Posted by Hihoba on July 21st, 2010
We were asked to find and rearrange eight unclued answers before entering them in the grid. I had ???MN?Y for one and A?ILR? for another quite quickly. This led inevitably to thoughts of GERMANY and BRAZIL and . . . World Cup football again. The unclued eight instantly suggested either the seven previous winners and the current one (which won’t be known until the day after the crossword comes out) or the eight quarter-finalists with one (the winner) to be highlighted.
How to treat them? Well the only letter left in common between BRAZIL and GERMANY (which crossed)was the R, and this suggested an alphabetical sort. The position in the grid was clearly significant from the rubric – so the quarter-finalists seemed to be the way to go.
The four across lights represented the matches ARGENTINA v GERMANY and PARAGUAY v HOLLAND which were in one half of the draw, entered as AAEGINNRT, AEGMNRY, AAAGPRUY, ADHLLNO (but Eddie red-carded for a serious foul!) respectively.
The down entries were the other half of the draw, being URUGUAY v GHANA and BRAZIL v SPAIN, entered as AGRUUUY, AAGHN, ABILRZ, AINPS
The red card was handed out to Eddie for failing to notice that N comes before O in the alphabet, not vice-versa! So HOLLAND appeared in the puzzle as AHDLLON instead of ADHLLNO. I hope other solvers were not too put off by this, in an otherwise well-constructed and very topical puzzle. I particularly liked the idea of having to wait until after the final before the solution could be sent in! But PLEASE no more football for a while!
The final between Holland and Spain has not yet happened at the time of writing – I’ll fill in the result after Sunday!
And it was SPAIN!
|1||SINATRA||old singer – [ISNTA]* + RA|
|5||PAMPAS||plain – MAP reversed + PAS (action), “to start” appear to be noise words|
|9||TERCIO||infantry – [TIRE CO]*|
|10||PALIO||race – PAL + I + O|
|11||PUDU||South American deer – UP reversed + DU(tch)|
|12||TAKE SILK||become a QC – TAKES + ILK|
|13||ISEULT||Gaelic girl’s name meaning fair – I’S + E + ULT|
|16||ESDRAS||book in the Apocrypha – hidden in makES DRAStic|
|19||X-RAY||photograph – YAR (Yemen) + X (kiss) reversed|
|21||SCARF||cravat – SCARF(ace)|
|23||WINDORE||Ancient word for window – WINE round ROD reversed|
|25||PIRANA||river fish – PA round IRAN|
|26||IMAM||leader of mosque – I + MA(n) +M(osque) with “leader of mosque” serving a double purpose.|
|27||MAIRI||Gaelic form of Mary – MAIR + I|
|28||DENSE||compact – DENS + (availabl)E|
|29||ESSENCIA||fine Tokay – ESSEN + CIA|
|1||SALPINX||ancient trumpet – SAX round LP (album) + IN (popular)|
|2||NEEDED||lacked – DEN round DEE all reversed|
|3||TICKLER FILE||a reminder – TRICKLE (drop) with the R to the bottom + [LIFE]*|
|4||ANOA||wild ox – A + NOA(h)|
|5||PROKER||may stir things up – POKER round R|
|6||MIASM||unhealthy atmosphere – hidden in acadeMIAS Machinations|
|7||PALINDROMIC||like BOB (reversible) – (Michael) PALIN + CID reversed round ROM|
|8||SMOKY||pub breaking the law – S(howing) + MY round OK|
|14||SARCODE||protein – SAR + COD + E(nergy)|
|15||ADAW||subdue (old poetry) – A + DAW|
|17||AGNAME||a name over and above the ordinary name, here Eddie the Eagle (and Eddie the Editor!) – [MANAGE]*|
|18||PYEMIA||a nasty disease – PYE (= pie in Chambers “type confusedly mixed (printing)”) + AIM reversed|
|20||URARI||source of poison – hidden in foUR ARIstocrats|
|21||SHAD||an anadromous (ascending rivers) fish – [DASH]*|
|22||FROE||a cutting tool – FOE round R. This makes the alphabetical order of HOLLAND incorrect!|
|24||DIAN||goddess – N + AID reversed|