Posted by Hihoba on April 7th, 2010
I found this difficult to start, but easy to finish (the opposite of my last blog!). I spent hours finding my first three down answers and was feeling pretty despondent until I found that my first few across answers were one letter too long. I entered them without their last letter on a guess. I then discovered 30D to be D?AT?. The rubric had flagged a pretty obvious musical theme, so “DEATH and the MAIDEN” by FRANZ SCHUBERT appeared pretty easily (I played the string quartet with friends last week. The manuscript is pictured below.).
Schubert’s best-known symphony is the UNFINISHED – which explains why the across entries were – well unfinished!
Later, unclued GILLAROO and FINNAC were both names of trout and, as there were five other unclued entries, THE TROUT QUINTET (to be written below the grid) was completed by BULL, BROWN and HERLING.
Ba has suggested that the title “T” refers to the Unfinished being Schubert’s Eighth (symphony), and the eighth letter of Schubert is T. Pretty cunning I think!
I found it a very entertaining crossword, the theme being pretty easy for Schubert lovers, though maybe more challenging if classical music was not your thing.
As far as timing was concerned it took me hours to get my first three answers, but about an hour and a half to finish it from there.
Nutmeg has found some interesting words, and you always learn something. My main new piece of information is that CETE is a group of badgers and a SET or SETT is where they live!
I have given the full answer for each of the across answers. Grid entries omit the last letter in each case.
|1||TUSHING||Being derogatory: SHIN in TUG|
|5||FOLDABLE||Could collapse: OLD in FABLE|
|9||PLENARY||Complete: [PLANE]* + (disaste)R + (journe)Y|
|10||FIG-TREE||Fruit producer: FIG(H)T (heartless dispute – clever!)+ RE + E|
|11||AFORESAID||One already mentioned: Spoonerism of “A Sore Fed”|
|12||STONY||Obdurate: STORY with N for R|
|13||UNNEST||Cast out from home: [STUNNE(d)]*|
|14||ARKITE||Flood survivor: KIT in ERA reversed|
|15||LEAN-TO||Shed: (David) LEAN + TO|
|16||LONGEST||Odds – least likely: L + ON + [GETS]*|
|17||AORTA||Major carrier: AA round ORT|
|19||SEA-GIRT||Mid-ocean: SEAT round RIG reversed|
|21||CATAYAN||Shakesperean (traditional drama?) word for Chinese: CATALAN with Y replacing L|
|25||MELON||Popular starter: ME + L + ON|
|26||HADROME||Woody tissue: A(dvanced) D(ry) R(ot) in HOME|
|28||REALLY||Indeed! LA (note) reversed in RELY (bank)|
|30||DAPPLE||Spot: PP in DALE|
|31||FANBOY||A lover of comic books: FAN (blow) + YOB reversed|
|32||NAHAL||Israeli border settlement: A + HA in NL|
|33||MODEL||Ideal: M(odus) O(perandi) + DEL(ete key)|
|34||DECACHORD||Old instrument: DEC(K) + sounds like ACCORD|
|35||ALECOST||Plant: CO in [LEAST]*|
|36||RETHINK||Have fresh ideas: RE + THIN + (fol)K|
|37||LINE-OUTS||Episodes in play: LINES round OUT|
|38||THE AYES||Those favouring: AY in [THESE]*|
|1||TEABAGS||Cup entrants: TEA(M) + BAGS|
|2||UPFURLED||Rolled: UP (out of bed) + RU reversed in FLED|
|3||INERT||Sluggish: (L)INER + T|
|4||NASUTE||Discriminating: N & S round A + UTE|
|6||LIVE LOAD||Moving force: [LED VIOLA]*|
|7||AT THAT||Moreover: A(scot) + HAT round TT|
|8||LENGTH||Section: LENT (advanced – money) round G(erman) + H|
|22||TRANCHE||Block: RAN + C in THE|
|23||AT LARGE||Free: T + L after A + [GEAR]*|
|24||PRIMAL||First: PAL round RIM|
|27||AVOCET||Bird: OVA reversed + CET(E)|
|29||E COLI||Bacteria: LO in ICE all reversed|