Posted by kenmac on January 8th, 2010
Is there a conspiracy? My turn to blog and there’s no magazine, again! Still, thanks to a fellow blogger, I appropriated a copy. Though I don’t feel I can submit my entry since it’s not on the original paper
Once again, the preamble made little sense at first but since there was no mention of extra letters or suchlike, it was on to the process of solving.
There are 20 one-word definition-only clues to 10 otherwise unclued entries, which we can ignore for the moment. The normal clues presented one or two challenges but all came well in the end. Once the normal clues were solved, it was on to the task of solving the thematics; we were told that there are two linked groups. It turns out that one group of words could be succeeded by BOX and the other group could be succeeded by DAY, further the “DAY” words had to be placed inside the “BOX” words. So, it seems that the BOX contained DAY, or to put it another way, the DAY words were BOXed in by the BOX words, leading to the two words BOXING DAY. The puzzle was published on Boxing Day (or St. Stephen’s Day as they say round here.) Also, I thought it was quite nice to see that the thematic entries were all symetrical.
I wasn’t entirely happy with this (capacity=cap=HAT??)
|1||JOSH||Double def: JOSHua
(book of bible)
|10||EBRO||Hidden word thE
EBRO is Spain’s most voluminous river – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebro.
|Def: type KE[a]+YIN
(Scottish for one.) I thought this was a great clue – very
(rival.) This isn’t in Chambers although several variations are
(mullah, moolah, mollah or molla.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moolvie
(the very thing)+A[ntique]
|23||SURE||Double def. SURE
is an old word for sewer.
(anag) containing YE+R(ector)
(what in Spanish)
|30||MEET||Double def. MEET means qualified
according to Billy Shakespeare.
(football association: British teams)
minus R (king)
(the Jack in the game of loo)+E-LA
(highest note in church music)
|8||ROEG||GORE (anag) Nicolas Roeg is a film
director I’ve never heard of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolas_Roeg
(scrounger) containing TOY
(plaything) (all reversed)
(anag) containing GEN
(medic) containing I
(anag.) DIOCESE is a city area. A nice confusing clue since DIOCESE is
also a SEE and also contains most of the letters of MEDIC.
(nursemaid) containing RUN
|20||ORIENT||def: EAST OT
(occupational therapy) containing RIEN
(of nothing in Paris)
(silence) containing A[gonise]