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Guardian Genius No. 88 / Pasquale

Posted by Gaufrid on November 1st, 2010

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the late appearance of a post for this puzzle. The scheduled blogger forgot that it was her turn and did not solve it so I am standing in at the last moment. Since I cannot remember what I did whilst solving the puzzle a month ago this will just be an analysis of the clues.

Writing up the following parsing did remind me that I found this puzzle enjoyable, if rather easy for a Genius. Solving was greatly helped by the omitted letters being consecutive though I am sure that this must have made setting the grid more tricky.

The letters to be omitted from the grid entries are shown in lower case.

Across
7 OCTaGON  OCT (month) GON[e] (almost over)
8 bROUHAHAS  HAHA (laugh) in *(SOUR)
9 STAUNcHES  UN (internationalists) in A H (a hospital) in SETS reversed (revolutionary groups)
10 dEMONIC  *(INCOME)
11 SONDeLI  *(IS ON L[an]D) – the Indian musk shrew
12 NOSE fLUTE  NOS (numbers) ELUTE (wash)
13 STARTINg HANDLE  *(HAD RANT SILENT)
17 SEALYhAMS  SEA (coastal water) LYAMS (hounds)
20 MiRACLE  RC (Roman Catholic) in MALE (man)
22 jACK TAR  KT (man on board {chess}) in A CAR (a vehicle)
23 kAISERDOM  *(MORE SAID)
24 AlEHOUSES  USE (employ) in *(A HOSE)
25 mINNIES  I (one) in INNES (crime writer)

Down
1 ACAnTHOUS  CAT (pet) in A HOUS[e] (a home less than adequate)
2 AGRoUND  G[arden] RUN (enclosure) in AD (notice)
3 pANTHEIST  ANT (worker) HEIST (robbing)
4 SqUEERS  U (university) in SEERS (wise men) – Wackford Squeers, the cruel schoolmaster in Nicholas Nickleby
5 PATrOLLED  PA (old man) TOLLED (sounded)
6 sHARIAT  ARIA (song) in [t]H[a]T
8 RESt ON ONE’S OARS  *(SO EARNERS SOON)
14 ADuLATION  LATI[n] (language that’s dead almost) in ADO (fuss) N (new)
15 ADMISSIvE  A D (a daughter) MISS (young girl) IE (that is)
16 wELL-BORER  *(ROLL BEER)
18 ExACTER  C[hef] in EATER (diner)
19 ‘ARRyISH  A RR (a bishop) I SH (shut up)
21 AzURINE  A URINE (wee)

4 Responses to “Guardian Genius No. 88 / Pasquale”

  1. Jan says:

    Thank you for the blog, Gaufrid. I actually made a few notes when I had completed this one. A month is a long time to remember ones thoughts.

    I am full of admiration for the ingenuity displayed by the setters of the Genius crosswords and enjoy them, but I was disappointed with this one. Knowing which letter was missing from the full solution made the puzzle much easier than many weekday offerings.

    I was only challenged by a few words and definitions which needed to be confirmed by Chambers: sondeli, arryish, … all of which were easily solvable from the subsidiary parts of the clue plus the missing letter.

    25 was the only one which taxed me. I had not heard of Michael Innes and really didn’t think that minnies could be Scottish mothers. Thank you, Google and Chambers.

    I did enjoy the mental picture of someone playing the NOSE LUTE and wondered if the ROUHAHAS disturbed the Australian bush. :-)

  2. jetdoc says:

    Apologies to all for my failure to check the rota, and hence to give this one a miss. Many thanks to Gaufrid for standing in at very short notice.

  3. jetdoc says:

    … sorry — the first sentence doesn’t quite make sense, but I’m sure you get my meaning.

  4. Paul B says:

    I thought it was one of hubby’s clues.

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