Posted by Simon Harris on June 8th, 2010
One of my favourite ever crosswords that I’ve had the pleasure of blogging was Radian’s classical music-themed Saturday prize puzzle 7,148, back in September. So I was very pleased to find that today we have another, this time themed around works the of 9ac and 26ac.
This was an excellent puzzle, and a thorough workout that wouldn’t have been out of place on a Saturday. I suspect those without a great deal of knowledge, or at least interest, in the subject might have found this hard going. I’m certainly no expert, but given enough time this was a satisfying solve.
The seemingly non-thematic 17ac is a standout clue, and is perhaps one the finest I can remember having blogged.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|8||ROMANTIC – T[ransmissions] in MARCONI*.|
|9||CHOPIN – CH + OP + IN.|
|10||STUD – STUD[y].|
|11||DIPLODOCUS – (COULD IPODS)*.|
|12||WRISTS – S[qualid] in WRITS.|
|14||RADIANTS – RADIAN + T[e]S[t].|
|15||REQUIEM – QUIE[t] in REM.|
|17||ODYSSEY – ([ul]YSS[es] in ODE) + [tro]Y &lit. For posterity, the clue was
Poem about Ulysses essentially at end of Troy.
|20||BLUEFISH – (IF + E)< in BLUSH.|
|22||GOSPEL – SP in LEGO*.|
|23||DETERRENCE – DE + hom. of “Terence”.|
|24||BUSK – S in (B + UK).|
|25||REJOIN – OJ< (Simpson) in REIN.|
|26||SCHUMANN – SUCH* + MA + N &lit.|
|1||NOCTURNE – NO + (TURN in CE). A a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. Twenty-one of the most highly-regarded of such pieces were written by Chopin.|
|2||SAND – dd. Novelist George Sand, lover of Chopin from 1837-47.|
|3||ETUDES – I’m afraid I haven’t quite nailed the wordplay here yet.|
|4||SCEPTRE – (T[he] CREEPS)*.|
|5||ACCORDED – [b]AC[h] + CREDO* + [sa]D.|
|6||POLONAISES – (PIANO LESSO[n])*. A slow waltz in the Polish style, some of the best-known examples having been composed by Chopin.|
|7||MINUET – from lowering the T in MINUTE, as in The Minute Waltz.|
|13||SQUEEZE-BOX – SQUEEZE + B[oy] + O + X.|
|16||EMIGRANT – G in (TIME RAN)*. I wonder if this is serendipity: Chopin was famously a Polish emigrant himself.|
|18||EVENSONG – [st]EVENSON G[rudgingly].|
|19||RHENISH – (HE + SIN<) in RH, and Schumann’s third symphony.|
|21||LIEDER – hom. of “leader”, the principal violin in an orchestra.|
|22||GOETHE – (E HE GOT)*. Schumann appears to have set quite some number of Goethe’s words to music, perhaps most notably Faust.|
|24||BUMF – [Lieder-Al]BUM F[ür die Jugend].|