Posted by duncanshiell on March 30th, 2011
The preamble told us that just over half of the clues contain a superfluous word. The first letters of these, in clue order, spell out a tribute. The subject of this, its creators and the sentiment and broader context in which it appears should be highlighted (34 squares in total) in the completed grid.
I started this puzzle a few days after it was published and was a bit worried that I might run into time difficulties if it was really difficult. In the event, I found it to be one the easier Inquisitors I have solved recently. A number of clues fell quickly in the NW corner giving a good base to expand to the rest of the grid. The extra words seemed to be fairly obvious. I have learnt from experience that adjectives and adverbs are prime candidates for extra words. Also, if there is going to be a hidden word clue, the extra word will lie between the words hlding the hidden answer (e.g. 33 down).
The parsing of the clues was clear.
The first letters of the extra words yielded the phrase SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND (22 words and letters from 42 clues, so the preamble was spot on when it said just over half the clues held an extra word)
Perhaps not surprisingly, the first port of call, the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, did not yield the source of this phrase. Resorting to Google revealed that the phrase is the title of a 9-part tribute to SYD BARRETT, a former band member of PINK FLOYD. It was recorded on the PINK FLOYD concept album WISH YOU WERE HERE in 1975, having been first performed in France in 1974. Clearly WISH YOU WERE HERE also reflects the sentiment referred to in the preamble. All of the names and phrases highlighted in red can be found in the completed grid as shown below. There are 34 characters involved.
BARRETT died in 2006, aged 60, but he left PINK FLOYD in 1968 for reasons that Wikipedia suggest were related to mental illness and drug use.
PINK FLOYD were also the subject of Listener Crossword 4051, Joint Wisdom by Rok, in 2009.
There were more everyday words in this puzzle than is the case with many barred crosswords, although there were one or two words that were new to me e.g. REIF, YOUK and KYPE in the acrosses. It provided a satisfying couple of hours entertainment. There were a couple of fully checked entries – YOUK and WERE. Indeed I didn’t notice YOUK until I came to write the blog.
|No.||Clues (showing superfluous word in red)||Letter||Wordplay||Entry|
|1||Part of chicken cooked when hob is less hot (8)||Anagram of (cooked) WHEN HOB IS excluding (less) H (hot)||WISHBONE (part of chicken)|
|8||Fire indiscriminately and seize plunder (4)||S||Anagram of (indiscriminately) FIRE||REIF (spoliation; plunder)|
|11||Onset of sloth causes the downfall of sluggish people (6)||First letter S of (onset of) SLOTH + NAILS (causes the downfall of)||SNAILS (sluggish people)|
|12||Fool is hiding behind American (3)||H||ASS (American word for ARSE; behind)||ASS (fool) double definition|
|13||Ukraine’s taken aback by African country impounding your plane (8)||UA (International Vehicle Registration for Ukraine) reversed (taken aback) + (TOGO [African country] containing [impounding] YR [your])||AUTOGYRO (a rotating-wing aircraf; plane)|
|14||To itch in some places in city – not right but acceptable (4)||YORK (English city) replacing (not) R (right) with (but) U (acceptable)||YOUK (itch)|
|15||Boy or girl backing nothing before start of Derby, for example (7)||NIL (nothing) reversed (backing) + first letter D of (start of) DERBY + SAY (for example)||LINDSAY (name for a boy or a girl) I thought the female spelling was more likely to be LINDSEY, but a bit of research shows that the spelling with an A is used for both boys and girls.|
|16||Analyse East Indian dialect (6)||I||PARSE (analyse) + E (east)||PARSEE (a Persian dialect)|
|18||Nobody supported plot involving air staff (5)||N||BED (plot, think gardening) containing AS (air staff)||BASED (supported)|
|21||Ulcer erupted on face of body found in lichens (8)||E||SORE (ulcer) + DIAL (face)||SOREDIAL (a small vegetative body found in lichen)|
|24||Scaffold supports chartered surveyor holding implement with teeth (8)||CS (chartered surveyor) containing (holding) RIPPLE (a toothed implement for removing seeds)||CRIPPLES (brackets attached to ladders on the ridge of a roof to support scaffold boards)|
|26||Clumsy loser’s landing between ladders (5)||Anagram of (clumsy) LOSER||SOLER (a landing between ladders in a mine)|
|27||An excrescence in over 75% of luxuriant plants (6)||O||PIN (excrescence) contained in (in) LUSH (luxuriant) excluding the H thereby leaving 75% of the letters||LUPINS (plants)|
|28||Walls cover bird with thick yellowish fluid (7)||TEAL (bird) contained in (cover with) PUS (thick yellowish fluid)||PUTEALS (walls round the tops of wells)|
