Posted by kenmac on October 30th, 2009
What a bad start, I thought.
I looked at 1 across and got the
answer straight away. Usually when that happens, I’m doomed to failure. But, as it happens, it wasn’t an omen, I managed to solve all of the clues fairly quickly. My problem was that I wasn’t always sure about the extra letter until the end.
Making anything meaningful from the extra letters took a long time. I couldn’t figure out the extra letter in 12 across, and because the first few letters spelt: EN?MY I was convinced that I was looking for a quote with ENEMY in it. I had already spotted CHURCHILL in the grid so I spent ages trying to find Churchill quotes containing ENEMY. I was convinced that BEAR (from the title) represented RUSSIA but had not found it in the grid. Had there been any hair on my head at the start, it would have been torn out by now.
A nice little touch, I thought, to find RUPERT lurking in the grid (at the start of row 4) it may have misled a few people.
Anyway, the extra letters spelt out: ENIMYSTRIDDLEERYGMA or RIDDLE inside MYSTERY inside ENIGMA thus representing Winston Churchill’s 1939 radio broadcast: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”
So the originator (CHURCHILL) and the subject (RUSSIA) had to be highlighted in the grid.
|1||UNSCRUPULOUS||E||OUR CLUES PUN (anag: awfully)+US (thanks Duncan – see “Responses” below)|
|9||UTAH||N||NUT (head)+AH (expression of surprise)|
|10||SAIL||S(Nato)AIL (sluggish person)|
|12||THETIS||I||TIE (draw) (rev: back) inside THIS. I spent ages on this one, even having the correct answer, convinced I was looking for E as the extra letter (for EN/E/MY, see above)|
|13||EN BLOC||M||MEN (soldiers)+BLOC(K) (obstruction-K(ing))|
|16||ARBROATH||BRA (rev: withdrawn)+ROATH (loath (unwilling) with L(eft) changed to R(ight))|
|17||NUMERIC||NUM (union)+ERIC (fine): NUMERIC is an obsolete (as before) word for identical.|
|21||SUCRE||S||SC (South Carolina) inside SURE (stable): Ecuador currency.|
|23||RHACHIS||T||R(ome)+HAS containing CHIT|
|27||UP IN ARMS||PURITANISM-IT ((sex) appeal) (anag: somehow)|
|29||ANCHUSA||R||RANCH (farm)+USA (country that’s across the “pond” (Atlantic Ocean))|
|31||TUCANA||CUT (cross) (rev: about)+ANA (gossip collection): this one took ages to justify|
|32||STINGO||I||SITIN (protest)+GO (try)|
|34||IDEE||Hidden word: gIDE Exploited|
|35||DISSIMILARLY||SIR SILLY+MAID (anag: in another way)|
|1||UNTRANSLATED||D||TURN (anag: around)+AND+SLATE+D(aughter)|
|2||STEP||STEPPE (plain) (homophone: speaking)|
|3||CATERER||D||CARD (jack) containing TE+RE (a couple of notes)|
|4||UPSTAIR||L||RITUALS+P(astor) (anag: bizarre)|
|5||PLEAT||E||PELE (famous footballer even I’ve heard of!)+AT (Laos currency).|
|6||LABIA||LAB(oratory) (place for experiment)+I(nternational)+A(gency)|
|7||OILLET||(T)OIL+LET (a tennis service obstructed by the net)|
|8||SUCCESS STORY||E||SUES (takes legal action) containing C(arbon)+CESS (tax once)+TORY (politician)|
|11||LOIN||LION (courageous guy) (internally switched)|
|14||RORE||OR (either) inside R(hym)E. I didn’t like this clue, I thought it was clumsy|
|18||CHIASMI||R||CHI (old character)+AS (while)+MIR (commune)|
|19||LAND||Y||LADY containing N(ew)|
|20||ACARIDA||G||A+CIGAR AD (anag: brought up)|
|24||IMAGE||Not too sure about the wordplay here. I originally had I’M+AGED (with D as an extra letter)|
|25||KNUT||KT (Knight – also Knight of the Thistle; Knight Templar) containing NU (letter). KNUT is the same as NUT|
|28||PSALM||SAL (girl) in PM (afternoon)|
|30||ONER||Absolutely no idea on this one except for the definition: something exceptional Clue: France and Germany each have something exceptional.|