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Enigmatic Variations 892: Johannes & Ferencz by Oxymoron

Posted by Dave Hennings on December 19th, 2009

Dave Hennings.

I have no idea what the title means, although it does sound a bit like a Swedish clothing company … or is that Hennes & Mauritz?

Each across clue has a misprint, sometimes in an unchecked cell, with the correct letters spelling out a phrase. Then there are 65 cells to highlight. I don’t know if I’ve got enough ink!

Pretty straightforward fare, I thought, the phrase being THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND, and one word for DRUNK requiring highlighting in each column of the finished grid. In column order they are: WET – OILED – TANKED – FOU – HIGH – INCAPABLE – FULL – LIT – BLIND – MORTAL – MERRY – LEGLESS

A good solid puzzle from Oxymoron (aka Schadenfreude). And the title gives the real first names of Brahms and Liszt!!

Solving time: about 1¾ hours.

ABC* = anagram
ABC< = reversal
abCDef = hidden
X = correct letters / misprints in across clues; in 1ac, for example, the T is the correct letter, clue answer is WAFT, and entry is WAFF.

1 T WAFF flag (WAFT): A FT (one foot) with W (wide) at the front
5 H SAMPMIRE plant with fleshy leaves (SAMPHIRE): (PIE + MARSH)*
10 R ESCOITS guards (ESCORTS): C (caught) in E (English) SORTS (ranks)
11 E IBORIA two European ones (ie countries, viz IBERIA, Spain and Portugal): LIBERIA (West African country) – L (left)
12 E SUGARLD sweet (SUGARED): GUS< (boy sent back) + A (active) RED (communist)
15 S BITTH posts on board (BITTS): BITS (small tools) securing T (the)
16 H IOTTIE heat producer (ie hot-water bottle, HOTTIE): HIE (hasten) holding OTT (excessive, ie over the top)
17 E ACAR tree (ACER): R (rook) on ACE (unreachable service)
19 E NOTBAING non-existent state (NOT-BEING): O (of) T (Troy) BEING (present) after N (heleN’s termination)
21 T CONEECK strife (CONTECK): CONTE (short story) + K (king) about C (Catholic)
26 S TRIAGEE more than one sorting out (TRIAGES): (A TIGER’S)*
27 T FLESHPON striptease club (FLESH POT): (LEFT POSH)*
29 O MMDS public examination at Oxford (MODS): MO (doctor) + D (‘d, short form of did) + S (special)
30 T PEDARA basket (PETARA): TAR (salt, as in sailor) in PEA (vegetable)
32 H DIEMS William’s winter (HIEMS, Shakespeare): HIS (greetings) taking ME<
34 E ABUSAGR improper use (ABUSAGE): A + AGE (long time) outside BUS (public transport)
35 W LOEFUL wretched (WOEFUL): [O (old) W (women)]< + E (base) + FUL(L) (mostly strong)
36 I LEGERON prisoner’s restraint (LEG-IRON): (ONE GIRL)*
37 N ORDATELY with much decoration (ORNATELY): OR (gold) + NEATLY*
38 D RYNS support for millstone (RYND): sounds like RIND (outside)
1 WETBACK illegal immigrant: W (with) + ET (alien) + BACK (support)
2 ASTI wine: AS (like) + IT< (the other)
3 FOUTRES worthless and despicable chaps from Perth (Scotland): FOU(L) (almost filthy) + TRES (very)
4 HIGH-TECH state-of-the-art: H (hospital) + TECH (college) admits GI< (retired soldier) H (heroin)
5 STAIN spot: TA (volunteers) in SIN (anger, perhaps)
7 MORT 2 meanings: a great deal, for some & loose woman
8 IRITIS problem with the eye: IS (exists) after I (one) RIT (scratch)
9 EALE probably Hamlet’s evil (from Hamlet): E (English) ALE (porter)
13 ROOK card sharp: CROOK (criminal) – C (clubs)
14 LINKED went arm-in-arm: K (knight) in LINE (succession) + D (daughter)
18 COILED wound (past of wind): COLE (old king) D (died) receiving I (one)
20 BLINDAGE temporary screen: LINDA (girl) G (good) in BED – D (director)
22 CAPABLE qualified: AB (sailor) in PLACE*
23 LAMIGER cripple: A (accepted) MIG (fighter) in in LE (French the) R (resistence)
24 LESSONS tellings off: SON (boy) in LESS (fewer)
25 KEDGED warped: EDGE (crest) with DK< (dark) outside
26 TOFU cooking paste: in extracT OF Cooking
28 NOSEY inquisitive: [YE (the old) SON (disciple)]<
30 POLO dance: (l)OL(a) (Lola stripped) in PO (pole)
31 ALFA grass: A (accepted) + F (fellow) in LA (US city)
33 MOON show can (= buttocks, ie show bum): MO (tick) ON (over); a saucy little clue to finish!

3 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations 892: Johannes & Ferencz by Oxymoron”

  1. Chunter says:

    Hi Dave,

    The title refers to Brahms and Liszt, rhyming slang for ‘p*ss*d’.

  2. Dave Hennings says:

    Hi Chunter,
    Yes, I did suss it in the end, thanks to Google; the opening line just meant that I had no idea when I started what the title meant. I should have explained at the end, but I assumed everyone knew what B&L meant; for any foreign solvers I should have been more explicit, for which I apologise. It would be interesting to know how many people correctly interpreted the title from the word go … not that it would have helped that much.

  3. Chunter says:

    I’ m afraid (not having done the puzzle) that I just read your first sentence. A NY resolution – read entire post before replying to it!

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