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Inquisitor 1139 – One Quarter by Schadenfreude

Posted by Hihoba on August 25th, 2010


We were aked to identify a quotation round the perimeter which denied the existence of three unclued entries. Its source was indicated in the grid – clearly involving the barred off central square.

Unusually I was able to get a good start in the top left hand corner, and ENTERATE, BLUDE and ANNE led to one of the unclued entries being ??TU?N – Saturn or Autumn sprang immediately to mind.

The start of the quotation contained . . NGL . . and a guess at the start being “The English”, meant that a second of the unclued entries began with S. NEEDLES at 22A indicated that the third also began with S and TILLER at 13A gave S??I?? for one of them. I decided to enter SPRING, SUMMER and AUTUMN as the three unclued, leaving WINTER.

As 7D (WALL) began with W, I decided to look up “The English Winter” in the quotations book and there was “The English winter—ending in July, To recommence in August.” which fitted both the clue in the rubric and the space in the perimeter. It is from DON JUAN by Byron, and the J of Juan went in the central barred off square. The highlighted title is diagonal from R4C4.

Spotting the theme early really does help an enormous amount, and I finished in about an hour and a half. Writing this blog took the same again!!

It was necessary to refer to the dictionary pretty frequently for unknown words (IKAT and K(h)AT in 6D for example), but all the clues worked for me. Considering the current wet and cold snap, a topical crossword  from Schadenfreude!

In the table below, I have put (Ch) by meanings that are confirmed almost word for word in Chambers.

 9  TONE  Vocal Expression (Ch) – T(enor) +ONE
 10  PLANT  A slip (Ch) – PANT (long, as in “As pant’s the hart”) round L(ecturer)
 11  STEWARD  Ship’s officer – [WATERS D]*
 12  UREDINE  Plant rust (Ch) – U(niform) + RED + IN + E 
 13  TILLER  Double meaning – sapling (Ch) and cultivator
 14  GARBOARD  Ship’s planks (Ch) – G(erman + (L)ARBOARD (port or left on ship)
 17  SITE  Situation – sounds like SIGHT
 18  SAGAMAN  Story-teller – GAS reversed + A + MAN (male sexual partner Ch)
 21  RIBALD  Mean (Ch) – RIB + A L(or)D
 22  NEEDLES  Threads (Ch) – NEED LES(S)
 26  ISLE  Corsica perhaps – IS + LE
 28  SUMATRAN  From Indonesia – SUM (whole) + A + T(ons) + RAN (smuggled)
 29  ECARTE  Game – TRACE reversed+ E(cho)
 32  MORNING  Dawn – MO (Maureen) + R(ex) + N(ew) + IN + G(overnment)
 34  WHIMSEY  Capricious (whimsey is usually a noun, but can be an adjective) – H in (Lord Peter) WIMSEY
 35  NAOMI  Campbell perhaps – MOAN reversed + I(n)
 36  NAAN  Bread – AN reversed + A + N
 1  HOORAY  Approving shout – O(ver) + O(ther) R(anks) in HAY (dance)
 2  ENTERATE  With a digestive tract – E(nrolled) N(urse) + [TREAT]* + E(arl)
 3  NOTION  Fancy (Ch) – N(ew) + MOTION minus M(ember) 
 4 GWEN   Girl – GEN round W(elsh)
 5  LOWERS  Double meaning, glares and reduces.
 6  IKAT  A technique for colouring yarn (Ch) – I(n) + KAT (or khat in Ch – tea leaves)
 7  WALL  Defence – W(eak) + ALL
 8  INLET  A piece inserted (Ch) – IN + LET
 15  BLUDE  Scottish blood – BUDE round L
 16  ANNE  Princess – ANN (Ch annat – half-year’s stipend paid to Scottish minister’s widow) + E
 17  SABOT  Footwear – SAT round BO
 19  ARUM  Lily – A + RUM
 20  MADRIGAL  A song – MAD + [A GIRL]*
 23  LITHIC  From stone – LIT + HIC
 24  PARENT  Pop – [ART PEN]*
 25  LANDAU  Carriage – LAND + AU
 27  SCRAM  Hence! – S + CRAM
 30  ATOM  Something very small – A + MOT reversed
 31  EIRE  Country – ER + IE all reversed
 33  OSLO  Capital – O’S + L + O(f)

4 Responses to “Inquisitor 1139 – One Quarter by Schadenfreude”

  1. HolyGhost says:

    Since I was flying to Shanghai the day after this puzzle came out, I thought I’d leave it for the long journey – with no dictionary & no Google. Having settled into my seat, I started solving what turned out to be a remarkably easy puzzle, and finished (apart from I_AT at 6d) just as we were preparing for a slightly delayed take-off … somewhat disappointed, as we still had 11 hours to go!

  2. Mike Laws says:

    I first came across the quotation in Aug 1975. It was in Azed 178, a Letters Latent competition puzzle, word to be clued A(U)G(U)ST.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Enjoyed this one – didn’t find it too hard at all, though was perhaps greatly helped by the quotation having appeared as a (very) long anagram in a Quixote puzzle a few weeks previous.

  4. Duncan Shiell says:

    I thought this was probably the easiest Schadenfreude puzzle I have ever done. Very enjoyable none the less. Like Hihoba, it was England or English that was the key to unlocking the quotation and then Spring, Summar and Autumn fell very quickly.

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