Posted by shuchi on October 15th, 2010
A typically classy puzzle by Viking. It is with a heavy heart that I blog this, knowing that Viking will not be delighting us with new puzzles or leaving a comment on the blog anymore as he often used to do. RIP Viking.
I found this a combo of easy and tough – some giveaway clues like 7a and 28a but a difficult bottom-right corner, some very nice constructions like 24a, 29a and 1d and a brilliant 14d.
1 ACUTE ACCENT A CUTE (charming) ACCENT (way of talking).
7 RAT (TAR)<
9 REBUS RE (concerning) BUS (public transport)
10 ASSERTION (IS TREASON)*
11 BROKERAGE BROKE (poor) RAGE (anger)
12 UNITE hidden reversed in ‘duET IN Unison’
13 TREMBLE TREBLE (singer) around M (master). Vibrato is a “trembling” effect in music.
15 NEED NETTED (caught), losing heart i.e. TT
18 MATH MAT (dull) H (hard). Math is the American shortening of the word; the British equivalent is Maths. A tongue-in-cheek
reference to the jest that Americans and math(s) don’t mix.
20 TETANUS ATE (worried) in SUN (star) T (tenor), all reversed
23 LADEN LEADEN (dull) – E (energy)
24 MOONSCAPE MOONS (wanders listlessly) CAPE (covering). I found this hard to get but also very pleasing.
26 ON THE TURN (UNROTTEN + H)* a sort of &lit
27 AVERT AVER (state) T[axes]
28 EAR regular letters of rEpAiR
29 LOGGERHEADS (DOES HAGGLER)* &lit
1 ACROBATS A CROAT’S (European’s) around B (black)
2 UNBROKEN (ON BUNKER)*
3 ENSUE ENSURE (guarantee) – R
4 CHARADE CHARGE (price) – G (golf in the phonetic alphabet) + A D (day)
5 EASTERN E (one point) ASTERN (behind)
6 TURBULENT TURBU U (unionist) BRUT[e] (thug, mostly), reversed + LENT (fast)
7 RAISIN IS in RAIN (water); ‘quite the reverse’ switches the container and content.
8 TENDER dd
14 BRAIN CELL (I + BRAIN CELL)* gives BRILLIANCE.
16 IN CAMERA dd
17 ASBESTOS A SOS (alarm) around BEST (top). Asbestos is a flame-retardant.
19 HAMBURG HAM (meat) (GRUB)<
20 TROUNCE (COUNTER)*. It took me very long to see that this was an anagram, I was pegging it as a doubtful dd.
21 ALCOVE A LOVE (sweetheart) around C[uddle]
22 EDITOR E[radicate], ROT (rubbish) I’D reversed
25 SLASH SPLASH (headline) – P (page)
Today’s Financial Times puzzle carries a small write-up about Viking. Since the FT puzzle archive is short-lived, reproducing the write-up here so that visitors in future may see it.
Derek Arthur – Viking
Derek Arthur, who died suddenly on October 9 aged 65, set his first crossword for the FT in 2007 using the pseudonym Viking, Arthur being a VI (century) KING. For many years he also jointly edited the Listener crossword. Born in Shetland, he trained as a mathematician, becoming a lecturer in Dublin and Edinburgh. His final post, from which he retired in 2005, was Director of Mathematical Teaching at the University of Edinburgh. He is survived by his wife Alison and three sons.