# Fifteensquared

## Enigmatic Variations No 947 Good Cheer by MynoT

Posted by twencelas on January 8th, 2011

So its Boxing day and the only one of the three (Inquisitor/Listener/EV) to be published this Christmas week. Sounds like a Christmas theme which promises to provide the solver with GOOD CHEER. Each across clue is missing a letter, which when read in clue order gives an instruction to complete the puzzle. So will the puzzle live up to its billing?

As is my policy, where one set of clues is normal, I started on the downs. A good mix of easy-ish, medium and relatively obscure clues. I particularly liked 24 down – an interesting combination of a double definition and homonym. I probably cracked about 2/3rds of the clues before looking at the acrosses. It was at this point that I could see that the diagonals were showing a message (of good cheer) “God rest you merry gentlemen”.
Then to the across clues and to discover the instruction, hoping that it did n’t relate to how the downs were entered. The omission in the preamble of “Down clues are normal” made me a little wary. However, it soon became  apparent that there was no variation in how the downs were to be entered.
The message from the across clues was “Read the fourth letters” – of the clues – which gave “Highlight in grid example of anagram of two down”.
What then was 2 down LORCA and the seasonal anagram is CAROL as exemplified by “God rest you merry Gentlemen”. I must admit to spending a good few minutes looking for the word CAROL in the grid, having managed to ignore the word example in the instruction.

Completed grid

A delightful end game, to a cheering puzzle. The only criticism was of my own making, by looking at the diagonals too early in the solving. Many thanks MynoT – a perfect accompaniment to some port and stilton – GOOD CHEER indeed.
Key: Rev (reversed); * = anagram, DD = double definition)
ACROSS
DOWN
 L 1 Nyala’s relatives praised aloft (4) Rev(sung) = GNUS E 2 A poet from Balearic island having thrown off illness (5) Mallorca – ml = LORCA O 3 Enjoined Oscar to beat red stop light (7) O + (red)* + Red = ORDERED F 4 The focus point sailor has to acquire (6) Tar (sailor) + get = TARGET A 5 A fragrant oil from the South finally out in taps (6, hyphenated) Rev(attar) + t (the) = RAT-TAT N 6 Openly cook round fish (6) Fry (cook) around eel = FREELY A 8 The ammonites having shells for example (4) Hidden AMMO G 9 Dougal’s fits of stubbornness, having a bit of exercise between pauses (6) E in rests = REESTS R 10 American, some say, is unfortunately no tenor (7) (notenor)* = NORTENO A 15 In painting a medium Margaret’s beginning to imitate old record (6) Meg (Margaret) + I + lp = MEGILP M 18 Warm punches and Yule cake in good grammar school (6) Log (Yule cake) in g g s (good grammar school) = GLOGGS O 20 Extortionist has gang in Serbia? Not half (7) Ser (half Serbia) around crew = SCREWER F 21 It’s fungus causing this umpire to return to game with energy (7) Rev(ref) + ru (rugby union) + go (energy) = FERRUGO T 22 A Vatican official with information on railway (6) Data (information) on ry (railway) = DATARY W 23 Red wine is lacking success renewing longing (6) (redwineis – win)* = DESIRE O 24 Of conifer it’s a leaf? So we hear (6) DD NEEDLE of conifer’s leaf and sew (homonym of so) D 26 Pandore, for example, is in grandchild’s territory (6) Oys (grandchild’s) + ter (territory) = OYSTER O 29 For orals, perhaps, cut up manuscript (5) Rev(axe) + ms (manuscript) = EXMS W 30 A cowshed near the centre of Bayreuth (4) By + re (centre 2 characters of Bayreuth) = BYRE N 32 A kind of black or blue colour in Scotland found regularly in bullaces (4) BuLlAcEs = BLAE

### 2 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations No 947 Good Cheer by MynoT”

1. Newboy says:

For 11a my workings were
Norma = rule
n for knight

With missing letter ‘a’ Francis becomes Francais ie Frenchman from the north = Norman

2. twencelas says:

Newboy – I think I like your explanation. Why not a bilingual clue?
It was Chambers stating Francis as French in the names section that persuaded me, of my explanation. Both norm and Norma can define rule.
I suspect a third option (along teh lines of my derivation) could be
“Knight following rule is a Francis from the north”

I don’t think there is any ambiguity in the answer though.

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5 + = seven