Posted by duncanshiell on December 1st, 2010
The preamble told us that clashes in the grid must be resolved (producing some non-words in the process) to display the name of a man of note for whom 2010 is an anniversary, thereby restoring three thematic works which must be highlighted. We were also told that appropriate assistance (if needed) may be found in the grid.
When I found my first clash on the upper left to bottom right diagonal, I though that perhaps all clashes were on that diagonal as that would help identify which intersecting clues had potential clashes and which didn’t. Fortunately this proved to be the case.
The clashes down the diagonal (across first) produced
I/G S/U S/A A/T C/A V/A L/M B/A E/H L/N I/E Z/R
Aha, I thought, GUSTAV MAHLER, a musician, a man of note even, born 1860, therefore 2010 is the 150th anniversary of his birth. This must be right. However, I couldn’t find anything resembling Mahler’s works in the remainder of the grid.
Remembering a Listener puzzle of a couple of years ago when the clashes spelt out either Margaret Thatcher or Christopher Fry, I thought that I should perhaps look at the other half of the clashes and found ISAAC ALBENIZ, not a name I recognised. However, a bit of research revealed that he too was a musician, born in 1860. Further work showed that three of his most famous works were ASTURIAS (a guitar piece, but only named such after his death), IBERIA (a piano suite) and TANGO in D (most frequently played on the guitar). All of these words are only present in the grid if ISAAC ALBENIZ appears on the diagonal. ASTURIAS is the full answer/entry to 10 across, TANGO is the full answer/entry to 14 across and IBERIA is part of the answer/entry for 29 across
In the comments on last week’s Inquisitor there was a suggestion that it would be very impressive if both diagonals could convey messages. Remember the bit in the preamble that said approriate assistance may be found in the grid? In this puzzle, the diagonal from bottom left to upper right displayed the message CHOOSE ISAAC A. I have to admit that I didn’t notice this message until after I had chosen ISAAC A, but perhaps I should have looked sooner for the assistance.
As usual I discovered some new words, or re-discovered some words that I hadn’t seen for years, and only then in crosswords – ASGARD, ROSE-CUT, ALAPS, CENSE, TENDENZ, NUEVO SOL, CAIMAC, MILICE, and RENNE
You will see from the tables below that I struggled with the parsing of a couple of answers, ASGARD and TANGO, but I have given some ideas.
The clues were a good mix of types (e.g. anagrams, charades, dropped letters, compounds, container and contents, changing letters, part reversals , homonyms and others) and also displayed different uses for common abbreviations in two pairs of consectutive clues. CE was used as ‘church’ in 37 across and Chancellor of the Exchequer in 38 across. U was used as ”universal’ in 2 down and ‘socially acceptable’ in 3 down.
The title ‘CROSS PURPOSES‘ probably referred to at least a couple of things – e.g. the diagonals and the fact that the clashes could be resolved in different ways.
Overall, a very enjoyable puzzle that I solved in a couple of hours.
|1||STY (inflamed swelling at the edge of the eyelid; eye sore) contained in (in the middle of) anagram of (transformed) NILE||IN STYLE (with flair)||G/IANTRY (1d)||IN STYLE|
|6||PA (Maori settlement) + ANT (worker) reversed (turning)||PATNA (Indian city)||PATNA|
|10||Anagram of (destroyed) AUSTRIAN excluding last letter (almost) N + S (southern)||ASTURIAS||NU/SEVO SOL (2d)||ASTURIAS|
|11||LO (look)+ C (cold) + I (one)||LOCI (passages [in books])||LOCI|
|12||NEWTS (reference ‘pissed as a newt’) with (W [West] replaced by S [South)] – change of direction)||NESTS (settles)||STA/STS (3d)||NEATS|
|13||Sound like (we hear) AS GUARD (the clue says ‘how Alice’s fiancé was employed ‘. The only vague references I can find to Alice and a fiancé who is employed as a guard are in a couple of topics in Google, one referring to the Twilight series of novels by Stephenie Meyer, and one referring to a new film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland)||ASGARD (the heaven of Norse mythology, home of heroes slain in battle)||ASGARD|
|14||First letter of (primarily) TRAFFIC, T. TANGO is the police code word for the letter T||TANGO (‘measure’ can mean ‘a dance, especially a slow and stately one’. I thought a tango was a fast dance, but I freely admit that my dancing skills are on a par with John Sergeant and Anne Widdecombe).’||TUTT/AED (4d)||TANGO|
|16||Hidden word in (container) LONG-LASTING||ASTI (Italian white wine)||ASTI|
