Posted by Eileen on January 7th, 2010
I’ve been very fortunate today – one of my favourite setters, who did not disappoint, giving us a pleasant literary theme, that was not too dominant, with some deft interlinking and flawless cluing, including some impressive anagrams, several &lit. A most enjoyable puzzle – thank you, Brendan.
9 EXUBERANT: anagram of NATURE BE around X
10,21 CROSS CHANNEL: CROSS [bad-tempered] + CHANNEL [sound - as in Plymouth Sound]: the first of the works by Julian Barnes [2,4]
11 BLISS: cryptic definition: a reference to the Thomas Gray quotation: ‘…where ignorance is bliss, ‘Tis folly to be wise.’ The composer is Sir Arthur Bliss, Master of the Queen’s Music from 1953 to 1975.
12 NIELS BOHR: anagram of HIS NOBEL [honou]R : Danish winner of the Nobel prize for Physics in 1922, so &lit.
13 CANVASS: CANVAS [piece of art] + S[on]
14 ENGLAND: ‘this country’ [for some of us!] and 50% of ‘ENGLAND, ENGLAND’ [1998 novel by 2,4, and Man Booker Prize nomination]
17 MUFTI: double definition
19 BOA: I don’t know whether to call this a cryptic definition, since, for once, we’re looking for the literal, rather than the metaphorical meaning.
20,26 [The] LEMON TABLE: a 2004 collection of stories by 2,4 and anagram of NOBLE METAL
22 ABETTER: A + BETTER
24 LIBELLOUS: anagram of I’LL BE + [by] LOUS[e]
28 VERNE: hidden [repeatedly] in loVER NEVER NEglected
29 ARECA PALM: CAP in A REALM
1 VERB: VER[y] B[ook]
2 JULIAN: Julian the Apostate, Roman emperor [331-363] and adjective relating to Julius Caesar [100-44 BC], as in Julian calendar
3 PERSUASION: anagram of USE A PRISON :[book by 22dn]
4 BARNES: B[ritish] ARNE [Thomas 1710-1778 - composer of 'Rule Britannia'] ‘S: Barnes is a village on the Thames
5 ET CETERA: ‘way to shorten list briefly': ‘Love etc’ is a 2000 novel by 2,4.
6 ACTS: double definition
7 DO NO HARM: anagram &lit. of HARD ON MO: also known as ‘primum non nocere’, the precept that reminds physicians of the possible harm of intervention.
8 TSAR: hidden in measuremenTS ARguably
13 COMIC: cryptic definition – reference to stand-up comedian
15 GILBERTIAN: anagram of LIBERATING: reference to W.S Gilbert, who wrote the lyrics for the Savoy Operas. Some of us might call this &lit.
18 FLAUBERT: anagram &lit of BE ARTFUL: ‘Flaubert’s parrot’ is the 1984 novel by 2,4, also nominated for the Man Booker Prize. This is a very clever clue, with its double meaning of ‘in novel form’.
19 BALMORAL: BAL [French dance] MORAL [lesson]
22 AUSTEN [Jane]: as far as I can see, this is a straight definition: she influenced Julian Barnes and wrote ‘Persuasion’ and ‘Emma’. Am I missing some wordplay?
23 TABLAS: AB [sailor] in reverse of SALT [sailor]: a new word for me: a tabla is an Indian musical instrument consisting of a pair of drums.
24 LOVE: cryptic and double definition: to court as in to woo and the zero tennis score
25 LIED: German song, homophone of ‘lead’
27 EMMA: the eponymous heroine of Gustave Flaubert’s ‘Madame Bovary’ and of Jane Austen’s novel: another straightforward [double] definition?