Posted by Uncle Yap on March 1st, 2011
What a tour de force by Crucible. I was thoroughly tested by several ingenious cryptic devices composed around the Musical Greats. Alas, not only did I have to solve them, but also to explain them in this blog. Took me a long time today and Wikipedia once again served as my source for a morning of education and entertainment.
Bravo! Crucible! Bravo! Maestro!
1 DEVICE Ins of VI (sixth) C (concerto) in DEE
4 LYRICAL *(CYRIL & AL) cleverly using et (Latin for and) as conjunction; misleading solver with et al, an abbreviation in its own right for et alibi , and elsewhere; et alii, aliae or alia , and other (people or things).
9 STRINGENT Ins of RING (Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung) is a cycle of four epic operas by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813–83) in S (second) & TENT (canvas)
10 ETUDE *(English DUET) a short composition for a solo instrument; intended as an exercise or to demonstrate technical virtuosity
11 ADIEU *(IDEA schUbert)
12 POLONAISE *(LEO PIANOS, answer to 15) a Polish national dance or promenade of slow movement in 3-4 time
13 RECITAL A cunning anagram clue implying that the answer plus HAT would be an anagram for THEATRICAL or *(THEATRICAL minus HAT)
15 PIANOS Ins of O (old) in *(SPAIN)
17 ENTREE ha
19 BOHEMIA Ins of *(HOME) in BIA (initial letters of Born In Austria-hungary) and a probable &lit seeing that Mahler came from very humble beginning
22 ADULATION *(LAUDER minus ER, the queen) with Harry as anagrin and indeed, Sir Harry Lauder (1870 – 1950) was a real person – AT & I ON (rev of No 1)
24 OPERA O (jOy) PER (rev of REP, theatre) A; what a crafty allusion to Verdi’s Ode to Joy
26 LISZT Ins of S (soprano) in LIZ (Elizabeth II, monarch of UK) + T (tenor)
27 INSTITUTE Ins of TIT (bird) in *(I TUNES)
28 ROSTRUM R (first letter of Rattle) + *(TOURS) M (money)
29 MEDLEY MEDDLE (fiddle) minus D + Y (Yankee)
1 DESPAIR Ins of A (last letter of AIDA) in *(PRIDE’S) I was looking frantically for the connection between slough and despair and my trusty Chambers came to my rescue : the Slough of Despond (the state of) extreme despondency, great depression.
2 VERDI *(DRIVEn) and of course, he wrote Aida
3 CONDUCTOR dd a conductor will take an electrical charge and Mahler was the conductor at the Vienna Opera around 1900
4 LET SLIP Ins of *(SILENT minus Name) in LP (long play, old record)
What a clever ruse to use movie as anagrin.
5 RHEIN *(IN HER) The Rhinemaidens are the three water-nymphs (Rheintöchter or “Rhine daughters”) who appear in Richard Wagner’s opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. This is the German spelling for the familiar RHINE
6 CRUCIFORM CRUCIble (I’m mostly) FOR (in favour of) M (Mass) for something shaped like a cross
7 LIEDER Sounds like LEADER. The concertmaster/mistress (from German Konzertmeister) is the leader of the first violin section of an orchestra. In the UK, the term commonly used is leader. Schubert (1797 – 1828) was a prolific composer who wrote some 600 lieder.
8 PEN PAL *(PIANO PLAYER minus ORIYA) another cunning and devious anagram device
14 CONQUESTS Substitution of QUEST (search) for CERT (certainty) in CONCERTS
16 APHRODITE *(HIT OPERA, answer to 24Across, Down) What a sly setter Crucible is. When I was parsing this, I said to myself, “Opera is the answer to 24 A and there is no 24 D”
18 ELITISM ha
19 BANISH Ins of NI (middle letters of miNIms) in BASH (do or party)
20 ACADEMY Ins of *(MADE) in A CITY minus IT (sex appeal)
21 MAHLER *(Made LEHAR)
23 ACTOR A + ins of TO in CR (credit)
25 EQUAL Ins of QUA (half the letter in QUAver, semiquaver) in EL (Spanish definite article)
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram