Posted by nmsindy on February 23rd, 2010
You could not ask for much more from a puzzle than is in this one.
I found it quite difficult, solving time, 48 mins.
7/1 is POETS’ CORNER and the name of several poets appear in that corner of the grid. 5/13A is ARTIST QUARTER and several artists’ names appear in that quarter of the grid. 19/27 is WRITER’S BLOCK and the bottom half of the grid contains several names of writers.
* = anagram < = reversed
7/1 POETS’ CORNER (So precentor)* An obvious anagram that, when I saw the answer, made me wonder why I had not seen it sooner. Where poets (and other writers) are buried in Westminster Abbey
9 Eugene DELACROIX French painter “Of the cross” in French = de la croix. Marked this as one of my favourite clues in the puzzle.
10 END O GAMY Marrying within the tribe or group. Wordplay/definition splits at disreputable/practice disreputable = gamy (US usage originally I think)
11 THIRST S (son) moves in T-SHIRT
12 Matthew ARNOLD English poet. It was obvious from the start that 9 and 12 were both poets and anagrams of each other. But with the words intersecting, I found it extremely difficult and then thought of ARNOLD and anagrams of it.
14 (Thomas) GRAY English poet, best known for ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’. I think what Virgilius may have in mind here is that Thomas Hood is also a poet.
16 Charles READ E English novelist I found this quite tricky before seeing ‘enjoyed books’ = ‘read’
18 C.P. SNOW English novelist. Three parts to this – spots on TV, the novelist, and N in SOW (broadcast). Wrote ‘Corridors of Power’ which is as close as Virgilius comes to politics in this puzzle…
19 WRITER’S BLOCK (bowler’s trick)* Marked this down as another super clue with great misleading context of cricket and punning on ‘play’.
22 B R ONTE (tone)* One of the easier ones, Anne, Charlotte and Emily, C19 greats.
24 Robert GRAVES English writer. Cryptic definition.
25 Richard Brinsley SHERIDAN Irish writer Toyed with Rattigan here for ages. Think the general may be from the US Civil War.
26 Ernest HEMINGWAY US writer and Nobel Prize winner (Why enigma)*
2 ETHOLOGY Theology with the E moved so v similar to 11 across in structure.
3 Sir Peter L ELY British painter. This was my first answer after failing with all the acrosses on first run through.
4 MAN TRA art<
5 ARTIST (I start)* QUARTER (25-cent piece in US)
6 Camille PISSARRO French impressionist artist r in (Paris so)*
9 Walter LANDOR Guessed this as a possibility after finding ARNOLD, and confirmed he’s an English poet, who I must admit I’d not heard of.
13 QUADS Double definition, quadruplets and quadrangles
15 REWORDED (Order we’d)*
17 EMBLEM Hidden (heraldic device)
20 IN VA(1)N Another clue I marked as excellent where leaders are = in van
21 E N (final letters) SIGN
23 THAT CH
25 George Bernand S HAW