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Enigmatic Variations 906: Recognition by Kruger

Posted by Dave Hennings on March 27th, 2010

Dave Hennings.

Kruger has been setting EV puzzles for over ten years, with a puzzle every four or five months, and the occasional Inquisitor for good measure. I have always found his crosswords fair, but quite taxing, and covering a wide range of themes. This puzzle proved fairly tough, especially my last clue, 3dn! This necessitated a correction in the following week’s paper.

The original clue “Teacher keeps family nurse (6)” led to SISTER [STE(M) in SIR, with the (M) being the extra letter in the wordplay]. This needed to be entered in jumbled form, but I had T.T..R as three definite letters. I, and many others probably, didn’t consider that the clue was to the wrong word, and it would be interesting to know how the mistake crept in. The correct clue was “Model teacher embraces abstainer and me (6)“.

The extra letters in the subsidiary indications spelt out words from The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark: “One’s prime is elusive. You … must be on the alert.” Consequently, entries for clue numbers which are prime were entered in jumbled form.

Listener 4026 Elitism by Zero also used Miss Jean Brodie as a theme, and great fun that one was.

Solving time: about 3½ hours (plus ages trying to resolve the original 3dn clue). My EV solving times seem to have been creeping up recently!

Legend:
ABC* = anagram
ABC< = reversal
abCDef = hidden
X = extra letters in wordplay

ACROSS
1 O POLITBURO committee: POLIT(E) (mostly refned) + BUROO (office in Ireland dispensing Jobseeker’s Allowance)
7 TOSS
entered as
OSTS
throw up: SOTS*
11 N RIALS
ARILS
coins: URINALS (sanitary fittings) – U (acceptable)
13 E TINKER
NKRITE
bungler: INK (coloured liquid) in TEER (plaster)
15 S ATAP palm: PASTA*; is it possible that this was originally ASAP fitting with SISTER at 3dn?
16 ULNARE bone: U (university) + L (lecturer) + NA (not available) + R (take) + E (skelEton’s fifth)
17 P TIMETABLE
MAETIBLTE
plan: MIT< (German for ‘with’) + PET (Peter, abbr for Letters of Peter in the bible) + ABLE (clever)
18 R ETNA vessel: ETA (menial worker in Japan) capturing R (royal) N (navy); I suspect this should have been RN as I don’t think that the extra letter in the wordplay should refer to a complete element of the wordplay (if you see what I mean, and that’s just my opinion!)
19 I PAPERBOY
BEPARPYO
Express (as in the Daily Express) deliverer: PER (person) BIO (life story) in PA (past) Y (year)
20 M NAGARI Hindi script: MAG (short magazine) in IRAN< (country)
23 E NEAR
AERN
stingy: RANEE*
25 I NON-INVASIVE not penetrating: N (nationalist) + (NAIVE VISION)*
28 CYST membrane: in pregnanCY STretched
30 S LUNULA gold ornament: [(U)NUSUALL(Y)]*
32 E UPROOTAL destruction: PERU* + O (nothing) + TOTAL (complete) – T (time, initially referring to the first T)
34 L LAER like-minded people drawn together: LLA< + ER (centre of ibERia)
37 U LANCASTER
TASERALNC
house: LA (Louisiana) N (new) CUSTER (Indian fighter) taking possession of A
38 S ALBION Great Britain: A (Australian) + L (last to kilL) + BISON (European wild ox)
39 I SAUT Scottish wit: A (absent) in UIST*
40 ALONSO F1 driver: in riOS NO LAter<
41 V HOUSE
OUHSE
inn: US (American) in HOVE (south coast resort)
42 E SUED legally claimed: SUEDE (leather)
43 Y TREATMENT
ETREMTATN
management: TREATY (formal agreement) + MEN (workers) + T (balloT finally)
DOWN
1 O PAYMENT punishment: PAY (smear) + ME (Kruger, the setter) + NOT
2 U ALIEN
LIAEN
foreign: LIEU (place) in AN (Angola)
3 M SITTER
TSTIER
model: SIR (teacher) embracing TT (abstainer) ME
4 BLABBING 2 meanings: revealing secret & swelling
5 U LINE-UP
UNPLEI
queue: [LEU IN PUB - B (British)]*; I’m not sure about the anagram indicator in this clue (“Queue and use leu in pub (not British!)”)
6 S ORLEANS fabric: [REASONS L (Lambert)]*
8 T STAR attract attention: START (beginning)
9 TERRY 2 meanings: little boy & nappy
10 B STEP ON crush: (STOP BEN)*
12 E RHATANY plant: EARTH* + ANY (some)
14 O INGRAIN dye: INGO (reveal, Scottish) + RAIN (water)
21 N ANTONIO trader in Venice: (R)ANT (angry tirade, not starting) + ONION
22 T MALLEATE hammer: MATE (plumber’s assistant) keeping TALL E (electronic)
24 RELENTS softens: [SCRAP + RN (iRoN evenly)]*
26 H ISOTONE nuclide: IS + HOT (dangerously charged) + ONE
27 MARCHEN story: MEN (soldiers) take in ARCH (cunning)
28 E CUBANS residents of Guantanamo possibly: CUE (signal) + BAN (curse) + S (special)
29 A ACROSS
CASSOR
this clue isn’t (ie it’s a down one): ACRO- (denoting tip) + ASS (idiot)
31 L QUORUM
UQRUOM
those required to do business: QU (question) + OUR* + LM (Lord Mayor)
33 E PILAU dish: PILE (coins arranged vertically) + AU (gold)
35 R ALOHA greetings: AL (Albania) + OR + H (Hungary) + A (Austria)
36 T ABLE havinf enough strength: TABLE (board)

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