Posted by beermagnet on March 12th, 2011
A puzzle curiously centred on “Rear Window” – not only the Hitchcock film, but also the various signs and items that may be seen in the rear window of a car.
While solving I wondered if Fuzzy dice and Bongos would appear – but they are normally cluttering up the windscreen. (Not to mention items such as a plastic brontosaurus found hanging in my girlfriend’s car instead of a rear view mirror when I first knew her.)
NINA: Can I see one?
With this grid design and its perimeter unches I was on the lookout for a perimetrical Nina but I can’t see anything. My suspicions were aroused when “RANSOM” appeared up the left hand side (and I mistakenly thought it was a Hitchcock film). So I believe this grid is only more directly themed on 23A.
Hold on – Now seen it! it’s TRANSOM which is a type of window (above a door), Rear-ing, on the left as defined in the bit Of 23A’s clue I didn’t take any notice of till doing this blog. What’s the chances I’ve missed something else?
Most important transom window I’ve ever seen is that in the Newgrange burial mound in the Boyne valley. Magical.
|6/21/22||MOTHER-IN-LAW IN BOOT|| Forced horrible woman into compartment at back? Not right – it’s a joke (one hopes) in 23 (6-2-3,2,4) [23=Rear Window]
Hmm. An example of a “fun car sign” eh? Definitely an example of a clue I can’t parse so I think it is just a charade of MOTHER-IN-LAW (horrible woman) IN BOOT (into compartment at back). But that leaves “Forced” and “Not right” unused?
Thanks to Anax at comment 1 we now know this wordplay is
(HORRIBLE WOMAN INTO [compartmen]T – R)* AInd: Forced
|7||PRINCESS|| Alternative to 25 when 17 is included in crowd (8) [25=Baby; 17=On board]
INC[luded] inside PRESS (crowd)
|9||OKRA|| Partly cook raw vegetable (4)
Hidden in coOK RAw
|10||GRACE KELLY|| Hurry – King stops explosive performer in 23 and 7A (5,5) [23=Rear Window; 17=Princess]
RACE (hurry) K[ing] inside GELLY (explosive) plus two definitions for the former Princess of Monaco
|11||SWAT|| Thailand at first was badly hit (4)
(WAS)* AInd:badly, T[hailand]
|13||MOODY|| Sullen doctor taking overdose – hear why (5)
MO (doctor) OD (overdose) Y (“why”)
|14||TAHR|| Animal teacher’s regulars (4)
Alternate TeAcHeR. Know your Asian ungulates: No 1. The Tahr
|15/16||NODDING DOG|| Agreeing to follow inhabitant of 23 (7,3)
NODDING (Agreeing) DOG (to follow). Another inhabitant of the parcel shelf – often as a free gift from an insurance company?
|20||AGOG|| Highly excited, turn Georgia over (4)
GO (turn) GA (Georgia) all reversed
|22||ITCH|| Longing to throw leader out (4)
|23||REAR WINDOW|| Coded word in English war film giving clue to what’s left (4,6)
(WORD IN E[nglish] WAR)* AInd: coded
|25/17||BABY ON BOARD|| ‘Bad boy!’ baron delivered warning in 23 (4,2,5)
(BAD BOY BARON)* AInd: delivered. The classic rear window sign.
|27||TSARISTS|| Harry sits with star supporters of royalty (8)
(SITS STAR)* AInd: harry
|28||ERODED|| Journalist travelled in, the worse for wear (6)
RODE (travelled) inside ED (Journalist)
|1||COCK|| Largely arrogant bird with 22A, EastEnders’ 23 director (4)
COCK[y] with 22A (Itch) gives ‘Itchcock which is the “cockney” H-dropping way of saying Alfred Hitchcock, director of Rear Window.
|2||THWART|| Stop woman being derogatory about husband and wife (6)
TART (woman, being derogatory) about H[usband], W[ife]. Def: Stop
I marked this as my favourite clue – great surface, an &Lit really?
|3||DRAGOMAN|| Guide 6 into 6/21 traditionally (8)
MA (6 – mother) in DRAGON (6/21 – mother-in-law)
|4||LIVERY|| Be extremely rowdy in uniform (6)
LIVE (Be) R[owd]Y
|5||ACHE|| Master’s beginning to howl in pain (4)
H[owl] inside ACE (Master)
|7||PLAY ON|| Mountain climbing – that’s one way to get out (4,2)
ALP< (Mountain climbing) YON (that) Def: one way to get out. This is where the batsman accidentally knocks the ball onto the stumps.
|8||SULPHURIC|| Henry positive about taking one form of acid or another (9)
(H[enry] PLUS)< (Henry positive about) URIC (one form of acid) Def: another (form of acid). I see by international convention in the scientific literature it is now spelled sulfuric.
|12||WRONGNESS|| Grown unreliable, head’s not the right quality (9)
(GROWN)* AInd: unreliable NESS (head)
|14||TOO|| In shtook? Extremely (3)
Hidden in scTOOk
|18||NEWSWEEK|| Cutting modern look for women’s magazine (8)
W[omen] inside NEW (modern) SEEK (look)
|19||GLADYS|| German woman’s name (6)
G[erman] LADY’S (woman’s)
|21||ICIEST|| Parisian here is extremely distant (6)
ICI EST (here is – en Francais)
|24||RARE|| Unusual poison copper missed (4)
|26||BOER|| Old farmer’s dog showing no sign of affection (4)
BO[x]ER Remove x = Kiss from the Boxer dog