Posted by duncanshiell on January 14th, 2011
Seeing the word KING in every across clue made me think back to Bonxie’s rather difficult puzzle of last week when LEFT began all the Down clues and four of the Across clues. Fortunately, for me at least , this puzzle was easier.
The Across entries to Brendan’s puzzle, gave us a good mix of royalty from across the world and across the ages, together with a couple of people whose surnames were KING. However there were also clues where KING was used as a misdirection, or part of the wordplay so the puzzle was not just a trawl through history.
I wonder if 5 down was the last word that Brendan put into the puzzle. I couldn’t find the answer, OCTANGLE, in Chambers although OCTANGULAR is there. I did however find OCTANGLE in both Collins and the Shorter Oxford so perhaps it is not as unusual a word as I first thought.
The grid is of a design where there is often a message hidden in the perimeter squares, but there is nothing there today.
This is a puzzle that tests ones knowledge of Greek mythology, birds, anatomy, literature, religion, agriculture, royal history, tennis, playing cards, chess, armed forces history, forestry, animals, ancient geography, geometry, London shopping areas, old words, horse-riding, advertising, food & drink, African geography and general knowledge of words. All in all, a very pleasant start to the morning.
|8||MENUS (lists of options) containing (putting … in) (ALE [drink] reversed [back])||MENELAUS (in Greek mythology, a King of Sparta)|
|9||CROW (rooks are a gregarious species of crow) + N (knight, in one form of chess terminology)||CROWN (make king)|
|10||Hidden word in (from) VICIOUS KING||SKIN (hide)|
|11||OZ (ounce; little weight) + anagram of (foolishly) MANY SAID||OZYMANDIAS (‘King of Kings’ in the poem ‘Ozymandias ‘by Shelley)|
|12 / 22||MARTIN LUTHER (Christian names of Martin Luther King) I wonder if there were also a King Martin and a King Luther somewhere in history? Possibly, but in the time available, searching for ‘King Martin’ and ‘King Luther’ on the web brought up only the two people referenced here. A quick look in Bradfords Lists doesn’t produce a King Martin or King Luther either, so perhaps the clue is just as a simple reference to the Christian names and the reformer.)||MARTIN [LUTHER] (German priest, 1483 – 1546, who initiated the protestant Reformation.)|
|14||Hidden word (in part) KING AT HEREFORD I started off thinking about Hereward the Wake. I have since discovered he wasn’t a King anyway.||INGATHER (collect harvest)|
|15||E (English) + D (duke) + (D [died] contained in [in] WARS [conflicts] )||EDWARDS (reference to the various King Edwards who have reigned in Britain over the years)|
|17||FED (dined) + ER (Edward Rex; king) + ER (Edward Rex again [repeatedly]; king))||FEDERER (reference Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player who has won just about everything more than once; court champion)|
|20||FACE (to brave, in the sense of confront) + CARD (a comical or eccentric person; jester)||FACE CARD (the King is one of the face cards in a standard pack of cards)|
|22||See 12 / 22 above||[MARTIN] LUTHER|
|23||BILLIE JEAN (reference Billie Jean King, American tennis player. Her career spanned many years, but she was most dominant in the late 1960s and early 1970s winning many Grand Slam titles)||BILLIE JEAN (cryptic definition with the references to tennis rackets and score of titles. I am not sure whether there were 20 [score] specific important titles that she won)|
|24||MATE (reference ‘mate’ or ‘checkmate’ in chess which is the position where the King cannot escape from check by any legitimate move; hopeless position)||MATE (friend)|
|25||HERD (rabble) containing (without; outside) O (love)||HEROD (reference King Herod; cruel King of Judea, responsible for the massacre of babies in Bethlehem as described in stories of the Nativitiy)|
|26||SING (celebrate) containing (about) HILL (rise)||SHILLING (reference ‘the King’s Shilling’ which was paid to recruits (willing or otherwise) into the armed forces many years ago)|
|1||DECK HAND (cryptic definition of a hand of cards that comprises all the cards in the pack). See also Andrew’s more rigorous parsing at comment 1 below – DECK (all the cards) + HAND (the card’s of just one person)||DECK HAND (an ordinary sailor; a person employed on deck)|
|2||Anagram of (rewritten) WHEN||HEWN (cut)|
|3||BOON (blessing) containing (includes) (A + B [bishop])||BABOON (primate)|
|4||(Anagram of [somehow] AS I SAY) containing (crossing) R (river)||ASSYRIA (an ancient Kingdom centred on the Upper Tigris River in present day Iraq)|
|5||(O [old] + TANGLE [muddle]) containing C (caught)||OCTANGLE (described in Collins English Dictionary as a less common name for an octagon; a plane figure)|
|6||BOND (reference James Bond; spy) + anagram of (wandering) SETTER||BOND STREET (a London shopping street, noted for jewellers of distinction, designer fashion and exclusive brands [according to Wikipedia])|
|7||IN CASE (in the event that; in order to make safe; precautionary phrase)||INCASE (surround or cover; a common word in barred crosswords along with its more commonly used mate ‘encase’)|
|13||TRAVELLERS (reference to the phrase ‘travel broadens the mind’; people who travel should therefore become less narrow-minded)||TRAVELLERS (salesmen who travel for companies; representatives)|
|16||Anagram of (awful) DEEDS AND||DEAD ENDS (passages closed at one end; blind alleys. Technically they must offer a way out – i.e. the way you came in, but colloquially they are considered to offer no way out if some nasty person or evil thing is blocking the way you came in)|
|18||T (time) contained in EVENING (later part of the day)||EVENTING (the sport of horse-riding in three-day events)|
|19||AD (advertisement) + VERSE (poetry) – an advertising jingle could be considered to be poetry using a fairly loose interpretation of the word ‘poetry”.||ADVERSE (inauspicious)|
|21||ALIGHT (consumed by fire)||ALIGHT (land, as a verb, to come down onto the ground or shore)|
|22||LENT (in the Christian religion, a period of fasting) + I (one) + L (fifty)||LENTIL (seed of leguminous plant; pulse)|
|24||Hidden word in (part of) SOMALIA||MALI ([another] country in Africa)|