Posted by kenmac on December 4th, 2009
What a struggle.
Firstly there was no magazine in The Independent in my local shop and none to be had in the nearest big city. A quick SOS email to my bellow floggers soon provided me with enough copies to paper a room – thanks guys.
Secondly, there were no clues to 26, 28, 29, 31, 32 & 33 down. Surely they can’t all be thematic and even if they are, surely they would say so, especially 29d which we already know to be thematic. Time for another email, this time to the crossword editor who kindly provides his email address at the bottom of the puzzle.This time it seems like there had been some kind of editorial cock-up confusion and Mike was able to provide the missing clues:
26 Good friend supports American trumpeter (5)
28 Home team replays at Nuremberg (5)
29 See preamble (5)
31 Waterproof jacket certainly not lost in the drink (4)
32 Flier, one serving on Ark Royal? (4)
33 Vessel’s neat, newly rigged (4)
Thirdly, it was a rugby weekend and I just had to watch (and thoroughly enjoy) Scotland beating Australia for the first time in 27 years, so no cruciverbalistics until Sunday at the earliest.
Fourthly, and some would say, most importantly, it was my wife’s birthday weekend so she wouldn’t take too kindly to me having a crossword stuck to my nose all weekend.
So, on to the puzzle itself, Glow-worm, eh? I’m not sure I’ve met him before but I’m sure that HolyGhost will give us the gen when he reads this. A lengthy preamble that is difficult to understand at first, never mind there’s no mention of extra letters or suchlike (except that six clues contain “22 19″ which needs to be removed – whatever that means) so on to solving the clues. Most of the answers came fairly quickly. Two notable exceptions were 32d which I initially had wrong and 3d which I still don’t understand. The unclued words were: (22a) STROLLING, (19d) PLAYERS and (29d) AGAIN. Six clues (16a, 18a, 30a, 2d, 6d & 28d) contained a jumble of PLAYERS which had to be removed. Then I had the task of unraveling what was going on. This proved troublesome. I spent the next few days picking it up, staring at it and putting it back down until suddenly one day the centesimo dropped!
The six clues containing STROLLING PLAYERS had jumbled place names which proved hard to decipher. My first potential lead was 6d whose residual letters are an anagram of ANDOVER but no amount of googling brought results for “STROLLING PLAYERS” +ANDOVER. Then I suddenly realized I didn’t need to use all of the letters thus VERONA became a candidate, so I started researching Two Gentlemen of Verona – I carry The Complete Works of Shakespeare with me everywhere, thanks to my iPhone – to no avail. Then I noticed a potential VENICE in 30a. Now Google was more forthcoming, “STROLLING PLAYERS” +VENICE +VERONA gave me the lyrics to We Open in Venice, which, in turn led to KISS ME, KATE. The tour is represented in the song We Open in Venice from the Cole Porter musical KISS ME, KATE. The missing letters of the six places, VENICE, VERONA, CREMONA, PARMA, MANTUA and PADUA had to be inserted into the blank spaces in the perimeter. Other letters (apart from last letter of 29d) not forming a part of the place names, spelt out KISS ME, KATE.
|10||MESAL||Hidden word: priME SALmon|
|12||EQUILIBRATION||ON TEQUILA BLAIRITE(anag)-LATE|
|17||CADET||AD (nowadays) inside TEC (detective) (all
|21||MYALGIA||AMYGDALA-DA (Diploma in Anaesthetics) (anag)|
|24||AUNT||N(ewcomer) inside AUT (Association of University
Teachers: group of dons)
|25||HALAL||A (indefinte article) inside (Jerry) HALL|
|27||DRAYAGE||GRAVEYARD-VR (Queen Victoria) (anag)|
|34||PRO RATA||PRO (expert)+RAT (strike-breaker)+A(ssociate)|
|35||ROMANISED||D(eus: God)+REASON IM (anag)|
|36||SIND||Hidden word smallS IN Detergent|
|1||ASUNDER||Homophone: AS UNDER|
|3||ELL?||ELLE or ELLA – I don’t know Clue: Woman’s
cigar thrown away.
|4||PHILHELLENIC||PHIL (boy) +(ELLEN inside HIC(K))|
|5||ALB||A+LB (pound). INVESTMENT is an archaic word for
|7||ACTS||Double definition. ACTS is a book of The Holy Bible|
|8||KEITH||E(cstasy) inside KIT (Christopher)+H(eroin)|
|9||AROUSING||U (classy)+SIGNORA (anag)|
|13||MATTHEW||MATT (dull)+HEW (hack). MATTHEW is a book of The
|14||TIMID||I’M (this writer) inside TID(E)|
|23||LA TÈNE||ENTAILED-ID (fish) (anag)|
|32||WREN||Double definition. I originally had CREW (an old crow) and this misled me for a while in the endgame.|