Posted by kenmac on February 16th, 2011
A nice easy preamble for a change. We’re told that six entries are clued without definition and all the other clues generate an extra letter. The extra letters generate a “line”, which identifies the theme. Five of the six non-definitions are thematically linked “locations” and the other one is the surname of the creator. Lastly, we have to transpose two symetrically opposed letters to reveal the 10-letter word that prefixes one of the locations.
The first one I “solved” was 1 down (no definition) – BARLEY+IS+D(ay) anagrammed makes DESIRABLY. This turned out to be completely wrong and ensured that I had tremendous trouble with the LHS for ages.
Strangely enough, the first thematic I got for real was also on the LHS – 32a BULGARIA. Wondering who could have ever claimed to create Bulgaria my mind wandered off in all directions and hit upon The Wombles. By now I had enough of the extra letters to see that WOMBLES and WIMBLEDON might be lurking. From then on it was pretty much plain sailing (after I rubbed out 1 down!!)
The last piece of the puzzle was to swap the “L” from 2 down with the “R” from 31d to form GREAT-UNCLE on the main diagonal (b2-k11.) I have to say that I don’t really see what this last move lent to the puzzle; is there some significance of “going from left to right” (or something?) I checked the lyric but nothing’s jumping out.
So, there we have it. The theme (hence the “line”) is THE WOMBLES OF WIMBLEDON COMMON ARE WE by Elizabeth BERESFORD and the five linked answers are (GREAT-UNCLE) BULGARIA. TOBERMORY, ORINOCO , WELLINGTON and BUNGO.
And finally, as noted by Hi in comment 4 (below), the title COMMON KNOWLEDGE is a clever reference to the fact that The Wombles have a vast KNOWLEDGE of Wimbledon COMMON.
|3||WELLINGTON||(none)||LEW (lukewarm) (rev: over)+LING
(fish)+TON (great amount)
|9||T||EGERIA||Adviser||[col]EGE TRIA[lled] (hidden: retaining)|
|20||B||FAGOTTO||Fagotto||FAG (smoke)+BOTTO[m] (minus
|24||L||TUILYIE||(Glaswegian’s) struggle||TU (trade union)+ILL+YIE(ld) (60%) (anag:|
|26||E||RELUMED||Rekindled (in the past)||(Leonhard) EULER (rev:
|27||S||AGAR||Seaweed||A[dorn]S (gutted)+GAR (pike)|
|28||O||DO IN||Ruin||DO (ditto: duplicate)+ION (particle)|
|30||F||AECIUM||Part of mushroom (fungus)||CAFE (anag: cooked)+
(pieces of) U[ncooked]+M[eat]
|32||BULGARIA||(none)||BULG[e] (shotened)+ARIA (melody)|
|33||W||AREOLA||&lit||LOW AREA (anag: perhaps)|
|34||I||UGLIER||More grotty||UGLI (fruit)+IRE (rev: returning)|
|35||M||AVERSENESS||Reluctance||MASSES NEVER (anag:
|1||BERESFORD||(none)||BERE (barley)+S (is)+FOR
|5||D||IGNARO||Stupid person||I(sland)+DRAGON (anag: injured)|
|6||O||NAGS||Horses||G[ather] inside NAOS (temple)|
|7||N||TEA COSY||Brew warmer||STAY ONCE (anag: in order)|
|8||C||NYE||(Once) near||NY (New York)+EC (city (of London)
|11||O||IRENE||Woman of peace||[p]IONEER (anag: confounded)|
|12||M||ZERO||Cypher||[a]ZE[d] (uncovered)+ROM (gypsy)|
|16||TOBERMORY||(none)||TO BE (the future)+R (king)+MOR
|19||M||CHIAUSED||Cheated||CHI (Greek character)+AMUSED (diverted)|
|21||O||GALILEE||Israeli province||GALILEO (Astronomer)+E[spied]|
|22||N||LINEAGE||&lit||NAIL GENE (anag:
(people minus C(loudy))
|29||E||GALS||Young women||GALE (wind)+[clock]S
|31||W||ILIS(originally IRIS)||Peeper’s (eye’s) part||IR(ish)+WIS (know)|
|32||E||BAA||Bleat||BE (bill of