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Guardian 24,779 / Puck – Peace, man!

Posted by Andrew on August 22nd, 2009

Andrew.

I’m standing in on this puzzle for Rightback, who is away. The 40th anniversary that was celebrated was the Woostock festival, which opened on 15 August 1969. There were also some links to Woodstock, the bird from the Peanuts comic strip, and a separate mini-theme of things electronic. All in all a very enjoyable puzzle, which I got to solve twice through losing my original copy before coming to write the blog. I might have just about equalled one of Rightback’s legendary solving times on my second attempt.

Key:
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
* = anagram
< = reverse

 
 
 
 
Across
1. PIRATE I R in PATE
4. THE WHO HEW (cut) in TWO, with one of the W(eek)s replaced by H(ospital)
10. ELECTRONIC ELECT RON IC
11. RUBATO (A TROUB (adour’s))*. An Italian musical term indicating subtle variations in the tempo of the music.
12. AMNESIAC N in (n)AMES + I AC
13. PSYCHOSES PSYCHO (Hitchcock film) + SE(t)S. My least favourite clue, I think: the name of the film is too close in meaning to the final answer.
15,21. JONI MITCHELL (JIMI H CELLO T(u)N(e). Although she recorded a song called Woodstock she didn’t appear at the festival.
16. TEEN E(lectronic) in TEN
17. SHIFT KEYS One of those “reverse cryptics” – if you “shift KEYS” you get SKYE, and the shift key changes letters frojm lower to upper case.
22. EL PASO A S in POLE*
24. MOONSTRUCK (Keith) MOON (drummer fo The Who) + STRUCK (hit)
25. AQUA A QUAD less D
26. SNOOPY Woodstock’s friend in Peanuts, and “prior” sounds like “prier” – one who snoops.
27. UDDERS (r)UDDERS – a nice definition!
 
Down
1. PEANUTS (SET A PUN)*
2. RUMBA RUM + B(e)A(t)
3. TREMOLO R.E.M. in TO LO
5. HATING Hidden in tHAT INGratitude
6. WOODSTOCK WOOD (trees) on STOCK (family). “Bird drawn” is the Peanuts character.
7. ORIGAMI Just a long-winded cd with a slight homophone, I think – reference to “creasing” paper, and origami practitioners often make models of animals and birds.
8. MEGACEPHALOUS MEG + ACE + PHALOUS (“phallus”)
14. CRESCENDO END in SOCCER*
16. TRIPODS T (model) + R + IPODS (“electronic music players”)
18. FREAKED (c)AKE in FRED – I thinik of this as a rather hippy-ish word, so appropriate to the theme.
19,9. YASGUR’S FARM SUGARY* + SF (type of writing) + A RM (Royal Marine = “jolly”). The site of the Woodstock festival
20. PENT-UP PEN + PUT<
23. PEACE PE + ACE. Woodstock was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”.

7 Responses to “Guardian 24,779 / Puck – Peace, man!”

  1. Biggles A says:

    Thanks Andrew. I got there in the end but, as an ignoramus on the pop music scene, only with the aid of Google.

  2. John Pidgeon says:

    If, like me, you thought Puck’s puzzle underserved its theme, try this instead: same grid, same 6 down, just more Woodstock-related clues:
    http://www.x-oku.com/Puzzles/CW001.htm
    Solving times are recorded automatically, and there’s a prize for the fastest. More exclusive than a Collins dictionary, it’s a copy of Classic Albums, a rare book of interviews from the original radio series.

  3. cholecyst says:

    I found this quite easy, even though I knew very little about Woodstock. It was made easier by the full-page feature in that Saturday’s Guardian – a bit of a spoiler.

    The most interesting thing I learnt was that Woodstock was held about 60 miles away from Woodstock itself. A bit like holding a festival in Carlisle and calling it the Newcastlefest. Or opening a new airport in Oxford and calling it London.

  4. The trafites says:

    I thought this was a wonderful puzzle.

    Nick

  5. enitharmon says:

    Joni Mitchell didn’t just record the song called Woodstock, she wrote it!

    Although the version by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (who were at Woodstock) is probably the best-known, it was left to Matthews Southern Comfort (a Fairport Convention side-project who, like Joni Mitchell, weren’t at Woodstock) to top the British charts a year or so after the event with an idiosyncratic version full of melancholy for an idealistic dream that came to nothing. There’s an interesting take on this version here.

  6. liz says:

    Thanks, Andrew. This was an enjoyable puzzle. I really liked 17ac, and all the ‘electronic’ themed ones. 8dn and 27ac made me smile!

  7. Cathy says:

    I think this might be the first time I managed to finish the prize crossword with out any help so I thoroughly enjoyed it…my absolute favorite clue (although one of the last I solved) was Moonstruck… “the Who’s stick man” for “moon”: loved it!

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