Posted by kenmac on September 25th, 2009
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.
|1||STERNPOST||W||WET STOPS(anag) containing RN (service: Royal Navy)|
|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|
|33||ISOTHERAL||D||I (one)+ALDERSHOT (anag)|
|34||SALTASH||O||SALT (sailor)+HAS (anag). Extra character comes
from the definition: TOWN BOY TAMAR
|36||ERGS||E||REG (anag: RILEY)+S(tokes). Extra character comes from definition: WORK UNITES.|
|1||SPRING||N||Double definition: WARNE – ware=spring in Scotland. I believe this might be a subliminal cricketing reference.|
|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) –
|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!|