Posted by Colin Blackburn on August 7th, 2009
The preamble made this sound more complicated that it turned out to be. Once a few answers were in the puzzle fell in to place quickly and the straight definitions were mostly guessable from a few checking letters. I stumbled a little by wrongly identifying a couple of the extra letters and pencilling in FIND (Encounter) for FORD (Crossing Point). These errors were soon resolved.
The theme was London (Capital) Football grounds (Reasons!). The extra letters spelt out ARSENAL, CHELSEA, TOTTENHAM. The three major London football clubs (with due respect to Charlton and Millwall). Their grounds: Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane were associated in different ways with the 7 defined entries.
STEAMIER & DUMAIST are anagrams of Emirates & Stadium.
TEN SIXTY SIX BATTLE clues Stamford Bridge.
The third I’m not as sure about. I think that the pairs all create words but I don’t know if that’s right or if there is some stronger link than I’m seeing:
whiteLAW, hartFORD, TRIPlane
To finish off the ground WEMBLEY could be seen in grid on a diagonal from the centre (W of WEE) toward the bottom right-hand corner. And the location, LONDON, could be seen running in the same direction from the L of ALBI.
Not much time this week for detailed clue analysis but I’ll check back for comments if there are any questions.
dd double definition
(XY Z)* anagram
uvwXY Zabc hidden answer
>[A]YZ[X] letter movement
[A>X]YZ letter change
X. initial letter
.X final letter
X-Y-Z- alternate letters
|1||TEN SIXTY SIX||Encounter|
|11||WEETABIX||WEE TAB IX||brand name for a breakfast cereal.|
|19||ALLENBY||ALLE[N B]Y||WW1 British Field Marshall|
|20||S||BELOW PAR||(LAW PROBES)*|
|24||HALDANE||HAL[DAN]E||Haldane is a Biologist. Dan is a title in Eastern martial arts.|
|29||A||ALBI||A[LAB]I||Albi is the capital of the Tarn department|
|33||ALODIUM||AL ODIUM||I was stuck on this one for a while as I had -O-D-UM and HOODLUM fitted but didn’t quite fit the clue.|
|36||L||COLD||COL LD||LD = lethal dose. Used in animal testing for a dose that will kill a percentage of a test group. LD25 being the dose that kills 25% for instance.|
|37||ITO||ohITO’s||The definition refers, I think, to Ito Hirobumi, Japanese PM 1885 to 1888. Not that well known to me, it might well have been Hawaiian J-Pop star Yuna Ito, but there you go.|
|42||H||SEA EGG||SH EA EG G|
|43||E||SILO||S E I LO|
|44||BINDI-EYE||BIND IE YE|
|46||S||STONE MARTEN||(SOME ENTRANTS)*|
|1||TWELTH||acHT FLEW Tri<|
|4||I-AND-I||1 AN 1||1 and 1 make 2! I-AND-I sort of means two too in a different way.|
|16||YOU-ALL||(LOYAL U)*||more often heard as Y’ALL.|
|27||E||UMRA||UM RE A||It refers to the lesser of the two pilgrimages, the Haj being the more important. I know it as an abbreviation for uk.media.radio.archers|
|28||N||ENDOGEN||END NO GEN|
|31||TU-WHOO||([ab]OUT WHO)*||one of may ways the tawny owl calls.|
|32||A||ECLAIR||LACE< A IR|
|33||M||AILSA||MA IL SA||Scottish name meaning rock.|
|35||BREDA||BR[ED]A||A Southern city in the Netherlands.|