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Enigmatic Variations No. 935 Naughty boy by MynoT

Posted by twencelas on October 16th, 2010

twencelas.

Straightforward clues this week – no twist of any sort. Then, find a quotation, its source and the real name of the writer  – Sounds easy but may be “Un peu difficile”, if you get my drift. But it’s pen, ink and marker pens this week.

Some lovely simple clues to suck you into this crossword. Especially in the top half of the grid.  Nothing too taxing on the clue front, though a number of non-standard meanings and several obscure words (requiring confirmation from the big red book), to keep most solvers interested. Also a bit of a french flavour to the proceedings in several of the across clues (see below).

So once the grid was full (roughly an hour in my case, including some serious thumbing of Chambers), time to find the hidden material in the grid.

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

I tried the diagonals, the perimeter and then finally the acrosses and downs, concentrating on the cells containing more obscure words or where there was a high density of bars – but nothing leapt of the page, none of the standard locations yielded anything. Then, I spotted “Un mechant”, french for a naughty boy in the second column, and subsequently “animal” along the next row. Then “l’homme” going along and up leading to the full quotation forming a square in the grid: L’homme est, je vous l’avoue, un méchant animal

My rough translation is “I accept that man is a bad animal”

The quotation is from Moliere’s “Le Tartuffe” or “l’Imposteur” – very much a french theme then. And the real name of Moliere is Jean-Baptiste Poquelin. And thus “Le fin” Fully shaded grid below. Quite a search to find it all. I may have found it quicker, had I known it was in French, but I’m glad the preamble omitted this fact.  My assumption is that the arrangement of the squares has no real significance, but then I’m no expert on the french theatre.

A highly enjoyable endgame, if only for driving me up the wall for quite some time looking for so much hidden material. Many thanks MynoT for making what I initially though was going to be a stroll in the park into something much more interesting.

On a more general note – Of the three puzzles I do on a weekend, Listener (this week – find the crime fighter), Inquisitor (devils and angels on horseback) and this one – all 3, this week, had end-games that needed some thought and for that they were, to me anyway, so much more rewarding. These puzzles all had non-trivial end-games – Long may it continue.

Key * = anagram, DD = double definition, Rev = Reversed

ACROSS
1 Elderly scholar could be star on island (7)
(star)* + man (island) = ARTSMAN
8 American charms besotted oarsmen (7)
(oarsmen)* = ENAMORS (American spelling)
13 Salvo destroyed more than one cricket ground in Perth (5)
(salvo)* = OVALS (Australian sports grounds)
15 Queuing for popular stuff (6, 2 words)
in + line = IN LINE
16 To vex old deviant by reason of a vow (6, 2 words)
(tovexo) = EX VOTO (according to ones prayer – Latin)
17 Greek character in street’s black spot (4)
mu in st = SMUT
18 Space is essential to Italian agreement for penultimate match (4)
em in s(is) + i(Italian) = SEMI
19 Airline all Spain flies (4,2 words)
(all+e)* = EL AL (Israeli airline)
20 Discharge, for example, is French (5)
eg + est = EGEST (subtle hint at the french theme?)
24 Asian in terrible pain gets injection (7)
jab (injection) in (pain)* = PANJABI (alternative spelling of Punjabi)
26 Scratch back of neck (5)
DD = SCUFF
28 Locally one can get lots all over the place, not mislaid (6)
un (one) + (lots)* = UNLOST
30 Some nasty weather is welcome (4)
DD = HAIL
32 Wrong treatment of a vehicle that’s mostly old (7)
A + bus + aged (- d) = ABUSAGE
35 Girl is hard and somewhat sharp(7)
Tart (offensive word for girl) + is + h = TARTISH
36 Indulges huffs (4)
DD = PETS
37 Look threatening about sailor in party (6)
lour (look threatening) around ab = LABOUR
39 Doorman returns drunk again (5)
Rev. (tiler) = RELIT
42 Upset by general situation with Romeo in studio (7)
ate (upset) + lie + r (phonetic alphabet) = ATELIER – Another subtle hint?
43 Own old currency in island (5)
ait (island) around dm (deutschmark) = ADMIT
45 In Asia aristocrat stood with Independent (4)
ran + I = RANI
48 Beat learner after sickness (4)
mal (sickness) + l = MALL – Another French derivation
52 Unwanted messages return for the charts (4)
Rev(spam) = MAPS
53 Call to prayer in all South Africa for supporters of majority rule (6)
azan (muslim call to prayer) + i (in) + a (all) = AZANIA
54 An alto played this kind of music perhaps (6)
(an alto)* = ATONAL
56 Remover’s British, one I found in Quebec (5)
b+un + je = BUNJE (More French words)
57 Edmund’s fixed representative to go in boat (7)
mp in eight = EMPIGHT (Spenser for fixed)
58 Reins in children around Marshal (7)
Ney (marshal) in kids = KIDNEYS

