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)|