|31||Where Henry Newton went and lived (4)||N||WHERE excluding (went) H (Henry)||WERE (lived)|
|33||Powerfully influenced leader of Yemeni rebels occupying international meeting place (8; two words)||Y||First letter R of (leading) REBELS contained in (occupying) (INT [international] + HALL [meeting place])||IN THRALL (powerfully influenced)|
|34||Railway sleeper’s level? Almost (3)||TIED (level) excluding the final letter (almost) D||TIE (railway sleeper)|
|35||Assembled equipment on tripod for portrait (6)||KIT (equipment assembled for some specific purpose) + CAT (a double tripod with 6 legs)||KIT-CAT (a portrait 36 inches by 28 inches in size)|
|36||Hook’s first of old pirates surrounded by cows (4)||O||First letter P of (first) PIRATES contained in (surrounded by) KYE (cows)||KYPE (a hook on the lower jaw of a mature male salmon)|
|37||Ornamental lampstand from carved tree with unusual gold and chestnut inlay (8)||U||Anagram of (carved …. with) TREE and OR (gold) and CH (chestnut)||TORCHÈRE (ornamental lampstand)|
Clue (showing superfluous word in red)
|2||Enthusiastic about fashionable city centre in Victoria (4)||C||IN (fashionable) + TO (central letters of VICTORIA)||INTO (enthusiastic)|
|3||Part of crust regularly contains a lump like a granular deposit (8)||R||SAL (the light upper part of the earth’s continental crust) containing (contains) A BURR (a lump)||SABURRAL (like a granular deposit)|
|4||Former Australian cricketer’s an unsophisticated fellow (4)||A||HICK (reference Graeme Hick, Zimbabwean born cricketer for Worcesershire and England in the 1990s and early 2000s)||HICK (unsophisticated fellow) double definition|
|5||Censured monk endlessly occupying place in hospital (6)||LAMA (Buddhist monk) excluding the final A (endlessly) contained in (occupying) BED (place in hospital)||BLAMED (censured)|
|6||It doesn’t think a 2 zero is odd (4)||Z||Anagram of (is odd) INTO (the answer to 2 down)||NOT-I (that which is not the conscious ego; it doesn’t think)|
|7||A man gone astray (4)||Anagram of (astray) GONE||EGON (a man’s name)|
|8||American lawyer with yen to pursue newspaper’s money-raising event (6, two words)||RAG (newspaper) + DA (District Attorney; American lawyer) + Y (yen)||RAG DAY (in British Universities, the day on which charitable money-making activities are organised)|
|9||Former PM has no coat in foreign land (6)||DISRAELI (reference Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister in the second half of the 19th Century) excluding the first and last letters (D and I has no coat)||ISRAEL (foreign land)|
|10||Nightingale possibly starts to fascinate young London ornithologist (3)||Y||First letters F, L and O of (starts to) FASCINATE LONDON ORNITHOLOGIST||FLO (reference Florence Nightingale)|
|11||Certain people, with no end of interference, stopping sister’s use of an astringent (7)||TYPES (certain people) excluding E, the last letter of (end of) INTERFERENCE contained in (stopping) SIS (sister)||STYPSIS (astringent)|
|15||Sir is shaken after dreadful Latin and English lessons (5)||D||L (Latin) + E (English) + anagram of (is shaken) SIR||LEIRS (lessons)|
|17||Bemoans people with large appetites audibly (5)||WAILS sounds like (audibly) WHALES (people with large appetites)||WAILS (bemoans)|
|19||Outstanding quaility of square in front of foreign church (8)||S (square) + ALIEN (foreign) + CE (Church [of England])||SALIENCE (outstanding quality, a SALIENT is outstanding or prominent)|
|20||Interns don’t agree on opinion in Norfolk town hospital’s department (7)||I||DISS (Norfolk town) + ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat, a hospital department)||DISSENT (don’t agree on an opinion)|
|22||Ahab’s old ship is bestowed gift (6)||A||BOUNTY (reference Mutiny on the Bounty; the Bounty was an 18th century sailing ship)||BOUNTY (bestowed gift) double definition|
|23||Start to hack for second time in dry laugh (6)||TEE-TEE (teetotal; dry) with the second T (time) replaced by (for) H the first letter of (start to) HACK||TEE-HEE (laugh)|
|25||Barrel I put in hollow upside down is in open view (6)||(BL [barrel] + I) contained in (put in) CUP [hollow] reversed (upside down)||PUBLIC (in open view)|
|29||Assign a portion of marshy land to the rear of allotment (4)||M||ARE (a unit of metric land measure; a portion of land) + T (final letter of [rear of] ALLOTMENT)||ARET (assign)|
|30||Means of catching obscure wild animals (not one used in part of Italy) (4)||O||LAZIO (a region of West Central Italy) excluding (not used) I (one)||LAZO (lasso; means of catching wild animals)|
|31||Using an elastic handle on tool (4||WITH (alternative spelling of WITHE [an elastic handle on a tool])||WITH (using) double definition|
|32||Erect new public lavatory (4)||N||REAR (public lavatory)||REAR (erect) double definition|
|33||Dark liquid swallowed by vermin doesn’t kill (3)||D||Hidden word in (swallowed by) VERMIN KILL||INK (dark liquid)|