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Enigmatic Variations 861 — Hellish Rate by Samuel

Posted by Colin Blackburn on May 15th, 2009

Colin Blackburn.

Quite a tough EV from Samuel, certainly somewhat tougher, for me, than his Listener puzzles I have solved. Although I had plenty of extra letters and I could make out FRIEDRICH I still couldn’t fit in the other names because of their spelling. The penny dropped when I had OPUS and RAGTIME and the following dawned…

In each of the starred clues the missing subsidiary indication is “sound of” and the common definition is “music”, thus giving the overall theme, SOUND OF MUSIC. The perimeter reads, from the square to the right of 4,

EDELWEISS, DO-RE-MI, CLIMB EV’RY MOUNTAIN, MY FAVORITE THINGS

These are a few of the favourite songs from the theme film. I haven’t checked which one is misspelt in one reference book, it could be “Do-re-me”, “Climb Every Mountain”, or, most likely, “My Favourite Things”. Writing in “Every” certainly didn’t help me! The extra letters from the clues spell out,

FRIEDRICH, LOUISA, GRETL, LEISL, KURT, MARTA

The missing seventh Von Trapp child (from the film) to be entered below the grid is, I think, BRIGITTA. Finally, the five letter name to be highlighted is MARIA, the M of 28a followed by 31d, ARIA.

A very enjoyable puzzle with plenty of thematic material crammed in. The cluing was excellent, if tough here and there. As of writing the blog I’ve not figured the title. All I can think of is that HELLISH = DIS-LIKE and I dislike the Sound of Music! I’m sure all will be clear from the first comment.

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

 
Across
8 F DRENCH D FRENCH  
9 R IPECAC RIPE CAC[k] ipecac is a short form of ipecacuanha, a root. Cack is slang for rubbish or nonsense, among other things.
11 * RAGTIME RAG “thyme”  
12 I SHUL .S.I.H.U.L.  
13 E SYLLEPSIS (LI[f]ELESS SPY)  
16 D SPODOGRAM ‘S POD DO GRAM I think I’ve parsed this right.
18 R NEXT REX in N[es]T  
19 I SUBURB SUB U RIB  
21 C IMP CI MP  
23 * CANTATA CAN “Tartar”  
25 H SEE SHE E  
26 L HALALA HALAL [s]AL[t] a new word on me, 1/100 of a riyal and thus Middle Eastern gravy!
27 O CHAV HAVOC*  
28 U TREMATOID MATURE* in T.O. ID  
32 I PRELUSORY PIR ELUSORY  
33 S TORR TORR[e]S Fernando Torres is a Liverpool striker.
34 A FRIGATE FAR I GATE  
36 G ISAIAH IS GAIA H Is is short for Isaiah.
37 R ALBEDO ALB RODE*  
 
Down
1 E WEALD WEE LAD*  
2 T ENGLUT (GLUE TNT)*  
3 L SHIPPON SH LIP P ON  
4 L SUM dd SLUM  
5 * OPUS O “puss”  
6 I REST [p]RIEST  
7 E MAUL M A ULE Ule is a tree.
10 * CHORUS “core” US  
14 S SOFT ROE SOFT ROSE This term for the male genitalia of a fish is two words. The pdf version has it as a single word, but also it is listed under ROE in Chambers rather than SOFT. This made it quite hard to find, it was my last answer.
15 L XEMA X [f]EMAL[e]  
16 K SCALA (A LACKS)<  
17 U OUTED OU UTE D OU is a South African, UTE a North American (hence Utah).
20 R REAM dd REARM  
22 T PLEURA (U[nde]R PETAL)*  
24 M AZILIAN (NAIL MIZ A)< MIZ = miserable.
27 A CASABA CA BAAS< A  
29 * MOTET “mow tete”  
30 R SO-SO SOS RO  
31 * ARIA “are ear” It took me a while to fully parse the homophone here.
32 T PIAF PI AFT  
35 A RUM dd ARUM  

4 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations 861 — Hellish Rate by Samuel”

  1. Tony Walker says:

    I think the title is an anagram of “The hills are…”

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks, Tony. I guess the next word in the line could function as the anagrind!

  3. Samuel says:

    Thanks for the good write-up, Colin.

    Tony’s exactly right regarding the title, which represents “THE HILLS ARE ALIVE”, with ALIVE as the anagram indicator.

    The perimeter entry misspelt in one reference book was in fact “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, which is given as “Climb Every Mountain” in Halliwell’s Film Guide. I’m not sure where the disparity comes from, but the puzzle was based on the original stage musical, which most definitely has the abbreviated form of “Ev’ry”.

    Out of interest, the musical is 50 years old this year, hence the puzzle.

  4. Al Streatfield says:

    I had an idea for a puzzle called “Julie Andrews’s Greatest Hits” (From the Not the Nine O’Clock News song) using “Doe’s a Deer a Female Deer” etc… and the difference between the tonic sol-fa and the ordinary sol-fa system. Got bored with it partly because everything was too difficult to fit in and also, like Colin Blackburn, am not a big fan of the musical…

    Anyone’s welcome to the idea…

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