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Inquisitor 142 – Run Out by Loda

Posted by kenmac on September 25th, 2009

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Inquisitor 142

This wasn’t a particularly entertaining puzzle for a non-cricketing, non-English person.  Though I have to admit that I, unwittingly, asked an Australian friend for assistance with the dénouement.  Or should I say ex-friend?  The clues weren’t particularly difficult, the only problem was deciding early on, which squares to leave blank.

The preamble used the phrase “… contains a character that must be dismissed …” this should have alerted me immediately to the ampersand (&) in 25 down but I have to sheepishly admit that it was the last one I got.

The extra characters spelt out, “WELL DONE ANDREW STRAUSS & TEAM” a reference to the recent Ashes series, I’m told.

A number of squares were left blank and this forms the shape of The Ashes trophy (the Darnley urn) with the letters T and O forming the holes through the handles.  The preamble stated that the letters were the initial letters of numbers, which should be substituted.  I’m reliably informed by my Aussie chum that the score was 2-1. In addition the words ENGLAND and AUSTRALIA appear down either side of the grid and the words THE ASHES form the base of the urn.

I’ll be on holiday when this is published so there may be a delay answering any queries.

Across
No. Entry Extra
Character

Wordplay
1 STERNPOST W

WET STOPS(anag) containing RN (service: Royal Navy)
8 MOPY E

POEM (anag)+(eulog)Y
11 PERIL L

Def: DANGLER (danger) – PER (according to)+IL (Italian for “the”)
12 POODLE

POOD (38lbs)+L(ook)+E(mancipated). According to Chambers, a POOD is 36lbs, so is it a misprint?
13 APTS

ATS (anti tetanus serum) containing P (quiet). APT is on old verb meaning fit.
14 INSET

ISNT+E(lastic) (anag). T(wo) is replaced by 2 in the grid.
15 EMUS

(AS)SUME (reversed) – losing A+S(econd)
17 ENLIST

LISTEN with last 2 letters (one third of 6 letters) moved to the front.
19 GLUER

LU(tetium) inside GER (another name for a yurt in Mongolia – a yurt is a conical tent)
22 MANSONRY

(ma)N(or) inside MASONRY. MANSONRY is a Shakespearean word for mansionry: meaning residence.
24 SHITTAH

HAT THIS (anag). SHITTAH is a wood referred to in the bible, believed to be a species of acacia. It’s not often you get to type the first 4 letters of this answer without causing offence!! ;-)
26 EDUSKUNTAS

ED(ited)+U(kases)+STUNK+AS (anag). EDUSKUNTA – a Finnish parliament chamber
29 CUTIS L

CU+SLIT (reversed)
31 DEVOID

DEVON-(warde)N+ID
33 ISOTHERAL D

I (one)+ALDERSHOT (anag)
34 SALTASH O

SALT (sailor)+HAS (anag). Extra character comes
from the definition: TOWN BOY TAMAR
35 STAIG N

CASTING-C(olt) (anag)
36 ERGS E

REG (anag: RILEY)+S(tokes). Extra character comes from definition: WORK UNITES.
37 PERSIENNE A

IS+A+PENNY+ERE-Y(ard)
(anag)
Down
No. Entry Extra
Character

Wordplay
1 SPRING N

Double definition: WARNE – ware=spring in Scotland. I believe this might be a subliminal cricketing reference.
2 TEEN D

TE (note)+DEN.
3 ERASE R

I had this as RAGES+E(ccentricity) (anag) and the G threw me for a while. I now think it must be REARS (anag) + E(ccentricity) but I don’t really see how the clue works.  All letters are checked.
4 RIPENESS E

RIP (to criticize – to PANE)+SEEN (anag: developing)+S(quash)
5 PETUNTSE

STEEP (anag: ground) containing TUN. T(wo) is replaced by 2
in the grid.
6 SPONDEES

SPED+ONE+S(econd) (anag). O(ne) is replaced by 1 in the grid.
7 TO

anTOny’s soul (middle letters)
8 MOTEL W

M(oney)+(s)TOLE(n) (endlessly) (anag: angry). Extra character is from definition: SOMEWHERE TO WREST.
9 PLAUSTRAL S

PLUS (also) containing A(dult)+LAST (reversed) containing R(ule) – the whole thing meaning “of the wagon”
10 YEASTY T

YET+AS (like)+TY(E) -
cut pasture
16 GLANDULAR R

(f)URR(y)+AND+GALL
(anag: afflicted)
18 ISNT A

SAINT (anag: quaint)
20 UNAU U

UNA (lassU)+U(niversal) (film classification meaning viewable by all)
21 ROTAVATE S

ROT (become corrupt)+AE (aged) containing VAT (value added tax). Extra character comes from definition: STILL WITH POWER.
23 RECUSE S

SECURE (anag: supply). Extra character comes from definition: UNSUITABLE TO JUDGES
25 HIDAGE &

Didn’t understand all of this :-( I can see HID (concealed). Extra character comes from definition: LAND & TAX ASSESSMENT ONCE.

Original clue is: Land & Tax Assessment once concealed acreage switching e.g. (6)

27 SISTS T

SITS (is in session) containing ST(even: seven)
28 SOLAN E

LOSE (reversed)+AN (one)
30 SOAP A

I thought this was a rather clumsy clue and I think it works like this: LAST ON ALPS loses the leading L (without early lake) then without the A (extra character), becoming ST ON ALPS then we take the odd letters only.) Definition is CORRIE E.G. (Coronation Street.) All letters are checked so it must be right.
32 IAIN M

I (sounds like aye)+MAN containing I(nvernessshire.) Incidentally, my son’s name is Iain so I’m pleased to see some Scottishness in an otherwise English biased puzzle. Funnily enough, Iain always likes to have the last word!

7 Responses to “Inquisitor 142 – Run Out by Loda”

  1. C.G. Rishikesh says:

    RE: 25d
    concealed – HID
    acreage – A
    switching e.g. – which op. gives G E

  2. HolyGhost says:

    In broad agreement with kenmac’s assessment … And in 12a, sources other than Chambers give POOD as ~36lbs, so it does indeed appear to be a misprint.

    Concur with above comment on 25d, and I had 3d as RAGES without the R -> AGES = ERAS; + E(ccentricty).

    Also, I have a problem with 32d: we need to remove the M (for TEAM), but we need it present to lead to the male name IAIN.

  3. HolyGhost says:

    PS And of course, the title (Run Out) clues URN as an anagram.

  4. Mike Laws says:

    Chambers gives “same as aye (1)” under I (3).

    Don’t understand HG’s ref to TEAM.

    And, apparently, a run out occurred at a crucial point.

  5. HolyGhost says:

    ML:
    In 32d, the “character that must be dismissed” before solving is M, in order to complete the “message”. So the adjusted clue is Aye, an seen around capital of Invernessshire maybe?. This is the wordplay for IAIN but I can’t see any definition – to make this an ‘&lit.’ type of clue, we seem to need the whole word man, indicating a Gaelic male name.

  6. Mike Laws says:

    The clue is an & lit, so you see the definition before you solve the wordplay.

    The same argument applies to the feasibility of a “Misprint & lit” clue, much discussed in strictly Ximenean circles, without any final consensus being achieved.

    I can understand and respect both points of view.

  7. kenmac says:

    HolyGhost says:
    PS And of course, the title (Run Out) clues URN as an anagram.

    Thanks HG, I did wonder about the title.

    I agree with Mike about the &lit, I didn’t have a problem with 31.

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