Posted by Hihoba on April 6th, 2011
A new Setter! I haven’t come across Rasputin before, and a very tricky crossword it was too! There was an error in the rubric, which was a bad start, but it was pretty clear that there were 36 misprints, and the corrected letters summarised a quotation. I don’t remember an Inquisitor that caused me to refer as many times to Chambers online, and I am not certain I have understood everything even now! Some nice clues, yielding the occasional smile.
I managed to start at the top left corner for a change, and this turned out to be very important, as 4D soon appeared as EGD?N, and Thomas Hardy sprang immediately to mind. The ODQ yielded the quotation “The sea changed, the fields changed, the rivers, the villages, and the people changed, yet Egdon remained.” from Hardy’s “The Return of the Native”.
So 4/24 was EGDON REMAINED and 9/31 was THOMAS HARDY. Without this early help, I might still be attempting to solve this one! “Egdon remained” is also referred to by the title “Forevermoor”.
The corrected misprinted letters spelled SEA, FIELDS, RIVERS, VILLAGES, PEOPLE, CHANGED, so there was clearly going to be some anagramming to be done. The words defined only in the rubric are shown in the table below, together with their definitions, anagrams and re-definitions.
|ANOINT||beat (see Ch)||NATION||people|
Egdon Heath appears in “The Return of the Native”, so EVITAN EHT (at 38A) was the “cryptic representation of the title” and CLYM, “the forename of one of its main characters” (Clement Yeobright) appeared at the start of the same line, all to be highlighted.
Despite finding the quotation early, I still found that it took four or five hours to complete the puzzle. (It takes longer when you have to be certain about all the wordplay for this blog.) My last solution was PIKERS (36D) where we had to find two obscure meanings of the word, hidden amongst meanings 3 and 5 of PIKE in Chambers!!
The grid is shown at the bottom.
|Clue number||Misprint||Corrected word||Answer||Definition: Wordplay|
|1||S||gossip(y)s||ROOMERS||Lodgers: sounds like rumours|
|6||E||R(o)ears||PRATTS||Rears (bottoms!): P + [START]*|
|11||A||p(o)aint||OAK EGGER||Insect: OAKER (Spenserian for ochre) round EGG|
|12||F||(H)First||UMPH||Expression of vexation: U(ffizi) + MPH (speed)|
|13||I||m(a)ice||MURIDAE||Mice: [(N)UR(S)EMAID]* (nursemaid losing head and direction)|
|17||HOMY||Comfortable: HO(use) + M(otor) Y(acht)|
|19||E||f(o)ellows||NUMEN||Presiding deity: N(ew) U(nionist) + MEN (fellows)|
|20||PTISAN||Medicine: PT (port) + IS + A + N(ew)|
|22||SATYRA||Very lecherous woman: [ASTRAY]*|
|25||L||(N)Lame||USELESS||Lame: USE LESS = economist’s basic principle|
|27||D||Lea(r)d||LYM||Lead (leash – obsolete): L(onel)Y + M(adness)|
|28||S||(y)south||EVITA||Eva Peron (Person – no S(outh)) – “Don’t cry for me, Argentina” = didn’t seek nation’s sympathy – excellent clue!|
|30||R||inve(s)rted||NEH||Short for Nehemiah (book): HEN reversed|
|32||I||f(a)ixed||ENIGMAS||Statements with hidden meanings: [GASMEN I]*|
|34||V||lea(s)ves||ATTRAP||Poetic adorn: ATTAP (leaves) round R, (writing is one of the three Rs)|
|37||E||(v)east||YEALMS||Bundles (dialect): Y (co-ordinate) + E(ast) + ALMS|
|38||R||T(w)ree||KAURI||Tree: sounds like COWRIE. Nice clue!|
|39||S||Measure(d)s||TUNS||Measures: STUN with S moved to end|
|41||V||Peru(g)vians||IN CASH||Liquid: INCAS + H(angover)|
|44||ALBAN||First British martyr: AL(l) + BAN (anathematise?)|
|45||I||(a)ill||EVIL EYE||Might bring ill: VILE in EYE|
|46||L||goa(d)l||DULE||Scots goal: L(ecturer) in DUE (charge)|
|47||L||(R)Light||LUXMETER||Light measuring tool: bared (p)LU(g) + XM(as) + [TREE]*|
|48||A||gr(o)ass||REMEDY||Range of variation tolerated: M(onsieur) in REED + Y (American equivalent of YHA)|
|2||G||(J)Gumbo||OKRA||Gumbo: du(O) + ARK capsized|
|3||E||h(a)erd||MEINEY||Herd (obsolete): [YEMENI]*|
|5||S||(R)Sun||SEEN||Being noticed: S(un) + EEN (the whole day before)|
|6||PROTIST||Neither plant nor animal: PROTEST with I(ndependence) for E(uropean)|
|7||P||Cam(e)p||RUCKSEAT||Camping seat: RUCK (squat) + (refreshment)S + EAT|
|8||E||car(p)es||AMAH||She cares: HAM (clumsy) + A(mateur) reversed|
|10||O||M(i)ost||STEYEST||Most abruptly rising: EYE in ST(rait) twice|
|14||P||(h)pint||USUAL||Regular pint (drink): US + U (acceptable) + AL (Capone)|
|18||L||(p)lie||ONE-ER||Big lie: ONE before ER|
|21||E||mil(l)e||TUISM||Apostrophe: IS in T(rades) U(nion) (workers) M(ile)|
|23||C||(j)coin||TYIYN||Small coin (Uzbekistan): [TINYI]*|
|26||H||(N)Horse-man||CENTAUR||Half horse, half man: Sounds like SENT OAR (dispatched blade) – another good clue!|
|29||A||Nav(e)al||VALIDLY||In an efficacious way: hidden|
|33||N||(m)nodule||NOULDE||Refuse (obsolete): [NODULE]*|
|35||G||(c)gore||TASLET||A protective skirt (gore 2 in Ch): [LATEST]*|
|36||E||B(a)etters||PIKERS||Betters (people who place small bets): PIKER (tramp) + S(pades)|
|38||KAIMS||Banks: (sic)K + AIMS (intentions)|
|42||D||(b)dos||NEUM||A succession of notes (dos) sung to one syllable: NE (not) + U + M(en)|
|43||HETE||Name in the past: HE + T(rit)E|