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Enigmatic Variations 858 — Twenty-two by MynoT

Posted by Colin Blackburn on April 24th, 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Lots of jumbles make me nervous. What’s more all the down answers, and there are lots of them, are jumbled. And…there are only six across clues, the remaining entries make up 21 thematic terms…to be guessed! However, this puzzle comes with the all new SOLVING STRATEGIES and that tells me to crack two or three across entries and nine down entries.

I decided to test the strategy, especially as there were only two clued across entries in the lower half of the grid, and duly solved 17, 19 and most of the down answers. I didn’t see 22 straight away but that was the third possible answer. So I didn’t have much work with but the strategy suggested I had enough. The key for me was 6, it put a F, J or U as the first letter of 21. Looking at possible 2nd, 4th and final few letters the only word that sprung to mind was JUDGEMENT. Writing this in gave 10 as possibly being WORLD. Brewers was recommended so I knew that somewhere in there was a list of 22 things including JUDGEMENT and WORLD…Tarot!

I’m not sure which corner of my mind that was stuffed away in but checking Brewers confirmed that there are 22 (named) cards in a Tarot pack including he two I had, though it was THE WORLD. Dropping the definite articles I quickly put in most of the across answers only needing a handful of down answers to resolve a few ambiguities. The rest of the across answers fell quickly and because of the checking only only needed to solve a few more down answers to complete the grid.

[The] DEVIL as the one card not in he grid which was to be written below the grid for a correct solution.

The need not to solve every clue always detracts a little from a puzzle for me though getting the theme early was obviously a help there. The cluing was excellent but very much on the easy side.

(XY Z)* anagram
X[Y]Z insertion
X[y]Z deletion
ZYX< reversal
“xyz” homophone

Across
1 HOUSE OF GOD
10 WORLD
15 FOOL
17 SHIURI RI in (HUM IS)*
19 PIER P[I]ER
20 LOVERS
21 JUDGEMENT
22 DEDIMUSES DE DI MUSES ‘of’ in both French and Italian. The long definition here stymied my parsing of this clue for a while.
23 HOLI H O L.I. H = heroin, O = on, LI = Long Island
26,30 WHEEL OF FORTUNE
33 MAGICIAN
34 EMPRESS
36 MOON
37 SUN
38 STAR
40 EMPEROR
42 STRENGTH
44 JUSTICE
46 CHARIOT
49,51 HIGH PRIESTESS
57 HANGED MAN
60 HERMIT
61 NETE ETEN<
62 DOULIEA ODALI[sq]UE the inferior veneration accorded to saints and angels in comparison to the accorded to the Virgin Mary.
63 POPE
64 DEATH
65 TEMPERANCE
Down
1 HALF HALF[a] halfa or alfa is a grass.
2 OAKWOOD O AK W O OD AK = Alaska, OD is a supposed force.
3 DIESEL DIES EL
4 SEIR SE IR
5 OHMS O[HM]S OS = ordinary seaman.
6 FUJI F U J I U = for all to see, ie the film rating. Fuji is a mountain in Japan.
7 FUNGUS F (G NU)< US Candida is a type of fungus so a ‘perhaps’ or ‘say’ might have been
8 RODE “roed” this word has caught be out before. I was trying to fit the past tense of ride, I was thinking about road and rowed. I then remembered the RODE is the present tense of a word meaning, of a woodcock, to make its display flight which is a series of regular flights.
9 GID GI D
11 MOOP MOO P a lovely Scottish word with a few nice meanings, to consort with, to nibble, to mumble.
12 IRE IRE[nic]
13 LINENS NIL< ENS LINENS are underwear
14 TROD T ROD
16 HOVE dd I knew a few people who lived in Hove Actually
18 HERM dd one of the smaller Channel Islands and a sculptured bust.
24 LURE dd
25 MEIJI ME I JI JI is an Indian suffix, hence the subsequently.
27 CORE CORE[gent] the adjective gent = noble for Spenser.
28 COLIN COL IN I finally appear in a grid!
29 SOAR SOA[y] R soay are Hebridean sheep. Y is an unknown.
31 MORAS dd I couldn’t solve this one from the clue and resorted to looking up anagram possibilities. MORA is the game of guessing how many fingers are being held up. It is also a legal term for a delay.
32 SHELL SHE’LL
34 HENT HEN T’ HENT = reach (obslete)
35 PERT PER T a = per.
36 IMPS I[MP]S
39 STYPTIC (TYPIST C)*
41 HEAUME “home” home appears in the clue
42 CLAIMS CL AIMS
43 RAPINE RA PINE RA = Royal Artillery.
45 HIDE dd
47 MOOS MOOS[e]
48 HAND H AND
50 TEGG T EGG one of the many words we have for sheep. This one is a two year old from the north of Britain.
52 RUME RUME[x] Rumex is sorrel.
53 PENE PEN E a type of hammer.
54 HIES (HE IS)*
55 RATE dd
56 TREE T[R]EE R = recipe = take.
58 TAN dd TAN = tangent, a mathematical function.
59 TOD dd

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