Posted by Eileen on February 12th, 2011
I think I’ve said before that I’m always a little apprehensive when I see Brummie’s name on a puzzle that I’m about to solve, let alone blog. However, it fairly quickly all came together, although it wasn’t immediately obvious, from the first themed answer that I solved [CAGE] that this one was based on composers [my first thought was actors] – and I’m afraid that I wasn’t familiar with quite all of them, so had to resort to Google. About two thirds of the way through, I realised that all the themed words, as well as being the names of composers, were ‘normal’ words. This proved the puzzle to be a real tour de force, as it rang a bell, as I remembered a similar one, with actors’ names, so I did some research in the archive and found that not only was the one I was thinking of also by Brummie but that he had done at least a couple more: 24,821 [artists] and 25,011 [comedians]
For me, this is real class. Thank you, Brummie – another great puzzle.
There have been so many hi-tech blogs appearing lately that I had begun to think that I should retire gracefully – I never even mastered the template that delivers blogs in neat columns! – but I can, at least, supply the clues, which, I agree, after a week’s intervention, is a good idea. And, with patient guidance from Gaufrid and mhl, I think I can now supply direct links. My sincere thanks to both.
7 Northerner’s age — or diet — has no bounds (7)
GEORDIE: hidden in aGE OR DIEt: [just a week after Anax’s ‘Good English do ? makes reckless Tynesider’]
8 Say Evelyn said “Hank” (7)
WARLOCK: WAR [‘homophone’ of ‘Waugh’ – Evelyn, novelist] + LOCK [hank]. I think the first ‘say’ is ‘for example’ and ‘said’ indicates the homophone.
Peter Warlock was a pseudonym of Philip Arnold Heseltine ( 1894-1930), an Anglo-Welsh composer (mainly of songs) and music critic.
9,17 Having no master from the start, pro swallows back drink at far edge of green (8)
FREEBORN: REEB [reversal of BEER in FOR [pro] + [gree]N
10 Small sketch of Tom and Spike? (9)
THUMBNAIL: [Tom] THUMB + NAIL [Spike]
13 Lean right and put out bust (8)
BANKRUPT: BANK [lean] + R[ight] + UPT [anagram of PUT]
15,12 Charlie, 1960s-style girl: underwear accepted (9)
BIRDBRAIN: BIRD [1960s style girl] + BRA [underwear] + IN [accepted]. [At first, I thought this might be a reference to Charlie “Bird” Parker.]
16 Miss going east of eastern tip of Shandong (5)
GLASS: LASS [miss] going after [east of] [shandon]G
Philip Glass (born 1937) is an American music composer, considered to be one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century.
18 Gave credit for publicity about writer (8)
ASCRIBED: AD [publicity] round SCRIBE [writer]
20 Familiar state, yet unfamiliar (5)
MATEY: MA [Massachusetts state] + TEY [anagram of YET
21 Dog hides tail after phosphorous feed (9).
PROVENDER: P [phosphorous feed] + END [tail] in ROVER [dog] Edit: ‘feed’, of course, is the definition – thanks , tupu.
22 Say Bill is rejected (4)
CAGE: EG [say] + AC [bill] all reversed
John Milton Cage Jr. ( 1912-1992) was an American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist, artist, printmaker and amateur mycologist and mushroom collector. Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde and is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4?33?, the three movements of which are performed without a single note being played.
24 Flanks of inferior antelope (7)
IRELAND: I[nferio]R + ELAND [antelope]: this creature is certainly no stranger to crosswords but I thought this was a very ingenious treatment.
John Nicholson Ireland ( 1879-1962) was an English composer.
25 Performing is welcomed by the Bee Gees, family-wise (7)
GIBBONS: ON [performing] inside [the] GIBBS, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees
The Gibbons I’m more familiar with is Orlando – an English composer of the late Tudor and early Jacobean periods but, since he is around three hundred years ‘older’ than any of the other composers, it’s probably more likely that Brummie was referring to Jack Gibbons (born 2 March 1962) an English classical pianist and composer. [7.30a.m. I’ve just looked at the annotated solution and it gives Orlando only.]
1 Strange date ditched (4)
Hurrah – a woman! [Why are there so few?] Judith Weir CBE, (born 1954 in Cambridge, England of Scottish parents) is a British composer. She was Professor of Music at Cardiff University.
2 A friend he lost (I lost), executed naturally (8)
FREEHAND: anagram of A FRIEND HE, minus I
3 No time to drink up (6)
PISTON: reversal of NO T[ime] + SIP [drink]
Walter Piston (1894-1976) was an American composer of classical music, music theorist and influential professor of music at Harvard University whose many students included Leroy Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, and Elliott Carter.
4 Doctor Richard Leakey’s fossil hunters famously did in 1984 (8)
SAWBONES: SAW BONES: a reference to the discovery of Turkana Boy, the nearly complete skeleton of a Homo ergaster (though some, including Leakey, call it erectus) who died 1.6 million years ago at about age 9-12. Richard Leakey is, of course, a doctor, but here ‘Doctor’ is the definition [and not, as often, an anagram indicator] – super clue!
5 Broadcast about sports body star (6)
ALTAIR: AIR [broadcast] around LTA [Lawn Tennis Association]
6 As carboxylic acid is lacy, top to bottom (4)
ACYL: LACY, with the first letter moved to the end. A new word for me.
11 Out of bed, possibly dreadlocked, so dressed down (9)
UPBRAIDED: UP [out of bed] + BRAIDED [possibly dreadlocked]
12 Chablis ousts tea on Sunday! (5)
BLISS: Chablis minus CHA [tea] + S[unday]
Sir Arthur Edward Drummond Bliss, CH, KCVO ( 1891-1975) was a British composer who became Master of the Queen’s Music in 1953.
14 Catherine the Sixth (unknown) (5)
PARRY: PARR [Catherine, sixth wife of Henry VIII, who outlived him] + Y [unknown]
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, (1848 – 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music, perhaps best known for ‘Jerusalem’ but this would be my music of the day.
16 “Side Wall” has old Hollywood heartthrob teamed with Close (5,3)
GABLE END: [Clark] GABLE + END [close]
17 But beach bum is a water softener (4,4)
BATH CUBE: anagram of BUT BEACH
19 Act like a pig, covering flipping lot with eggs (6)
ROOTLE: ROE [eggs] round anagram of LOT
20 Big fish — both sides consumed by chief (6)
MARLIN:RL [both sides] in MAIN [chief]
21 Gin tipped over? (4)
PART: reversal of TRAP [gin]
Arvo Pärt (born 1935] is an Estonian classical composer and one of the most prominent living composers of sacred music.
23 Kelly, one of many passed on?
GENE: double definition: Gene Kelly, of Singin’ in the Rain’ fame: