Posted by petebiddlecombe on June 12th, 2009
Solving time: maybe 2 hours in several bursts
The thematic material in this puzzle was
- Five words from a quote, plus its author, provided by extra letters in wordplay for all but 7 clues.
- Four unclued answers of a kind.
- “When it began”, to be written in 4 characters under the grid.
Answers emerged fairly smoothly, though there are some subtle points described below, and two (22, 27) took much longer,partly from a rushed ‘ACETATE’ at 7. Although I made an early rash guess at “Early computing” from “When I.T. began”,the right theme came out without too much trouble from the quote extracts – “When sex=it began”, from Annus Mirabilis by Philip Larkin. The quote words were “Chatterley ban Beatles’ first LP – Larkin”. The unclued words were CONGRESS, BED, NOOKIE, INTIMACY and the characters under the grid “1963″ of course. The trickier clues are analysed below – if I’ve missed out something that baffled you, please ask. My overall impression was good – nothing to argue about in the clues, and I understood them all eventually. A good example of finding a memorable quote and making it into a well-worked puzzle.
|14||ERASER+T – SET in RARE rev.|
|15||ANETIC+T – Anetic=soothing. article=AN,festival=TET,in=I,Cuba = C. Unusual “charade glue” – “A dealt with B” = “A,B”|
|16||REASONER+E – RE,A,SON,E’ER|
|21||TRAIN+T – T,RARIN(g)|
|23||TUNNEL+L – TUN=nut rev.,NELL(ie)|
|24||EVER SO+E – E,VEERS,O|
|32||GERALD+B – (sing)GER,BALD=obvious|
|35||PERSONAE+A – PER.,SAON(A)E – first of two French rivers here|
|38||ELEA+A – EEL,E(nter),A – Elea was a Gk. colony in Italy – see ‘eleatic’ in Chambers|
|1||COVERLET+A – COVER(ALE)T|
|4||EMIR+L – LE = “The masculine French”,MIR=Russian commune|
|6||ROBE+S – R(OB.)ES. ob. = obiter = “by the way”,|
|8||NADIR+I – N.(AID),IR. “Northern Irish” taken as two words and abbreviated separately, so not “N.I.”|
|9||ALEC+R – CLEAR(s)* – Time to look at “Some first names” and find that Alexander=”defender of men”.|
|17||OISE+T – TOISE = Fr. length measure of 6.395 ft, OISE = runner = our other Fr. river.|
|20||SLIDDERY+P – (riddle,spy) – sliddery=slippery|
|26||RELAX+L – RE(LLA=all rev.)X – “relax” = an instance of relaxation|
|27||ZOEAL+A – Z(A.O.)EAL – zoeal=relating to zoea, a larval stage of some crustaceans.|
|30||NOSE+K – S(p)OKEN – teller=informant=nose|
|31||KAVA+I – K(AIV=via rev.)A – ka(e) is Scots for ‘jackdaw’. Kava is a S Pacific plant and the drink made from it.|
|32||GRAT+N – GRAN,T – Grat = past tense of greet=Scots for ‘cry’.|