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Everyman 3268 – Arts & Literature Special?

Posted by Arthur on May 24th, 2009

Arthur.

A bit easier than the past few weeks, including lots of anagrams, but I hope your knowledge of the arts & literature is up to scratch with 2 plays (12ac, 5dn), a film (1dn), a greek goddess (7dn), a writer (1 ac) and an artist (22 dn) all answers, and a reference to another writer in another clue (16dn) as well as mentions of Pinter and Coward as red herrings in other clues.

Overall, very sound clueing with no complaints I can think of and a couple of (just about) &lits in 1dn and 7dn.

Across
1 OSBERT – (BREST)* after O. Osbert Sitwell was one of a family of famous British writers
4 HAS WORDS – H + S around A SWORD
9 TWO – hidden in scarleT WOmen
10 PORTMANTEAU – PORT = left + MANTEAU = gown
12 BEDROOM FARCE – (BOREDOM)* + C(oward) in FARE. Bedroom Farce is an Alan Ayckbourn play as well as a generic term for a particular type of British comedy.
15 REPRINTED – (REDPINTER)*
17 ACORN – COR = goodness! in AN
18 KIROV – IR = Irish in KO = knockout + V
19 COHERENCE – (CRECHEONE)*
20 GRANDMASTERS – cd
24 OLIVE BRANCH – OLIVE + BRANCH
25 AGA – A(ugusta) + GA = Georgia State. I can only assume this refers to Aga Khan the hereditary title of the Imam of the Nizari Muslims, unless anyone has any better ideas.
26 ADAM’S ALE – (ALASMADE)*
27 ABATED – AB + (DATE)*
Down
1 OCTOBER SKY – (ROCKETBOYS)* &lit. October Sky was based on the memoir Rocket Boys (I guess because it was an anagram of the name)- I know a memoir and a novel aren’t really the same, but when the clue is this nice I’m willing to let it go, particularly as they only need to be synonymous in the &lit reading.
2 BLOOD SPORT – PORT = opening, after BLOOD = claret + S(eason)
3 REPRO – REP = agent + R(uns) O(ff)
5 ARMS AND THE MAN – (NHSDRAMAMEANT)*. Arms and the Man is a George Bernard Shaw comedy.
6 WING CHAIR – WING + I in CHAR
7 RHEA – (HERA)* &lit
8 SLUG – hidden in captain’S LUGer
11 REMOTE CONTROL – cd
13 COUNTERACT – COUNTER = bar + ACT = turn
14 UNDERSTAND – UNDER = down + STAND = station. Dig is slang for understand.
16 INVERNESS – IN + VERNE’S (Jules Verne – French novelist) + S(edate)
21 SAHIB – (HAS)* + I + B. Sahib was a form of respectful address for a European man in colonial India. I knew it from reading novels set in India which seem to be full of the word!
22 GOYA – (ra)Y in GOA
22 VISA – IS in VA = Virginia State

Common crossword abbreviations this week:
husband – H
son – S
knockout – KO
Irish – IR
victory – V
sailor – AB (for Able Bodied Seaman. Sailor can be many other things including ‘tar’ and ‘salt’ too)
one = I (This one appeared last time and at least twice in this crossword)
popular = IN (Home, as in “He’s home” is also used for IN)
bishop = B

3 Responses to “Everyman 3268 – Arts & Literature Special?”

  1. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    In 21dn, “has upset” may also be interpreted as a reversal indicator.

  2. Andrew K says:

    Bit too general knowledge based for me. I looked up OSBERT and OCTOBER SKY. I liked BEDROOM FARCE and ARMS AND THE MAN clues.

  3. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    To clarify Comment #1, in 21dn, “has upset” yields SAH not only by anagram but also by reversal, “upset” being a reversal indicator.

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