Posted by shuchi on April 29th, 2011
The line “A celebratory crossword” at the top of the clue list gave me some trepidation. Not being up on the details of the big event happening today, this meant a challenge, and a challenge it proved to be. The 53-letter anagram spread all over the grid looked insurmountable for a long time till the non-thematic clues began to fall in place and gave me some letters to go upon.
Getting the big one was a huge relief and then onwards it was an almost clean wrap-up – 1A and 24A need better explanations, your help is invited. /* Updated. Thanks to DL and jmac. */
An impressive composition by Gaff, researching for which has taken my knowledge of royal wedding trivia several notches up.
1 TEARS OF GRIEF (IS AFTER FORGE)*
10 OVERSEE Archbishop’s position is over see, i.e. the episcopal see.
11 TEENAGE (ELEGANT)* – L (large) + E (energy); and an apt definition – “seven difficult years”.
13, 20, 27, 7, 23, 19, 4, 12 DOES YOUR CHEWING-GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOUR ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT (TODAY SMUG PRINCE ENTHRONES HIS OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD VOGUE LOVER BEG)* The longest anagram in my blogging history. When I saw the letters for “chewing-gum” appearing I was puzzled till Googling for “chewing-gum royal wedding” gave me the backstory. Not having heard of this song I still couldn’t figure out the rest of the phrase, then the letters for “overnight” fell into place and another Google search gave me the answer. The song is
composed by Lonnie Donegan (see Conrad Cork’s comment #5 for more on the song), which forms the answer for the related clue 8D. Great anagram fodder. /* Update: mike04 at comment #6 points out that there is an extra R in the anagram fodder! */
15 EASTERTIDE E[verything] ASTER (flower) TIDE (spring maybe) – the high tide that occurs at the time of the new moon or the full moon, when the sun, moon, and earth are approximately aligned. Good clue!
16 IRIS hidden in ‘sIR ISaac’. The word ‘Newton’ is superfluous to the wordplay though it does give a nice surface.
18 ORBS first letters of “of Royal Ballet School’s”. I have got used to solving/blogging mostly Ximenean setters, and so found “start” instead of “starts of” jarring.
22 ENDPOINT (PINNED TO)*
24 END ON An “end on” perspective is one with the end projected towards the observer. “Kate does” possibly because “Middleton” ends in ON? Not a fan of this clue.
26 ADOPTED (POET)* in ADD (supplement)
28 THE PROVINCES THE PRINCE’S (William’s) around [l]OV[e]
2 EMERGES (SEEM)* around ERG (a unit of energy)
3 UPSETTER cd. An upsetter is one who has an unexpected win, defeating the favourite competitor.
3 ROSETTES SETTER (I) reversed, around OS (oversize, i.e. great). There’s a problem here – “I rise” is fine for the surface but the cryptic reading suffers – “SETTER” needs the verb “rises”. In his fine book, Ximenes suggests clueing such cases as “I must/can rise”.
5 GET YOU DOWN dd, which reminds me of Dory’s quip in the film Finding Nemo – “”When life gets you down you know what you’ve got to do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.” The other “down” is what bedding may be stuffed with.
6 IDEAS hidden in ‘brIDE A Serious’. Not convinced that “amount” suggests a hidden word accurately.
8 LONNIE DONEGAN (NINE DOG LANE ON)*. Interestingly, Lonnie Donegan was born on 29th April 1931 – had he been alive today he would have reached the age of eighty. I cannot find confirmation for the “son of refuse collector” bit but this is another song by Lonnie Donegan – “My Old Man’s a Dustman”.
9 WEARISOMENESS (SERMON I SEE WAS)*
14 AT THE NADIR HEN (female) AD (these days), in ATTIR[e] (clothing cut short)
17 IN-PERSON dd, with “not remotely” and a somewhat cryptic “sophisticated person” as the two definitions.
21 GODLIKE (OLDER KING)* – R (right) N (knight)
25 SLAV VALS[e] (short dance) reversed. Valse is another name for waltz.