DOWN
1 Academician leading flags no longer current comes into view (6)
a (first letter of academician) + irises [(flowers)- i: electric current]  = ARISES
2 Dash urn in pieces (3)
(urn)* = RUN
3 Broken lute and old fiddle for Indian (6)
(lute)* + gu (type of viol from Shetland) = TELUGU
4 Pig’s tail cut off: time for action (4)
suid (pig) – d + t = SUIT
5 One monkey’s special (5)
mona (West African monkey) + s = MONAS (Chambers defines as a monad (the number one))
6 Some more value reflected in possessions (4)
Rev. hidden (moREVAlue) = AVER
7 Temple’s two elements (4)
Na(sodium) + os(osmium) = NAOS
8 Extra in Eastern European river (4)
Lb (leg bye) in e e = ELBE
9 Active wife harvests growth promoting substances in second (6)
a + ux (wife) + ins  (harvests) = AUXINS (growth promoting substances) I’m not entirley sure whether the “in second” serve a purpose here
10 Manoeuvre some of them over (4)
The(m ove)r = MOVE
11 Become corrupt acting for canon (4)
rot (become corrupt) + a (acting for) = ROTA
12 About time strong queen becomes less emotional (8)
solid (strong) + er (queen) around t = STOLIDER
14 Single female’s hot in headgear (7, 2 words)
sola (feminine of solus) + h (hot) + at (in) = SOLA HAT
21 Aid to identification of one swallowed by old lizard (4, hyphenated)
eft (lizard) around i = E-FIT
22 Eels not accepted in barrels (4)
tunas (Maori eels) – a = TUNS
23 A new order to soldier to stop (6)
a + n + ch (companion of honour) + or (soldier) = ANCHOR
24 Offence taken with the French replacing international memorial tablet (6)
pique (offence taken) with i (international) replaced by la = PLAQUE
25 I lay claim to silver in British system of units (5, 2 words)
ag (silver) in b + si (International system of units) = BAGS I (Oh to be young again!)
27 Sing of blackmail (no silver, no end of trouble) (5)
chantage (blackmail) – ag (silver) – e = CHANT (Use of ag in adjacent clues may be frowned upon by some)
29 Salt (or tar) returning with water in sateen regularly (8)
ste (sateen regularly) around ea + Rev(tar) = STEARATE
31 Club magazine (7)
DD ARSENAL
33 Australian initiation rite is in the wind (4)
DD BORA (Adriatic wind and Indigenous Australian initiation rite)
34 Observe start of monsoon appear (4)
see + m = SEEM
38 Proposing to alter Mini in German company (6)
ag around (mini)* = AIMING
40 Girl’s a climber about Nepal initially (6)
liane (climbing plant) around n = LIANNE
41 Put back the Spanish units (6)
Rev(set) + las (Spanish the) = TESLAS (magnetic flux density)
44 Dorothy and Edward showed excessive love (5)
dot + ed = DOTED
46 Host, for example, may be changed (accepting something unknown) (4)
(may)* around z (unknown) = AZYM (form of unleavened bread as per holy communion)
47 Money’s in tree (4)
in + ti (Pacific tree) = INTI (Peruvian currency)
49 Lecturer at fault for William to treat with contempt (4)
l + out (at fault) = LOUT (Shakespearean word for treat with contempt)
50 Old torch almost 8 inches long (4)
DD = LINK (7.92 inches and a torch of pitch and tow)
51 Pilgrim almost has mark of respect finally in India (4)
ha (almost has) + ji (Hindu mark of respect) = HAJI
52 Lament extinct bird by name (4)
moa + n =MOAN
55 The old continue with active side issue (3)
a (active) + by (side issue) = ABY

4 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations No. 935 Naughty boy by MynoT”

  1. Tony says:

    Thanks for this. I completed the grid and saw the words animal and Jean but never thought of going round in a circle or trying French.

  2. Mike Laws says:

    The puzzle was in fact two entirely separate puzzles, since the “all-normal” clues had no connection with what was to be found. I wouldn’t have found the quotation without the index to ODQ2, which includes a cross-reference to it under “animal”.

    I think it was unfair not to provide an indication that French was involved – “cherchez trois carrés” derived from extra letters in clues, or something of the kind, would have made the puzzle elegant and fun to solve.

  3. kenmac says:

    I stared at the completed grid for a while, nothing was jumping out, so I gave up :-(

    I agree with Mike, if there had been something somewhere hinting that we may be looking for some non-English words, it would have helped.

    Shame, really.

  4. mc_rapper67 says:

    twencelas – thank-you, or rather ‘merci’, for putting me out of my misery. i must have stared at my correctly completed grid for short and long periods adding up to a couple of hours over the last week or so, to the probable amusement of my commuting companions, without seeing anything beyond ‘animal’ (farm?, george orwell = eric blair?) and a potential obscure female author called ‘jean kidney’…

    in the end, i was being too linear, and too anglo-centric – maybe, as mike suggested, an indication that we were ‘cherche’-ing for something in a specific language, and/or a word/character count, might have helped to square the circle.

    having said all that – an enjoyable EV, and sometimes an unfinished journey can be as good as the arrival at one’s destination.

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