Posted by duncanshiell on June 5th, 2009
The preamble to this puzzle was fairly complicated and needed reading a two or three times before I got it clear in my mind as there was reference to clued entries, unclued entries, words in the theme, other words, words (clued or otherwise) preceding words (clued or otherwise), other relevant words that were not in the grid at all and unclued words forming thematic pairs.
We were told that three unclued entries, and the first element of the theme, may precede one of the clued entries. Three others, and a second clued entry, may precede the same two words (sometimes hyphenated). The second element of the theme may precede this clued entry. The remaining four may be paired to make a relevant pair. Solvers should highlight the two clued entries, and write the theme (three words) below the grid.
In the end it all made sense and was written unambiguously, although I felt one set of thematic associations was fairly contrived – the ‘in Furness’ or ‘-in-Furness’ set, but I guess BARROW is not the easiest word to use thematically. The hyphen (or not) is important if you are a scholar of English place names, or if you live in any of the named places.
There were therefore ten unclued words and two clued words relevant to the thematic element of the puzzle. The two clued words were symmetrically placed in the grid at 22 across – PARKER and 28 across BARROW.
The ten unclued words were DUNAWAY, KIRBY, LINDAL, DOROTHY, DALTON, FESS, WARREN, CHARLIE, FAYE and BEATTY.
The various combinations required were
DOROTHY PARKER – American writer and poet (1893 – 1967)
FESS PARKER – American actor born 1924, best known, it says in Wikipedia, for playing Davy Crocket and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s.
CHARLIE PARKER – American jazz saxophonist (1920 – 1955)
BONNIE PARKER – Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde
I had heard of three out of the four Parkers.
LINDAL IN FURNESS
DALTON-IN-FURNESS, all towns or villages in Cumbria.
The two pairs were FAYE DUNAWAY and WARREN BEATTY who played BONNIE PARKER and CLYDE BARROW in the 1967 film BONNIE AND CLYDE.
The theme to be written under the puzzle was therefore clearly BONNIE and CLYDE. The title of the puzzle, ‘Fatal Attraction’, is itself a film title, but not the title of the thematic film. Bonnie and Clyde were indeed attracted to each other and the attraction was fatal in that both got killed in a final shoot-out with police.
Ikela is a setter’s name that I have not come across before. There was a good deal of thematic material in this puzzle which I enjoyed solving in a morning session of about two and a half hours. I would be very happy to solve another puzzle by Ikela.
For all but one of the clues, I found the wordplay clear, but I can’t remember a previous blog where I have had no anagrams to explain until I got into the Down clues I am not really sure of the wordplay for 16 across ON ICE
I probably will not be able to respond to any comments on this puzzle immediately.
|5||SULFUR||SUR (on) containing (catching) FLU (infection) reversed (turning) = SULFUR (bright yellow)|
|8||AMETABOLA||BATE (in falconry, to try to fly from the fist or perch while still attached to a leash) reversed (back) contained in (being gulped by) (A + MOLA [the sunfish]) = AMETABOLA (a classification of insects)|
|9||IAGO||I (Italy) + AGO (in the past) = IAGO (a villain in Shakespeare’s Othello)|
|10||LAGENA||LAG (delay) + INA (Irish girl’s name meaning ‘fire’) = LAGENA (bottle)|
|13||TURN||TURIN (Italian City) excluding (leaving) I (one) = TURN (a ‘go’ in a game)|
|15||CREEP||C (caught) + PEER (fellow) reversed (returning) = CREEP (someone cringing)|
|16||ON ICE||According to Chambers, O is used in addressing, marking the occurrence of a thought; NICE is related to ‘please’, ICE is hard, HON is short for Honourable, a form of address and we could lose (postpone [?]) the H (hard), but you will see that I am struggling. However, there is no doubt that it all equals ON ICE (postponed)|
