mountains, have the odd steep bit but it felt like the word was there just to make the numbers up.
The puzzle was published the day after RED NOSE DAY, perhaps the inclusion of that entry assured the date of publication? More importantly it was published on the day of the Dentdale 14 mile race, starting in Dent. Is Salamander a runner as well as a railway enthusiast?
(XY Z)* anagram
X.Y.Z. initials or abbreviation
vwXYZab hidden word
The fourth column indicates where the extra letter appears in the word play.
|10||YBRENT||Y B RENT||Mayo||one of those words that when you have YBR in the grid you doubt exists.|
|13||SAILOR||(A LORI[e]S)*||lorries||“no end of effective” gets rid of the E.|
|20||BOODLE||rrELDOOBus<||no||boodle = counterfeit money.|
|22||NUT OIL||NU[n] TOIL||newt|
|25||GAROTTE||R.O.T. in GATE||agate|
|29||NINETEENTH||(TEN IN THE EN)*||pen||the colloquial term for a golf club’s bar.|
|41||SHIAH||SH I A H.||She|
|1||CYRUS||CYSUR*||cryosurgery||cryosurgery – roger = cysur[y]. Cyrus was a king of Persia.|
|2||ABELE||AB ELE[y]||elegy||13 = sailor = AB.|
|3||LENWADE||(WE ANDLE)*||handle||I’d not heard of Lenwade before and so this one went in last.|
|5||ESHER||ES[t]HER||intern||T is in the middle once the extra E is omitted.|
|6||XANADU||X ANA DU[e]||Anna|
|7||SILLITOE||“silly tow”||Staid||Sillitoe wrote Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. The T needs omitting from staid to give the homophone indicator.|
|8||ALONSO||A LON S.O.||Lion||Alonso was the King of Naples in The Tempest. S.O. is Standing Order|
|9||FOREBITT||(ROTTE FIB[re])*||rotten||a forebitt is a post for holding a rope at the foremast.|
|21||ETNEAN||liET NE ANge||nee|
|26/38||RED NOSE DAY||RE[a]D NOSED A Y||bread||A is top grade.|
|27||THORPE||TH[POR*]E||poor||thorpe is a hamlet in the ld Viking areas of England.|
|33||OATH||yO A THird||you|