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EV870 Landmark by Loda

Posted by Colin Blackburn on July 17th, 2009

Colin Blackburn.

A few misprinted letters didn’t really tell me anything but getting 5dn and a couple of the potentially intersecting across answers helped. I guessed that some squares would be left blank and looking at the few answers I had and symmetry I went for an square arch. So, Marble Arch or L’Arc de Triomphe? I didn’t worry for now but tried a few more clues and confirmed the shape quite quickly.

I then saw GRANDE stemming from 36ac and realised it was the newest arch in Paris, La Grande Arche de la Défense. Funnily enough I was in Paris a few weeks before this puzzle and visited La Grande Arche. The sides of the arch are government offices but the top is a more public space accessed by lifts in vertical glass tubes. There are spectacular views across the city and an interesting exhibition on microcomputers. I even looked at the exhibition on building the arch though I still used wikipedia to find the name of the architect, who died before it was completed.

So, the empty squares form a square arch, LA GRANDE ARCHE and PARIS appear in the lower rows of the grid. The corrected misprints spell out, F. MITTERRAND JOHANN VON SPRECKELSEN, the initiator and the architect without his middle name Otto. Excellent puzzle with one teeny weeny gripe. The Grande Arche is almost square, squarer than the arch in the grid. Well…I had to have one concern!

dd double definition
(XY Z)* anagram
X[Y]Z insertion
X[y]Z deletion
ZYX< reversal
uvwXY Zabc hidden answer
>[x]YZ[X] letter movement
X. initial letter
.X final letter
X-Y-Z alternate letters
X..Z extremes

Across
1 F FIASCOS IF< AS COS flops cos = cosine = mathematical function.
7 M TABARD (DR A BAT)< armless my partner got this one for me. I just didn’t think of tabard and couldn’t see the misprint
12 I HAMITE A in (I’M THE)* Tunis the descendants of the Hamites are said to be the North African Arabs and so Tunis should have several. Beat is the anagrind.
15 STOP S TO [po]P
16 TEST T E.S.T.
17 ERA prE-RAap here the possessive works well as a hidden indicator provide a neat surface.
18 FAG F[l]AG snout as in cigarette.
19 INERT (NITRE)*
20 ELITE ELI[a] T..E Elia is Lamb.
21 SETA (AT ES)< Es as in several ecstasy tablets.
23 TRUSTS TRUS[T]S
25 HANDICAPPED (DEN PAID CHAP)*
28 SEEDER SEE RED*
31 MIRE >[e]MIR[E]
34 T CRAVEN (CAN REV)* cat craven = coward = cat (Aussie slang.)
35 T PLANES P[LANE]S flat
36 E GRAN G-R-A-N- bred excellent definition of a gran.
38 R DEAR D EAR cher
39 R ATROPA (burlAP OR TAmin)< croak Atropa is the nightshade family, likely to make you croak.
40 A RISKIER IR< S KIER fail a kier is a vat.
41 N DECANE (NEED A C)* tenth c = canine (tooth). Decane is the tenth in the alkane series, it has 10 carbon atoms.
42 D EDGERS [l]EDGERS sides a ledger is a flat stone laid on a grave rather than an upright headstone.
43 J WASTERS W TEARS* S. reject
Down
1 O FASTISH (.S A SHIFT)* Not
2 H INTONE INTO NE hear Tyneside = NE, though it’s a small part of the NE.
3 A AVOCET COVE* in A .T Wader
4 N SUPERADD (E. DAD’S UP R)* and interesting word I’d not come across before.
5 CHEAPER CHE PEAR*
6 SMART TRAMS<
8 ATLASES AT LAS[t] E..S this particular definition of Atlas has a very specific plural according to Chambers, notably Atlantes rather than Atlases. I’ve not checked other dictionaries though.
9 N BETA >[a]BET[A] One
10 V ROSETTE STORE* TE Curve a particular mathematical curve.
11 O DUTIES IT< in DUES goads
13 ART ART[ery]
14 N AEGIS EASI[n]G* patron
16 FERAL dd
22 S SIENNA (IN SEA .N)* Soil
24 P UPMARKET (M AR) in P[h]UKET* Posh
26 R AERATED AE RATED charged
27 E DESERTS “dessert” S Leaves
28 C SCLAVE S CL AVE locked sclave is an old word for slave.
29 K EAGRE E.A.G.R.E. banks
30 E REDRAW WARDER< trace
32 L INCISE I. SINCE* slit
33 S REHEAR HER* EAR case
35 E PEIN roPE INsulation Beat the pein is the “back” of the hammer, it’s also the verb meaning to hit with that side of the hammer.
37 N RODE R. ODE on

One Response to “EV870 Landmark by Loda”

  1. Simon Harris says:

    I thought this was jolly good. I don’t manage to do EV often, and when I do I usually fail quite badly, but this one was a treat.

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