|17||SEC (dry) contained in (seized by) ROUT (rabble)||ROSE-CUT (a nearly hemispherical cut of a gemstone with a flat base and many small facets rising to a low point above)||NA/CAN (15d)||ROSECUT|
|18||SETTIN‘ (goin’ down) excluding one of the middle letters T (half heartedly)||SET IN (began)||SET IN|
|21||A (advanced) + VIA (through) + TING (small sound)||AVIATING (using pilot’s skill)||LINGUA/V (5d)||AAIATING|
|23||COLS (passes) containing (round) (ONE [drink; a quick one] + L [left])||COLONELS (officers)||M/LICICE (24d)||COLONELS|
|27||PAL (comrade) reversed (comes back) contained in (inside) AS||ALAPS (the introductory section of a raga [a traditional Hindi melody; Indian music])||ALAPS|
|29||(I [one] + BERI-BERI [a tropical disease] excluding one of the BERIs [half-eradicated]) all contained in (in) SA (South America)||SIBERIA (a large part of [most of] Russia)||ASA/BP (22d)||SIBERIA|
|31||PINTO (a piebald horse) excluding the first letter (doesn’t start) P||INTO (keen on)||INTO|
|33||L (length) contained in (covered by) EPEE (‘spit’ can mean a sword)||ELPEE (LP, long playing record)||BEH/EIND (25d)||ELPEE|
|34||OLID (rank-smelling) excluding the final letter (trimmed) D contained in MOS (moments; seconds)||MOOLIS (long white carrot shaped vegetables)||MOOLIS|
|35||Sounds like (sound of) FILL ME (possible request from a hungry child)||FILMY (indistinct)||REN/LNE (30d)||FINMY|
|36||AY (always) containing (covering) HO (house)||AHOY (hail [another vessel])||AHOY|
|37||Anagram of (broadcast) DEAN IN containing (about) CE (Church of England)||DECENNIA (plural of decennium, a period of 10 years, decennia therefore refers to 20 years or more)||INDIA ME/IN (19d)||DECENNIA|
|38||ENS (philosophical word meaning ‘being) contained in (collected by) CE (Chancellor of the Exchequer)||CENSE (obsolete word [at one time] meaning ‘tax’)||CENSE|
|39||T (the) + (anagram of [version of] ZEN containing [involving] DEN [study])||TENDENZ (A German variant for tendency; trend)||MAGYAR/Z (26d)||TENDENZ|
|1||NAG (harass) reversed (erected) + TRY(effort)||GANTRY (platform or bridge for a travelling crane)||I/GN STYLE (1a)||IANTRY|
|2||Anagram of (lost) NO LOVE’S containing (adopting) U (universal, in film categorisation)||NUEVO SOL (currency in Peru)||AS/UTURIAS (10a)||NSEVO SOL|
|3||STATUS (condition) excluding (not) U (socially acceptable)||STATS (statistics; information, low-down)||NES/ATS (12a)||STATS|
|4||TT (teetotal, abstainer) contained in (in) an anagram of (playing) DUET||TUTTED||TA/TNGO (14a)||TUTAED|
|5||Hidden word in (extract from) JOURNAL IN GUATEMALAN||LINGUA (tongue)||AV/AIATION (21a)||LINGUA|
|6||First and last letters of (extremists) each of PIOUS and SECT||PSST (used to attract attention)||PSST|
|7||Anagram of (at sea) A GALE||ALGAE (seaweed, which may well be washed up by a gale at sea) &lit||ALGAE|
|8||TOAST (a call to drink to an admired person; a tribute) + IE (id est; that is)||TOASTIE (snack)||TOASTIE|
|9||ABIDING (permanent, lasting; steadfast) excluding (refusing) the second letter (second) B||AIDING (helping)||AIDING|
|15||CANAAN (promised land) excluding the first two letters (of six) CA (one third eaten)||NAAN (bread)||ROSEC/AUT (17a)||NCAN|
|19||IN (popular) + DI (Detective Inspector; policeman) + AMEN (expression of assent; approval)||INDIAMEN (large ships employed in trade with India many years ago; old-fashioned craft)||DECENNI/EA (37a)||INDIAMIN|
|20||Anagram of (reformed) METROPOLITAN excluding (no) MERIT||PLATOON (squad)||PLATOON|
|22||A (one) + PAS (dance step) reversed (taken up)||ASAP (as soon as possible; without delay)||SIB/AERIA (29a)||ASBP|
|23||(C [chapter] and C [chapter], chapters) containing (AIM [target] + A [area])||CAIMAC (Turkish lieutentant-colonel)||CAIMAC|
|24||MI (musical note in the sol-fa notation) + LICE (possible source of infestation)||MILICE (the government militia in Vichy France)||COLONEL/M (23a)||LILICE|
|25||HINT (intimate) excluding the final letter (not quite) T contained in (in) BED||BEHIND (failing to keep up)||ELPE/HE (33a)||BEEIND|
|26||MAGI (Three Wise Men; visiting trio) excluding the final letter (briefly) I + RAY (glance) reversed (up)||MAGYAR (a member of the majority ethnic group of Hungray; Middle-European)||TENDENZ/R (39a)||MAGYAZ|
|28||LOP (cut) reversed (back) + first letters of (leaders of) each of YOUNG and STUDENTS||POLYS (polytechnics – colleges where subjects were tmany arts or technical subjects were taught up to degree level – I don’t think any now exist in the United Kingdom as all were upgraded to University status after 1992)||POLYS|
|30||TENNER (ten pound note; money) excluding (taking … out) T (time) reversed (raised)||RENNE (Spenserian [Edmund] form of ‘run’)||FIL/NMY (35a)||RENNE|
|32||SIDE (team)||SIDE (arrogance) double definition||SIDE|