Posted by PeeDee on March 2nd, 2011
Gozo again proves himself to be a master of the grid, all the across solutions are Shakespeare characters, and they combine to make some great anagrams.
Unfortunately, inventive as the format is, the crossword as a whole felt very unbalanced to me. Down the way the standard clues were very easy indeed, whereas across the way I was completely out of my depth. I only solved this by enlisting the aid of Wikipedia and going through lists of Shakespeare characters one by one looking for matching letters. Only a handful of characters I spotted unaided.
My feeling that this would have worked really well with some tough down clues to match the across clues. Maybe a special prize puzzle, the sort that takes a week to get right.
I’m still unsure of 1 & 4 across. Any help sorting this out would be appreciated.
|1||BULLEN||Henry VIII Could be BULLEN, alternate spelling to Boleyn, but then I can’t complete the anagram for 4 across|
|4||DERCETAS||Antony and Cleopatra Could be DERCETUS, but then I can’t complete the anagram for 1 across.|
|12||GRATIANO||The Merchant of Venice|
|13||SIMPLE||The Merry Wives of Windsor|
|15||PETO||Henry IV parts 1 & 2|
|16||HOLOFERNES||Love’s Labour’s Lost|
|20||EROS||Antony and Cleopatra|
|23||TYBALT||Romeo and Juliet|
|27||FLORIZEL||The Winter’s Tale|
|29||LADY GREY||Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III|
|30||LAUNCE||The Two Gentlemen of Verona|
|1||BRING UP||Brother and RING UP (call)|
|2||LOOK AFTER||(TAKE FLOOR)*|
|3||EMETIC||ITEM reversed inside EC (City of London postcode)|
|5||ETON||English TON (fashion)|
|6||CODRIVER||COD and RIVER|
|11||IN DOUBT||Industrialist (first letter of) BOUND* and Time|
|14||TO TASTE||Definition, and reference to Shakespear play.|
|17||NARRATION||ARRAN reversed and INTO*|
|18||DIALLING||LAID reversed and LING (heather)|
|19||FATEFUL||Female A (one) FLUTE*|
|21||SAO TOME||TOO* inside SAME|
|22||SPARTA||PART inside South Australia, city of ancient Greece|
|24||BROAD||B (second class) ROAD|
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