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Enigmatic Variations No 951 Half and Half by Rustic

Posted by twencelas on February 5th, 2011

twencelas.

Half the clues are normal and half need alteration. Where a conflict arises, this must be resolved to produce a real word. Simplicity personified for an EV, or so it sounds.  Will half and half become a pint of light ale or a heavy stout?

This certainly proved a workout to expel any excesses from the Christmas period. Certainly, in my book this was a difficult grid fill, with no promise of a hidden message to be revealed on its completion or provide assistance along the way. But in the end, with the benefit of three sittings, I got there.

Hats off to a masterful construction by Rustic to meet the rules, he had set for the puzzle. The construction of a symmetrical grid, containing 40 words – 20 across and 20 down, then to change 10 of each of the across and down answers  to produce a full grid of real words.

That’s before considering the clues themselves. He certainly has my admiration.

I’ve numbered the unchanged answers as a cross check for the half and half in the title.

Key: * (anagram); Rev (Reversed); DD (Double definition); Bold (definition)

ACROSS

Clue Original Answer Changed answer
1 Start to taste fruit melting(4)
T (start to taste) + haw (fruit)
THAW 1
4 Claim from Yorkshire town not initiated (8)
Harrogate – H (not initiated)
ARROGATE ABROGATE
11 Group of islands hinder return of a disease (5)
Rev ci (channel islands) + bar (hinder)
RABIC 2
13 Nick underwent one (5)
Sat (underwent) + an (one)
SATAN SARAN
14 Firmly implant nut’s support (6)
En (nut) + root (support)
ENROOT 3
15 French tutor starts to slander Spanish head of
religious establishment
(6)
Abbe (French tutor) + s + s (starts of slander and Spanish)
ABBESS 4
16 Smear with oil once Ainslee is going sick (5)
(ainslee – is)*
ANELE 5
18 Insincere praise from cook drinking espresso (8)
Fry (cook) around latte (coffee – not exactly espresso)
FLATTERY SLITTERS
19 Learning established usage as reported (4)
Homonym of law (establish usage)
LORE 6
22 Compel trade to forfeit two million(6)
Commerce (trade) – 2 x m (million)
COERCE 7
24 A bear’s waste contains sulphur (6)
Urine (waste) around S (Sulphur)
URSINE ARSINE
26 Detroit bans most of the bread (4)
Nathan {Detroit} – th (most of the)
NAAN 8
28 Elevated rope on east bell (8)
Tow (rope) + e (east) + ring (bell)
TOWERING TOLERANT
31 Son rushed to shop (5)
S (son) + tore (rushed)
STORE STARE
33 Cheers long delayed in
middle of test (6)
Es (middle of test) around late (long delayed)
ELATES ELATER
34 Bird fails to finish beer (6)
Bittern – n (fails to finish)
BITTER BITTEN
35 Opuntia. The first two found in Northern Alabama (5)
Op in N + Al (Alabama)
NOPAL (cactus) NEPAL
36 Poet’s even caught first organ swimming (5)
Ct (caught) + ene (even)
CTENE 9
37 Legless lizard is not tall with truncated shape (8)
S + low (not tall) + w (with) + ormer (ear shaped)  – er
SLOWWORM GLOWWORM
38 Mechanics lack Ian’s skills (4)
Artisans (mechanics) – (ians)* – a little tenuous I think
ARTS 10

DOWN

Clue Original Answer Changed answer
1 Woody plants in small groups lack height (5)
Threes (small groups) – h (height)
TREES 1
2 Dance for Scots vagrant without work (7)
Landloper  (scottish word for tramp) – op (work)
LANDLER HANDLER
3 Timid one gets help on Friday (6)
A (one) + fr (Friday) + aid (help)
AFRAID ABRAID
5 Allow Spenser’s brute to get elderly uncle (7)
Bête (brute) around eme (uncle)
BETEEME 2
6 Study some animal’s stomach (4)
DD
READ REAL
7 Eats greedily slobbering horribly spitting out most of
peel (7)
(slobbering – rin (most of rind {peel})*
GOBBLES GABBLES
8 Metric unit and at first what it measures (4)
Are (unit) + a (at first)
AREA 3
9 Australian crook rates stun gun (5)
(rates)* – Australian crook is ill and indicates an anagram here
TASER 4
10 Pete worried after being put under water for poet (7)
Ens (being) + (pete)*
ENSTEEP 5
12 Short stories about street disputes (8)
Contes (short stories) about st (street)
CONTESTS CONTENTS
17 Inner secret leaders of Ionic Order obscured (8)
(secret + I + i)*
ESOTERIC 6
20 Prohibition on Sumner leaving society and losing weight (7)
Ban (prohibition) + Sting (Gordon Sumner – s (society))
BANTING BANTENG
21 Sound bell before Tyler returns for game (7, 2 words)
Ring (bell) + Rev(Wat {Tyler})
RINGTAW 7
22 Alarm spread around most of poor Indian region (7)
(alarm)* around (bad – d {poor})
MALABAR CALABAR (as in -bean) also mentioned in preamble
23 Change number in secret (7)
N(number) in covert (secret)
CONVERT CONVENT
25 Destroy college’s measure of wine (6)
C (college) + anker (measure of wine)
CANKER CANTER
27 Gene from everything on the wing (5)
All (everything) + el (wing)
ALLEL 8
29 Accents of the ones in the countryside (6)
T(The dialect) + ones
TONES 9
30 Criminal winning all the
tricks except the last (4)
Capot – last (winning all tricks in piquet)
CAPO 10
32 Vessel with British equipment (4)
B (British) + rig (equipment)
BRIG TRIO

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