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Inquisitor 1143 – Chill-Out by Charybdis

Posted by duncanshiell on September 22nd, 2010

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We were told that single extra letters in each clue’s wordplay spell out a quotation and its author.  Three illustrative examples (4), 36(8) and 40(8) are basic; three (9), (7) and (5) form a symmetrical shape; and two (6) and (6), beginning at an X (in the grid) are identically shaped.  All eight must be highlighted.

I did this in a couple of sessions on holiday, but I can’t remember how long it took.  

The quotation is attributed to someone of whom I have not heard – one Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling, a German philosopher - and read ARCHITECTURE IN GENERAL IS FROZEN MUSIC

The words to be highlighted were ROCK (4), 36 CONCRETE (8), 40 HARDCORE (8), CLASSICAL COUNTRY HOUSE (9,7,5) [forming a symmetrical shape], LOUNGE (6) and GARAGE (6), each of the last two being comprised of a roof and a wall.  The LOUNGE was inside the CLASSICAL COUNTRY HOUSE which was set on a bed of CONCRETE above a layer of HARDCORE.  The GARAGE was set on ROCK.  The whole picture is highlighted in the grid below.

Each of the highlighted words are genres of music to which you can CHILL-OUT (the title of the puzzle).  I have listened to four of them over the years.  My children, long since flown the nest, may know more about the other four than I do.  I leave you to deduce which four I listen to by choice and which four I don’t.

A H A A M B E R F I R T H
T E L C O U N A R Y O I U
O A T E N T D T O G A M S
C R O W E Y O U R T S O B
I T G I R L S O Y E T N A
S I L V A S M W H I T E N
S L O U N C O L O U R E D
A Y A H G O M S U G A R A
L I T R E P E R S H I N G
C O N C R E T E E O T S E
H A R D C O R E F R O C K
O T T E R K I L L C R O P
W H E N U A C S Y A S T I

 

I have come across Charybdis as a setter in The Listener, The Inquisitor and The Magpie.  His puzzles always have a quirkiness to them which makes them enjoyable.

I had little difficulty with the parsing of the clues this week although I did wonder if 9 across, FIRTH was first written as a down clue given the use of the word ‘under’ in the clue, and I wasn’t sure of why the component parts of 6 down, BUTYL came out exactly in the order they did.

Not surprisingly, the grid this week was not symmetrical.  I think it was impressive getting all the thematic material in at all, let alone having to try and make it symmetrical as well.

As usual there were a few new words for me, or meanings of otherwise well-known words – FIRTH, SILVAS, KILLCROP, WHENUA, MONER, ENDOSMOMETRIC, FRORY, HUSBANDAGE.  There is no doubt that crosswords expand ones knowledge, although I recognise the only time I am likely to see some of these words again is in other crosswords.  These answers I derived from the wordplay and then checked the meaning.

Across
No. Letter Wordplay Solution
1 A AM (amateur) + BEAR (trader in stocks) AMBER (warning)
9 R FIR (conifer) + THRUSH (the second half of the word ‘THRUSH’ being hidden) FIRTH (wooded country; forest)
13 C Anagram of (sort of) OCCULT with U (universal) replaced by E (energy) TELCO (universal messaging service are provided by a telecommunications company)
14 H HUGE (omitting the third and fourth letters – 50% cut) + NARY (not, as used in the United States) UNARY (involving one component)
15 I Even letters (evenly) of SOLARIA + TEN (number of piggies [toes]) OATEN (made of straw)
16 T OT (Old testament; old books) + GAMS (schools [of whales]) OGAMS (ancient alphabet, its letters consisting of a set of parallel lines crossing a baseline)  I remember a crossword compiled for The Magpie that required the use of the OGAM alphabet.  I thought it was by Charybdis, but I found on looking back throug old Magpies that it was Chorybdis, just one letter different, but definitely a different setter)
17 E WORE (sported) + C (first letter [top of] COSTUME) all reversed  (back to front) CROW (bird)
18 C Anagram of (built out of) COURTESY excluding (not using) E (earth) YOURTS (nomad shelters)
19 T IT (vermouth) + GT (G&T) + I (electric current) + RLS (Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Kidnapped) IT GIRLS (socialites)
22 U E (electric field strength0 + TUNA (New Zealand eel) ETNA (a vessel for heating liquids in a saucer of burning alcohol)
23 R Hidden word (holds) in YgdraSIL VARSity SILVAS (assemblage of trees in a region; collections of arboreal flora)
26 E TEE (part of golf hole) contained in (surrounded by) WHIN (gorse) WHITEN (clear)
30 I UN (United Nations) + COL (pass) + OUI (French agreement) + RED  (rubbish; refuse) UNCOLOURED (without bias)
31 N A + anagram of (disguised) HYENA excluding the central letter E (heartless) AYAH (nanny)
32 G SLUGGARD excluding (without) D (penny) and excluding (not) L SUGAR (slang for money)
33 E L (length) + IT + REE( a roofed walled yard in Scotland [to the north]) LITRE (measure)
34 N Anagram of  (cooked) SPRING HEN PERSHING (American General John J Pershing [1860 - 1948])
43 E Anagram of (redesigned) WORKFORCE excluding (forgotten) anagram of (silly) ROW FROCK (dress)
44 R ROTTER (rat) OTTER (aquatic mammal)
45 A KIP [nap] containing (ALL [everything] + CROW [17 across exclduing the last letter W {mostly}]) KILLCROP (greedy baby)
46 L WHEN (at what time?) + last three letters of (first half needs axing) RITUAL WHENUA (Maori word for land)
47 I IT IS A reversed (retrogressive) ASTI (wine)

