Posted by Hihoba on December 8th, 2010
At first glance the rubric seemed pretty complicated, involving words entered normally, as anagrams and in unlocated places in the grid. A quick look at the “Unlocated” clues gave me AIT for the first one. (I am attending beginners Spanish classes and we have just done “the family” – TIA is spanish for aunt!) No others sprang out, so I started on the normal clues and soon made inroads into the bottom right hand corner.
As I continuued, a place to insert AIT appeared and there seemed to be a number of three-letter unclued locations, so a second attack on the unlocated ones yielded AWE, ERG, EWE, ION, ROC, TUN and UNI and places for these appeared as solving continued. I solved all the clued lights before starting on the theme.
An initial guess at “Belt up” having something to do with Orion’s belt (being “up” in the sky) was rewarded by finding ( The Wiki page is here!) that the stars in the belt are named ALNITAK, ALNILAM and MINTAKA. These were entered unmodified in the diagram. Wiki also listed BETELGEUSE, RIGEL, SAIPH and BELLATRIX as the principal stars in the Orion constellation. SAIPH went in unmodified.
So the three anagram entries were BETELGEUSE, BELLATRIX and RIGEL.
One of the unlocated clues mentioned the word Cross – LIGER is a cross between lion and tiger and an anagram of RIGEL. However, there were four clues outstanding and only two entries to connect them, so the entries must be two words. 1A was BETELGEUSE which is SEGUE + BETEL, while BELLATRIX is EXTRA + BILL. So that was that part over.
Two other (minor) stars were mentioned in Wiki, HATSYA and MEISSA. After some time searching for either of these hidden in the diagram, Meissa rang a bell. The setter! (Finding EDDIE in the grid aroused suspicion concerning the identity of Meissa!) The first letters of the entries in the diagram correspond approximately to their positions in the constellation, and MEISSA is a star in Orion’s head, so the setter’s name should be highlighted above the diagram. Finally ORION should be entered as the overall theme below the diagram.
Not too difficult, but vastly entertaining and instructive.
About three hours to finish – much of it thinking and reading time!
|8||ON END||Continually: ONE (joke) + N(o) D(ate)|
|10||LUXOR||Archaeological site: UX in LOR!|
|11||STAIDNESS||Sobriety: D(uke) in STAINES + S|
|14||ORDAIN||Establish: ORD (point) + A (one) + IN (elected)|
|16||STEARIN||Solid fat: SIN (pity) round TEAR (rage)|
|17||NERVE||Audacity: ERVEN (plots) with N (knight) first|
|20||HAIRY||Risky: Esau (22) was an hairy man!|
|21||REAL ALE||Traditional tipple: RE (on) + [EL AL (airline) + A(merican)] reversed|
|25||RUN LOW||Near exhaustion: RUN (series of performances) + LOW (depressed)|
|27||GARIBALDI||GI round A + RIBALD (licentious)|
|28||SANCTITUDE||Blessed state: [UN DICTATES]*|
|1||SO-SO||Tolerable: OS (seaman) in SO (note)|
|2||ENTREE||Course: ENT (hospital department) + EER reversed|
|3||EDDIE||A man’s here: ED + DIE|
|4||TEST||International: SET reversed + T(ense)|
|5||ELSE||Otherwise: EISEL is an old word for vinegar, bit the clue is not quite right. Needs a word for anagram rather than “laid-up” which I took to mean reversed.|
|6||ROJI||Garden design (in Japan): J(apan) in ROI (often Louis). Japan serves a dual purpose here|
|7||GRANARY||Storehouse: [ANGRY AR(ab)]*|
|9||ANNONA||Describing fruits: AN + ANON reversed|
|12||ADRENALIN||Increases (blood) pressure: LANE reversed in [DRAIN]*|
|15||AVAILE||Spenserian word for lower: AVE round AIL|
|16||SMIKE||Dickensian character: hidden|
|17||NEAREST||First of those approaching: EARNEST with the N promoted|
|18||ILORIN||Nigerian city (good old Google): [RELIGION minus EG]*|
|19||ERODED||Being eaten: ROD in DEE reversed|
|20||HUBLI||Indian city (Google again!): HUB + LI(t)|
|22||ESAU||Cheated brother: S(on) in EAU (Uganda)|
|23||AGHA||Commander: hidden (= group of insiders – nice clue)|
|24||LAIN||Remained (lie = remain): Not good at psychiatrists, but I suppose this refers to (R.D.) LAIN(g)|
|26||WIRE||Information from NY: W(ith) + IRE|
|AIT||Island: TIA (Spanish aunt) reversed|
|AWE||Wonder: A(bout) + WE|
|BETEL||Nut: BET (lay) + EL (railroad)|
|ERG||Unit of work: ERG(o)|
|EWE||Sheep: sounds like you|
|ION||Atomic physics: (l)ION|
|ROC||Fabulous bird: COR reversed|
|SEGUE||Carry on without interruption: EG in SUE (archaic for court)|
|TUN||Cask: NUT reversed|