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Enigmatic Variations No. 893 – A Chore by Mynot

Posted by Gaufrid on December 31st, 2009

Gaufrid.

There were quite a few easy, or relatively easy, clues in this puzzle so I had 90% of the grid (excluding the perimeter) filled in very quickly. It was then time to look at the unclued thematic entries referred to in the preamble.

With AP_OEA, 20a could only be APNOEA. From this, and the ‘nap’ linked in 13d, S_EE_  at 18a had to be SLEEP. The checked letters in 30a and 8d could only lead to the answers indicated below and it became clear that there was a macabre theme of ‘death’.

The preamble provided the very helpful hint that “….. finding it (the quotation) might be A CHORE”. An obvious anagram of ‘a chore’ is Horace so it was then just a case of reading the relevant entries in ODQ to find one relating to ‘death’. The perimeter read:

PALLIDA MORS AEQUO PULSAT PEDE PAUPERUM TABERNAS REGUMQUE  TURRIS

which translate as “Pale Death breaks into the cottages of the poor as into the castles of kings”.

The unclued thematic entries were:
18a SLEEP – a euphemism for ‘death’
20a APNOEA – a cessation of breathing
30a MEMENTO MORI – translates as ‘remember you must die’
8d ALL MEN ARE EQUAL – we are all the same when we are dead

A pleasant solve despite the theme and I also enjoyed reading some of the other quotations by Horace.

Across
11 SPA SPA[in] (not popular {in} in Spain)
14 PERI PER (for each) I (one)
16 DUO DUO[mi] (cathedrals without note)
17 NEST *(SENT)
18 SLEEP – thematic
19 RAGA RAG (scrap of cloth) A (American)
20 APNOEA – thematic
21 NUPE UP in NE
22 TRA-LA *(ALTAR)
23 EDEL LED (guided) E (European) reversed
24 UTOPIAN U (upper-class) TOP (most important) IAN (Scot)
25 NARNIA *(IRAN[i]AN)
27 TARROCK TAR (sticky stuff) ROCK (reef)
29 ASHTANGA ASH (ligature) TANGA (pair of briefs)
30 MEMENTO MORI – thematic
33  UNTHRONE *(ON THE RUN)
35 RATE-CAP PACE (speed) TAR (sailor) reversed
37 ENESCO *(SCENE) O[edipus]
38 DIVERSE DIVERS (loons) E[migrate]
40 MAIN dd
42  MASHY SH (quiet) in MAY (girl)
44 AQUA A QU (queen) A (one)
46 CENDRE END (consequence) in C[a]RE
48 UNDE UNDE[rlining]
49 GRAIP A in GRIP (stage hand)
50 MORA MO[i]RA (fate when one’s left)
51 EAR EAR[l] (peer gets rid of his last)
52 TOCO TO CO[me]
53 LEA *(ALE)

Down
1 LANGUOR O (nothing) in LANGUR (monkey)
2 IDEA hidden in ‘solID EArth’
3 DISPLACE DIS (hell) P (power) LACE (beat)
4 APT A PT (form of exercise)
5 MEMORIA TECHNICA *(A MACHINE TO CRIME)
6 ORLEANS dd
7 RIVAL V (see) in RIAL (money)
8 ALL MEN ARE EQUAL – thematic
9 EDEN E (English) DEN (study)
10 QUEUE homophone of ‘cue’ (rod)
12 PLANT P (soft) LANT (fish)
13 INAPPREHENSION I (one) NAP (short 18) HER (that girl) in PENSION (continental boarding house)
15 ESPARTO *(TO SPARE)
26 AGRA AG[o]RA (11 once missing from assembly) – O was the Roman numeral for 11
28 ACNE A C[ra]NE (bird guns missed)
31 MRS MOPP RSM (NCO) OP (work) in MP (army policeman)
32 MAILROOM *(MALI) MOOR (heath) reversed
34 NOSE JOB Spoonerism of ‘Joe’s nob’
36 CRUNKLE CRUNK (American intoxicated) [a]LE (beer without a head)
39 SADHE SAD (unhappy) HE (cardinal)
41 ARRAS ARRA[y]S (with no end of artistry arranges)
43 ACUTE A CUT (canal) E[vaporate]
45 MARA MAR (injure) A
47 ERHU hidden in ‘lowER HUm’
50 MOT dd

One Response to “Enigmatic Variations No. 893 – A Chore by Mynot”

  1. Mike Laws says:

    The quotation is also in the Chambers appendix of phrases from other languages.

    I’m afraid I found this a very boring puzzle.

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