Posted by nmsindy on July 23rd, 2010
A special puzzle to mark a special day as Nimrod and Jetdoc marry. A puzzle that nmsindy found extremely hard with a massive anagram, eventually after about 2 hours had to confess defeat on that and on some other clues. Did get fairly far with it but could not crack the SE corner and even with quite a few letters could not see the long entry tho MARRIED looked part of it all right. Many thanks to Gaufrid for explaining those ones I missed.
And congrats once again and best wishes to the couple who nmsindy has had the pleasure of meeting at crossword events.
* = anagram
1 STOMACHACHE STOMA (opening) CHA CH(a) bridE
9 Teather ERROR Jetdoc is of course Jane Teather
10 DIALYSIS One of those v hard ones with 3 intersected by the quote but I got it in the end LAID (reversed) Y (year) SIS (girl)
11 ATTITUDE V amusing clue T (time) in AT IT (DUE)*
12 SCHLEP S (son) (CHAPEL)* less A (one)
13 NORDIC Another tough one with just one letter not checked by the long entry. Even letters of bRiDe in (ICON)*
14 ERECTION (erotic)* in EN ie deny without its first and last letters
16 LIFEBELT (w = with)IFE BEL(l) in LT (London Transport) with the definition ‘saver’
18 GYRATE (TRY AGE)*
19 BANTAM 17D is “THE RING” so this refers to a boxing weight. A NT (book – New Testament) in BAM from WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM ie congress, another fun clue.
21 EXEGESES EG (for example) E (initially evident) in (SEXES)*
22 MATA HARI Another clue I liked a lot. Dancer, spy, executed in WWI. Nice husband = MARI (French ie from Nice) around A HAT (reversed) ie pork pie (hat), say.
23 TOWNIE OWN (to have) in TIE (knot)
24 FINGER BOWLS OWL in (FERNS BIG)* owl comes from the thematic quote
2/5/3/7/8 The central answer, an anagram of the first 63 letters in the clue, I spent a long time trying to tease it out but could not quite get there. THEY TOOK IT AWAY AND WERE MARRIED NEXT DAY BY THE TURKEY WHO LIVES ON THE HILL. With the benefit of hindsight nmsindy’s failure to get this was that it was a quote totally unfamiliar to him, but he may be quite unusual in this. He finds it’s from the Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear which, while he’d heard of the title, did not know anything about it or who wrote it.
4 CARBUNCLE BRAC(e) reversed UNCLE
6 HEADS NAHT is a head teachers’ associati0n. ‘Pre-match’ call was very good because it suggests a wedding though what it actually means is the toss at the start of a (football or other) match, I think.
15 EGGBEATER EG (perhaps) G GROOM less ROOM and “B-TIER”
17 THE RING Love-starved other = (o)THER (box)ING = half boxing
20 MIAMI I AM in M1 (motorway)