|17||SHUT||SH (quietly) + UT (the same as DO, the first note of the tonic solfa) = SHUT (bar)|
|19||ARVO||(A [one]) + OVER [finished]) without (lacking) E (energy) = ARVO (afternoon)|
|20||ATTILA||A (one) + LIT (landed) + TA (Territorial Army, volunteers) all reversed (in total retreat) = ATTILA ([the Hun], savage commander)|
|22||PARKER||PARKER (a car parker positions his/her car in a roadside row) = [Nosey] PARKER (a nosey chap)|
|25||VERSE||OVERSEE (supervise) excluding (being blackballed) the first and last letters (outsiders) O and E = VERSE (part of a chapter)|
|28||BARROW||BOW (show respect) containing (having in) ARR (arrived) = BARROW (old graveyard)|
|29||TROG||GO + RT (right) all reversed (back) = TROG (walk wearily)|
|30||RAIN||DRAIN (sewer) excluding the first letter (blocked at first) D = RAIN (water)|
|31||TITLE||TITLE (right) = TITLE (book)|
|32||REFIT||REFT (past tense of ‘reave’, an old word meaning rob) containing (put in) I = REFIT (installation of new equipment)|
|33||AREA||RE (about) contained in (to enter) AA (volcanic rock) = AREA (region)|
|34||EAGRE||EAGLE (a military standard carrying the figure of an eagle) with L (left) changed to R (right) (changing hands) = EAGRE (bore)|
|36||STRICT||S (second) + TRICK (deception) excluding (cut short) K + T (time) = STRICT (severe)|
|37||DOSS||DO (ditto, the same) + SS (ship) = DOSS (sleep)|
|38||PENTECOST||PEN (write) + E (musical note) + COST (estimate expenditure) = PENTECOST (festival)|
|39||EUSTON||NOTE (remark) reversed (retract) containing (about) US (American) = EUSTON (London railway station)|
|1||NEGRITO||NEO (artificial language) containing (to embody) GRIT (toughness) = NEGRITO (a member of any of a number of short-statured black peoples of SE Asia)|
|2||ATEN||Anagram of (confused) TAEN (see 18 down) = ATEN (Egyptian God)|
|3||WANZE||WANE (decline) containing (to accept) Z (fourth letter [in fourth place] of PRIZE) = WANZE (old word [as before] meaning waste away)|
|4||YOK||YOKE (burden) excluding (the last letter (never-ending) E = YOK (laugh)|
|5||SLIP-UP||SLIP UP could be a [down] clue for PILS (lager) = SLIP-UP (error)|
|6||LIBRARY||LIBRA (sign of the Zodiac) + RY (railway) = LIBRARY (where you can go for a book)|
|7||ROW PORT||ROW (argument) + PORT (drink) = ROW PORT (a small square hole for an oar in a vessel’s side)|
|11||AISLE||AISLE (homophone for I’LL [I shall]) = AISLE (passage)|
|12||REVEILLE||EVE (the day before) contained in (probing) RILLE (a narrow furrow on the moon [Chambers gives ‘rille’ as an alternative spelling of the more common ‘rill’])|
|14||UNAWARES||UNA (reference Una Stubbs, actress and dancer) + WARES (items for sale) = UNAWARES (unexpectedly)|
|18||TA’EN||NEAT (cattle) reversed (up) = TA’EN (taken, held)|
|21||IVOR||Hidden word in SURVIVORS = IVOR (boys name, possibly meaning bow-warrior)|
|23||OBTRUDE||Anagram of (wobbly) BOTTOM excluding (ignored) TOM + RUDE (vulgar) = OBTRUDE (butt in) I am not sure whether ‘way’ in the clue goes with ‘rude’ or ‘to butt in’. It doesn’t feel right with either, but it is needed to improve the surface.|
|24||ORGIAST||Anagram of (dancing) GIT and ROSA = ORGIAST (libertine)|
|26||SINUS||IN (home) contained in (in) (S [south]+ US [America]) = SINUS (cavity)|
|27||PATRIOT||PAT (well-prepared) + RIOT (serious disorder) = PATRIOT (one who serves his/her country). I suppose ‘quell’ is used to indicate PAT over RIOT because it is a Down clue.|
|31||TATER||STATER (old coin) excluding the leading (mislaid at first) S = TATER (a potato, reference jacket potato)|
|33||ARCO||RC (Catholic) contained in (entering) A and O (reference A Level and O Level exams) = ARCO (the end of a pizzicato passage in a piece of music, i.e stop plucking/picking the strings and revert to bowing)|
|35||END||END (part of a bowling competition played from one end of the green or rink) = END (the end, this being the final clue)|