 

Down
No. Letter Wordplay Solution
1 S A + COST (price) reversed (rising)

ATOC (skunk)

2 F HE (that chap) + (anagram of [upset] FAIRLY containing the last letter of [end of] ATTACHMENT) HEARTILY (absolutely)
3 R

A + Even letters (regularly) of RELATION

ALTO (singer)
5 O MOONER (exhibitionist, as in one who exposes his buttocks) MONER (hypothetical simple protozoan named by Ernest Haeckel as the basis of his theory of evolution))
6 Z BUT + (LAZY reversed [not rising] excluding [not] A [active])  I’m not sure how the clue indicates that BUT comes before YL rather than after it, unless ‘rising’ is doing some form of double duty) BUTYL (a radical)
7 E END (conclusion) + anagram of (built with) SEMI ROOM ETC ENDOSMOMETRIC (showing progress to a solution
8 N NATURALLY reversed (upset) excluding (wanting) ALLY (partner) RATU (Fijian chief)
9 M FROM (because) + YR (your) reversed (capsizing) FRORY (Spenser’s [Ed] word for frozen)
10 U

AS (Assistant Secretary) contained in (goes in) ROUT (wipe the floor with)

ROAST (carpet, in the sense of giving someone a rollicking)
11 S TIMON (Athenian misanthrope) + SEER (visionary) TIMONEER (helmsman; one who cons [directs the steering of] the boat)
12 I Anagram of (working) BUSHED AGAIN HUSBANDAGE (commission for ship’s agent in port [ship's husband])
20 C LC (left centre) contained in (wearing) GOAT (angora) GLOAT (crow [17 across])
21 V VOWELS (‘Euoi’ perhaps) excluding E (energy) OWLS (owls may screech)
24 O Anagram of (sort of) ORANGE ANGER (seeing red)
25 N SC (self-contained) + OPEN (public) SCOPE (room for action)
27 S (USES [employs] + F [force]) contained in (break into) HOLY (a holy place; sanctuary) HOUSEFLY (insect)
28 C I contained in (invested in) TRACTORS (farm vehicles) TRAITORS (you can’t trust them)
29 H CLASH (collision) reversed (rising)  + HOW (method) SALCHOW (an ice-skating jump)
35 E RE (concerning) + EELS (fish) REELS (dances)
37 L LOATH (hateful) OATH (curse)
38 L LORCA (reference Federico Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist) ORCA (killer whale)
39 I Anagram of (unusually) STOIC SCOT (Briton)
41 N Anagram of (cooked) DINNER excluding (I’ll leave) I and excluding the final letter (unfinished) R DEN (study)
42 G Odd letters (exhibited regularly) of CAR BUGGY

CRU (vintage)

5 Responses to “Inquisitor 1143 – Chill-Out by Charybdis”

  1. Colin Blackburn says:

    A rare purchase of the paper meant I managed to see an IQ for a change. I enjoyed this one, usual high standard from this setter.

    I did wonder about the double-duty of the C (CLASSICAL/CONCRETE) and the F left unused. A necessary compromise? I liked the running together of CLASSICAL COUNTRY HOUSE to give an architectural term.

    I don’t have my solution with me now but I don’t remember having a query against 6dn.

    I take it SILVA wasn’t new for you Duncan. I’d always known it was a Scandinavian term for something in the outdoors, just never checked it up until now.

  2. Duncan Shiell says:

    Colin

    Thanks for the comments.

    I must admit I hadn’t connected SILVA with the compass manufacturer until you mentioned it. However given my daughters spent hours playing with Sylavanian Families, I should have realised that SILVA did go with woodland some how.

    Duncan

  3. HolyGhost says:

    6dn: The ‘but’ in the answer comes from ‘yet’ in the clue; the ‘but’ in the clue (“but not active”) is just part of the indication to remove the A from ‘lazy’.

  4. HolyGhost says:

    Thanks, Duncan.
    Inexplicably, the music genre association simply passed me by – hadn’t heard of musique concrète before.
    Chill-Out also puzzled me, and I am now reliably informed that, it too, is a style of music …

  5. Charybdis says:

    Thanks for the positive reception for this.
    The title is also a reference to the architecture being frozen (or 9d frory?) music.
    Incidentally, the clue to 7d (endosmometric) hopefully had a certain thematic relevance.

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