Posted by nmsindy on March 17th, 2010
A special puzzle on the Irish national day, St Patrick’s Day, by Virgilius who hails from there. Impressive that so much thematic material was packed into clues and answers. Great stuff as always from the master.
Not too difficult at all, solving time 10 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
8 POTAT(I)O N Murphy = potato
9 REAGAN (anger a)* In the definition here Republican refers to the US party of which Ronald Reagan, US president, 1981-1989, was a member. He has ancestral roots in Ballyporeen, County Tipperary.
10 RED (ruddy) RUM (unusual) National here refers to the Grand National which this horse famously won 3 times in the 1970s.
11 RECITAL (Clare it)* Clare is a Irish county.
12 QUIN ie one of quintuplets “Quinn” Very common Irish name eg former international footballer, Niall Quinn, now Chairman of Sunderland AFC.
13 JAMES JOYCE Irish author of Ulysses etc Henry JAMES (US writer) and JOYCE (girl’s name – common in Ireland).
15 BE (L) FAST L in ‘be fast’
17 S (AIN’T) LY
19 COUNT Y “why” MAYO(r) Irish county
22 ERI N ire< poetic name for Ireland
23 FREEDOM (Formed E)* Éire = Ireland (in the Irish ie Gaelic language), generally now refers to the Republic of Ireland ie the 26 counties. “Éire” appears on Irish postage stamps as official priority is given to the Irish language though the word will not be heard in normal conversation there (in English).
25 A L M O ST (saint) Definition = approaching
26 ALWAYS Galway’s less the initial G
27 GREEN TEA (Teenager)* Clue of the puzzle. Laugh-out-loud.
1 HOME RULE Historically this was sought from about 1870 to 1920, superseded by the establishment of the Irish Free State (1922). It did apply in NI though as it happened.
2 PAT RON Ireland’s Patron Saint
3 HIS MAJESTY Hidden
4 ANT RIM Irish County (in NI)
5 ERIC A fine paid by a murderer to a family of his victim (old Irish law). A word seen often in ‘advanced’ puzzles, I guess as it is grid-friendly. Think it also refers to the C10 Viking explorer who explored Greenland and founded Norse colonies there.
6 CAST (group of players) DOWN (NI county)
7 GAELIC “Gallic” Irish language – other versions exist too eg Scots Gaelic
14 SEÁN O CASEY a in (essay once)* Irish playwright, wrote Juno and the Paycock etc
16 FINN EG AN This refers to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.
18 LEINSTER (listener)* Irish quarter = one of the four Irish provinces
20 OFF A L plaY Another Irish county
21 ARMAGH (Graham)* … and another (in NI)
22ÉAMONN (no name)* Common Irish name, best known possibly the late TV and radio personality Éamonn Andrews – This is your Life etc
24 DISC hidden