Posted by duncanshiell on May 31st, 2009
This was a entertaining, but aggressive crossword that took longer than it should have because I had the wrong answer at 18d (KEG) for a while. I thought to begin with that 18d was TUN (a large cask, sounds like [say] a ton weight), so I was wondering about the meaning of the middle letters of ACCRINGTON STANLEY for some time. Eventually the penny dropped and the words PEN, POCKET, STANLEY and BREAD made some sense, following on from the one unadjusted across answer at 16a GET THE KNIVES OUT. All types of knives had to be removed from the other across answers to make them fit the grid. I think that all the various knives were well known.
Not only was the theme aggressive (knives) but the phrase ‘act agressively’ appeared in three clues.
An eclectic mix of General Knowledge was needed to solve a number of the clues. Anyone who hasn’t seen the BBC sitcom Allo! Allo! will be baffled by Helga and her Gestapo boyfriend Herr Flick. Films are not my strong point so I had to do a bit of research to track down Butterfield Eight. I vaguely remember Lana Turner, the Sweater Girl. My pop music knowledge did cover The Stones, The Waves and David Bowie, but The The was a new group to me. Football is a much stronger subject so Accrington Stanley was no problem.
JACKBOOTS as a verb was a construction and meaning I hadn’t encountered before, but I was able to deduce the answer from the wordplay.
As ever with Enigmatist, the long anagrams were entertaining.
It felt as though there were a lot of three letter answers, but in the end I note there were only six and two of those formed part of a longer phrase.
I wasn’t convinced that the Rock and Roll link worked that well, but I’m probably nit-picking.
There are a lot of columns in the first table on this blog. I think the table will resize and be wholly visible in all but the most restricted windows; if not please let me know.
Components of Wordplay for Answer (or Entry (16a only)
|7||BALLPOINT PEN||PEN||BALLPOINT||Anagram of (production) NIPPON BALLET = BALLPOINT PEN (writer)|
|8||DAVID BOWIE||BOWIE||DAVID||(AVID [enthusiastic)]+ BOW [act of respect]) contained in (in) DIE (‘two-part Indie’ implies ‘in die’) = DAVID BOWIE (pop icon)|
|10||POCKET HANDKERCHIEFS||HANDKERCHIEFS||Anagram of (foggy) IF HE SPOT-CHECKED RANK = POCKET-HANDKERCHIEFS (wipers for one getting foggy), partly &Lit clue|
|11||HERR FLICK||FLICK||HERR||H (first letter(top) of HELGA)+ ERR (sin) + F (female) + LICK (lap) = HERR FLICK (Helga’s boyfriend in the 1980s/1990s sitcom Allo! Allo!)|
|13||BUTTERFIELD EIGHT||BUTTER||FIELD EIGHT||Anagram (badly) of BUDGET-HITTER containing (encapsulating) an anagram of (misspent) LIFE = BUTTERFIELD EIGHT (1960 film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Laurence Harvey and Eddie Fisher)|
|16||GET THE KNIVES OUT||GET THE KNIVES OUT (act aggressively) = GET THE KNIVES OUT (cryptic instruction on how to treat all the other across answers to make them fit the grid) – double definition.|
|21||ACCRINGTON STANLEY||STANLEY||ACCRINGTON||Anagram of (uncomfortably) CONCENTRATING LAYS = ACCRINGTON STANLEY (football team [side] in English League Two)|
|25||BLUEFISH||FISH||BLUE||(IF [condition] + E [drug]) reversed (rolled) contained in (into) BLUSH (cosmetic; technically ‘blusher’ is the cosmetic I think, not ‘blush’. Each of Collins, Chambers and SOED only give ‘blusher’ as ‘cosmetic’) = BLUEFISH (a large fish found of the north atlantic coast of USA)|
|27||PAPER OVER THE CRACKS||PAPER||OVER THE CRACKS||Anagram of (embarrassingly) PERK PROCREATES CHAV = PAPER OVER THE CRACKS (cover things up)|
|29||JACKBOOTS||JACK||BOOTS||J (judge) + (ACTS [does] containing [about] an anagram [new edition] of BOOK) = JACKBOOTS (acts agressively)|
|30||WHOLEMEAL BREAD||BREAD||WHOLEMEAL||Anagram of (out) LADLE A HOME BREW = WHOLEMEAL BREAD (it is possible to imagine someone ladling out a home brew with wholemeal bread as a sustenance), &Lit clue|
|No.||Entry||Components of Wordplay|
|1||DAPHNE||PH (measure of acidity) contained in (retained by) DANE (Scandinavian) = DAPHNE (plant)|
|2||PLANAR||PR (pair) containing (casing) LANA (reference film star Lana Turner, also known as the ‘Sweater Girl) = PLANAR (level)|
|3||ROCK||ROCK (stone) – reference Rolling Stones and ROCK AND ROLL ([music] genre) (see 28d). I assume AND is the central character|
|4||ENTRÉE||Sounds like ON TRAY (being how you would serve a meal to the someone bedridden) = ENTRÉE (main meal)|
|5||RAREBITS||Anagram of (cooking) ARBITERS (more than one arbiter) = RAREBITS (snacks)|
|6||KITSCH||Hidden word in JUNK IT’S CHEAP = KITSCH (vulgar trash)|
|9||SHED||WISHED (wanted) excluding (to leave) WI (Women’s Institute, group of women) = SHED (cast)|
|12||ROT||ROTA (routine course) excluding (get rid of) A = ROT (wasting disease)|
|13||FEE||FEE (wages paid to professional) = FEE (fairy), double definition|
|14||LEI||LEISURE (for casual wear) excluding (to be discarded) SURE (certain) = LEI (garland of feathers)|
|16,15||GO AT IT||GOA (Indian island) + TIT (bird) = GO AT IT (to act agressively), entered as GOA (16d) and TIT (15d)|
|17||TORMENTS||(MEN [people] contained in [in] TORT [wrong]) + S (society) = TORMENTS (afflicts)|
|18||KEG||K (Kilogram, weight) + EG (say) = KEG (cask)|
|19||VAN||VAN (vanguard, front) = VAN (vehicle), double definition|
|22,20||CROTON OIL||Anagram of (out) LOO + CITRON = CROTON OIL (a powerful purgative or cleanser)|
|23||NOT-I||Reverse of (turns) IT ON = NOT-I (that which is not the conscious ego, reference the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson)|
|24||THE THE||THE THE (definite articles put together) = THE THE (An English music and multimedia group active since 1979 – no, I hadn’t heard of them either)|
|25||BECOME||B (second-string) + ECO (environmentally green) + ME (setter describing himself) = BECOME (suit)|
|26||UNSEAT||Anagram of (throw out) USA.NET = UNSEAT (throw out), &Lit clue|
|28||ROLL||ROLL (a roller is a wave) – reference [Katrina and the] Waves (?) and ROCK (see 3d) AND ROLL ([music] genre)|