Posted by rightback on October 10th, 2009
Solving time: 14 mins, 4 of which on 21dn (HALE-BOPP) and 31ca (PIPER).
Brummie gave us another art-themed puzzle, following Araucaria’s epic jumbo last month. This time the artists were more traditional, but I was unfamiliar with three of the nine. After blogging, it occurs to me that the full ‘connection’ referred to in the preamble is that all of the artists’ names are normal English words, and all are defined as such in the puzzle.
Apart from a mental block in the bottom right this was reasonably straightforward for a prize puzzle, but very good. The clueing is as accurate as you’ll ever see in the Guardian with some really inventive bits; my only quibbles are ‘of’ used as a link word, which I 1ac, and a couple of the surface readings which are questionable.
Music of the day: O Fortuna, the opening movement of Carmina Burana by 1dn – something suitably stirring for those attending the Times Crossword Championship in Cheltenham tomorrow. Best of luck to all competing.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||[ar]ABHOR[se] – I wonder how Paul would have clued this deletion?|
|10||CONVOLUTE; (COUNT + LOVE)* – a nice anagram indicator (‘smitten’, as the past participle of ‘smite’).|
|11||LAST + FLING|
|12||BANAL; BAN + AL[e] – good clue.|
|13||BALEFUL; BALE (= ‘Paper bundle’) + FU[e]L|
|17||CURRY; CUR (= ‘dog’) + R[a]Y – ‘dog fish’ is almost excellent, but slightly spoiled by the space (‘dogfish’ is one word).|
|18/28||RED(TAP)E – ‘Bureaucracy’ with ‘(3,4)’ is so obvious that the obscure wordplay (‘rede’ meaning ‘advice’) doesn’t really matter and anyway it’s a very good surface reading, probably a nod to the recent swine ‘flu hysteria.|
|20||ASHE + N – ‘Arthur once associated with court’ is cleverly misleading. Arthur Ashe, Wimbledon champion in 1975, is still the only black winner of the men’s singles there; the Arthur Ashe Stadium is the U.S. equivalent of Wimbledon’s Centre Court.|
|22||NUMBERS (2 defs) – a ‘number’ being ‘something that numbs’, hence a ‘local injection’.|
|25||STEAL + TH[e] – a rather bizarre surface reading.|
|26||GULAG; GAG around U + L? – I’m not sure about this; the only interpretation I can see is that ‘lost’ indicates the ‘L’. If that’s the case then unless there is dictionary support to the contrary I think it must refer to the won/drawn/lost columns in (e.g.) a football league table, but I think that’s too much of a stretch; if this is allowed then ‘for’ = F and ‘against’ = A would have to be fair as well. The argument that ‘won’ = W is permissible doesn’t hold water: that ‘won’ is the Korean currency!|
|27||CONSTABLE; CON (= ‘politician’) + S + TABLE|
|30||ELECT + RODE – ‘elect’ as in ‘Newcastle United are the champions elect’, as then Wimbledon manager Joe Kinnear described them in the 1995-6 season before their infamous meltdown.|
|31||PIPER; P in PIER – ‘to pipe’ can mean ‘to force (e.g. icing) through a nozzle’. Not sure why I dithered over this, it seems clear enough now. The artist is British painter John Piper; lots of his work is viewable here.|
|1||CARL ORFF; CAR + L + O + R + FF – nicely-themed surface.|
|2||WHISTLER (2 defs) – the ski resort in British Columbia.|
|4||S + CHILLER – the German poet Friedrich Schiller. You probably remember Whistler’s Mother from a Mr Bean film of a few years ago.|
|5||KNIGHT; rev. of THINK around G – Dame Laura Knight, I think. In Chambers, ‘G’ is given as an abbreviation for ‘grand’, meaning $1000.|
|6||DOUBLE TAKE; DOUBLET + [r]AKE|
|7||TURNER (2 defs) – the first Tina I thought of; not sure I could have come up with a second. Wikipedia tells me that ‘Tina’ is also slang for methamphetamine, which extends my crosswording drugs knowledge. Art-wise, Joseph Turner is probably most famous for the Fighting Temeraire and Rail, Steam and Speed (my own favourite), and for giving his name to the Turner Prize. I’d be interested to know what he’d think of some of the recent candidates for this latter.|
|8||BELL; BE + L,L – cunning: ‘L’ stands for ‘live’ in electrical wiring, so ‘two lives’ = LL. The inventor is Alexander Graham Bell; I think the artist might be Vanessa Bell.|
|13||BACON; rev. of CAB (= ‘conveyance’) + ON (= ‘working’)|
|14||FLY (= ‘Front opening’) + WEIGHTS (= ‘gives a bias to’) – not quite the lightest boxers; strawweights just pip them, with a maximum weight of 105 lb.|
|16||MUNCH; MUCH around N|
|19||DIS + INTER – the opposite of ‘bury’. Edvard Munch painted The Scream.|
|21||HALE-BOPP; HALE (= ‘Blooming’) + BOP (= ‘Teddy Boy dance’) + P (= ‘Prince’) – actually, one more quibble: I think the enumeration here should be (4-4) and not (4,4). [Edit - This was correct in the PDF version (and maybe the paper version too?) - thanks Sil.] This comet was in the news around 10 years ago when it was visible from Earth for a while.|
|23||MILLET; MILL + E.T. – having just solved ‘Schiller’ and without yet a full understanding of the theme, I thought this was going to be the playwright Arthur Miller, but in fact it’s Jean-François Millet.|
|29,26||EARL GREY; EARLY around rev. of ERG|