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Enigmatic Variations 918: Motorworks by Piccadilly

Posted by Dave Hennings on June 19th, 2010

Dave Hennings.

Well, it seems that I’m the blogger that gets saddled with all the EVs involving jumbled entries! There are twenty extra words in clues to be discovered, paired and jumbled to form the unclued entries and an (presumably the) author. The remaining sixteen answers are to be jumbled.

I found this fairly slow-going, mainly because my head was swimming with a heavy cold, probably picked up on an easyjet flight back from Mallorca. Luckily, most of the clues were fairly straightforward, although I got the unclued entries TYNE COAL, FIREWOOD and IRONWARE without twigging the theme. It was only when I got COASTER that my primary school poetry came flooding back. The unclued entries were all keywords from the third verse of John Masefield’s Cargoes, written in 1902:

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig lead,
Firewood, ironware, and cheap tin trays.

How this contrasts with the first two verses: exotic woods, creatures and wine from the Middle East, and precious stones, spices and gold coins from the tropics. At least it’s fairly sunny, albeit windy, as I write this blog.

So, the extra words:

DRY (37ac) + IT (36dn) = DIRTY (27dn)
THIS (15ac) + RIB (10dn) = BRITISH (16ac)
ROSE (25ac) + ACT (31ac) = COASTER (33ac)
ONLY (11ac) + CATE (32dn) = TYNE COAL (5ac)
RADAR (24dn) + LOIS (29dn) = ROAD-RAILS (18dn)
IDLE (8dn) + GAP (30dn) = PIG LEAD (19ac)
DOOR (4ac) + WIFE (1dn) = FIREWOOD (39ac)
OWNER (1ac) + AIR (28dn) = IRONWARE (21dn)
TAPESTRY (17ac) + CHINA (5dn) = CHEAP TIN TRAYS (22ac)

If you look online, there seem to be variations on the hyphenation of some of these words, but the version used here corresponds to what is given in the ODQ.

The final two extra words reveal: SEA (20ac) + FILMED (34ac) = MASEFIELD, and is highlighted in the third row of the grid. Finally, the title can be read as MOTOR WORKS, ie CAR GOES.

Solving time: a bit slow on this one, probably 2½+ hours, with lots of dips in and out between tissues and Daynurse! Nonetheless a really enjoyable puzzle, with reminiscences of a childhood long gone.

Legend:
ABC* = anagram
ABC< = reversal
abCDef = hidden
XYZ = extra words

ACROSS
1 DROIL OWNER drudge formerly: in hyDRO ILl-treated
5 TYNE COAL thematic: jumble of ONLY (11ac) and CATE (32dn)
11 ESCHEW ONLY abstain from: W (Whiskey) after CHEESE* – E (end of saucE)
12 SAVAGES
entered as
SASEGVA
enraged horses: (GAVE ASS)*
14 ALLIED
IELDLA
joined: ALL (everyone) + InEeD (I nEeD regularly)
15 OBERON THIS king: OBE (honour) + R (king) + O (old) + N (Norse)
16 BRITISH thematic: jumble of THIS (15ac) and RIB (10dn)
17 TRITE TAPESTRY worn-out: [PRETTILY - PLY (strand)]*; I think split strand might make it a better clue, but it was totally solvable as it stood
19 PIG LEAD thematic: jumble of IDLE (8dn) and GAP (30dn)
20 FIORD SEA rock-bound inlet: I (one) in FORD (to wade across)
22 CHEAP TIN TRAYS thematic: jumble of TAPESTRY (17ac) and CHINA (5dn)
25 DETER ROSE prevent: DEER (cervid) eating T (top of Tree)
26 COODLED
CDLDODE
cooked eggs: COD (fish) + D (tip from Delia) + LED (showed the way)
31 ENROL ACT record: initials of Each Novelty Recording On List
33 COASTER thematic: jumble of ROSE (25ac) and ACT (31ac)
34 COWARD FILMED Noel perhaps: CARD (comical person) embracing O (old) W (woman)
35 STROKE
ESROTK
that’s a blow: [ROCKETS - C (Cuba)]*
37 ESTUARY DRY part of river: (TAY URE’S)*
38 LARDER
EARLDR
food-store: LA (the, French) + R (start to Ransack) + DER (the, German)
39 FIREWOOD thematic: jumble of DOOR (4ac) and WIFE (1dn)
40 PESTS DOOR troublesome people: STEPS*
DOWN
1 DEMOTIC WIFE popular: (MEDOC IT)*
2 SOCIETIES
entered as
OCSEIIETS
corporate bodies: SO (special order) + CIE (company, French abbreviation) + TIES (bonds)
3 HERITAGE
IHERTGAE
children of God: HERMITAGE (secluded abode) – M (leader of Monks)
4 ELF
LEF
mischievous child: SELF (personality) – S (beginning to Show)
5 TWINGE CHINA pinch: in lefT-WING Embassy
6 NORLAND
NALRODN
coming from Yorkshire, perhaps: (LORN AND)*
7 WIDES
ESDIW
penalty runs: (W INDIES – IN<)
8 CELTS IDLE 2 meanings: prehistoric implements & people from Wales, maybe
9 TRAVESTY
AVTSTRYE
disguise: TRY (attempt) including A VEST (waistcoat, US)
10 LASHED RIB used a whip: (HELD AS)*
12 BEARS
SEBRA
carries: E (last of alE) in BARS (public houses)
13 BAR
ABR
2 meanings: the legal profession & joke, in Scotland
18 ROAD-RAILS thematic: jumble of RADAR (24dn) and LOIS (29dn)
19 PESHITTO
PHETOTSI
translation of Bible: THEIST* in PO (post offive)
21 IRONWARE thematic: jumble of OWNER (1ac) and AIR (21dn)
23 CHEROOT
TCHEORO
cigar: HERO (brave man) in COT (bed)
24 SOLDERS RADAR patches up: OLDER (more antiquated) in SS (ship)
25 FACADE
DACAEF
front of building: [D (beginning to Decorate) A CAFE]*
27 DIRTY thematic: jumble of DRY (37ac) and IT (36dn)
28 LACKED AIR needed: C (caught) in LAKE (expanse of water) + D (beginning to Drown)
29 ISSUE LOIS to come out: IS + SUE (girl)
30 STRAW GAP something to drink through: [HOGWART'S (Potter's academy) - HOG (greedy person)]<
32 ORB CATE globe: B (Blanchett’s heading) after OR (gold)
36 TAP IT 2 meanings: source of water & knock gently

One Response to “Enigmatic Variations 918: Motorworks by Piccadilly”

  1. Jake says:

    Thanks Dave,

    Sorry there isn’t any thank you’s so ‘thank-you’ for posting answers. I did do this puzzle but the PDM dropped rather quick, and a flash look in the ODQ6 allowed me to find where the thematic part lived in the grid. After the PDM and entries in place I found it to be a bit of a laborious task to go over what I already knew – So I started the Listener.

    A great crossword tough, it could have been bettered somewhat I think. PDM made it too easy, then ‘oh, now I have to dig out what I have already found’.

    May be just me, from doing the crossword back to front?

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