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Enigmatic Variations 897 Iffy by Salamanca

Posted by Colin Blackburn on January 23rd, 2010

Colin Blackburn.

The first few answers I got were an across answer that was normal and 4dn for which I though STOP was a satisfactory answer. So it took a few minutes to work out what was going on. Seeing that KEEMA fitted 35dn and checking ESTOP in Chambers soon confirmed a possible un-preambled method for entering down answers. It was then a matter of solving more across clues to find some misquote emerging. So there was no last second penny-drop but there was an enjoyable well-clued puzzle to entertain for an hour or so.

The misquotation, taking in the top-left to bottom-right diagonal is:

(IF) YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD WHEN ALL THE DOWNS ARE LOSING THEIRS

The title of the puzzle hinting at the missing word and the source of the original quotation.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to comment on each clue in detail, though I’ll be happy to respond to any comments.

(XY Z)* anagram
X[Y]Z insertion
X[y]Z deletion
ZYX< reversal
uvwXY Zabc hidden answer
X.Y.Z. initial letter or letters
.X.Y.Z final letter or letters or odd letters

Across
1 KARYOSOME (A SMOKER)*
6 COUCHEE COHE[r]E
10 REITERANCE REITER CE
11 EWHOW WOE<
14 TAUNTERS (TRUANTS E)*
15 KELP KELP[y]
16 ABIOSIS A BIO SIS
18 STEEN SET*
20 LYRICALLY CYRIL* L.Y.
23 COLTSFOOT COS FOOT
25 ATHEIST stATISTician
27 OUTDOOR O TOUR*
28 FULL-BLOWN (FOUL L[i]B[e]L)*
29 KOMISSARS K.O. MIS[e]RS
31 SIREN dd SIN
32 TRILOBATE TRI[B.A.]TE
34 HEMS IN HEM[a]N
37 PARABEMA PAR[ABE]MA
39 ANGER .A.E.R
40 LENGTHSMAN G[i]LES* MAN I can’t see where the N comes from here.
41 REISSUE (SURE S)*
42 REHEARSED RE[HE A]ED
Down
1 SKRIK KIRK<
2 ORIEL dd RIEL
3 ESTOP POTS<
4 POETRY OE TRY
5 BECUBITUS CUB in SUITE*
6 SCENICAL A in LICENC[e]*
7 NOTT dd OTT Over The Top
8 CHEESY (EH YES)*
9 NEWS .E.W.S
12 NORI OR I
13 ACETOUS ETC* O US
17 ASHTON SH TON Sir Frederick Ashton, choreographer.
18 ESCORT SCO[R]T
19 BEST dd EST
21 PROFITEER (TO FIRE)* .ER
22 DISLIMN I[SLIM]N
24 FORMABLE (BE MORAL)*
26 XIBS dd IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome
29 SKIRRS KIR RS
30 CREAGH AG in HER<
33 BRAE EAR< not sure about ‘falls down’ as a reversal indicator.
34 CHOSE dd HOSE
35 KEEMA ME[d]EA*
36 ON-END N END
37 SPAR dd PAR
38 TABU ABU[na]

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