Fifteensquared

Enigmatic Variations 966: Uncomplimentary Remark by Rustic

Posted by Dave Hennings on May 21st, 2011

A fairly straightforward offering from Rustic this week: solve the clues, move a letter to the perimeter and reveal a quotation and the person it describes.

Each clue was two clues side by side with a letter from each answer entered in the corresponding perimeter square. Subsidiary indications were to the entry without the perimeter letter. The quotation, reading top/middle/bottom rows and then left/centre/right columns, was from Howard Hughes Jr, the industrialist, aviator and film producer:

That man’s ears make him look like a taxi-cab with both doors open. Clark Gable.

I’m afraid I have to reiterate what I’ve said in previous blogs about the difficulty of getting good surface readings in double clues. I know many solvers don’t find that important, but I generally do. Also, a number of clues here seem to lack punctuation: 1,30dn; 2,22dn; 7,24dn and 15,17dn as they stand are positively bizarre. It’s almost as though the puzzle originally had single clues, and running pairs of them together was an afterthought!?

Solving time: just shy of two hours.

Legend:
ABC* = anagram
ABC< = reversal
abCDef = hidden
Definition in clues
/ = dividing line between clues

X = letters moved to the perimeter
I have switched the clue numbers in those pairs where the first clue is to the second clue number.

ACROSS
36
1
ECLIPSE
EXHAUST
Darkness from city overflows / empty German house in Egypt (7; 7)
EC (city, London postal area) + LIPS (overflows) / HAUS (German for house) in ET (Egypt)
5
35
MONISM
DOSIDO
Theory mother embraces is having / to suffice with James on a sofa (6; 6)
MOM (mother) embracing IS / DO (suffice) + SID (as in Sid James)
34
9
PILEA
AIOLI
Pious woman without energy caps / sauce with a beaten oil (5; 5)
PIA (pious woman) outside E (energy) / A + OIL*; I’m not sure I like ‘woman’ being used to identify a feminine adjective in this way
10
33
CHAIN
MASE
Series of shops in Scotland save / jazz record about familiar American (5; 5)
HAIN (save, Scottish word) / EP (record) about BO (familiar word for man in the US)
11
32
COCKLED
BONE-ASH
Most of fuel conveyed is puckered / burnt remains of one tree (7; 7, hyphenated)
COK(E) (most of fuel) LED (converyed) / ONE + ASH (tree)
31
12
THALI
FLEES
Oriental eats fifty curry dishes / most of banquet, we hear, disappears (5; 5)
THAI (oriental) eats I (one) / FEES [sounds like most of FEAS(T) (meal)]
14
28
BOAT
MASE
Australian cadger’s vessel / initially modifies some electronics to generate and amplify microwaves (4;4)
BOT (Australian cadger) / MSE (initials of Modifies Some Electronics)
15
26
AWARD
TATAR
Grant to draw wild / mongol with the sailor (5; 5)
DRAW* / A + TAR (sailor)
16
25
SEA COB
WEEING
Gull — oceans wandered without number / passing water with little in (6, two words; 6)
[OCEANS – N (number)]* / WEE (little) + IN
18
23
OOSPORE
TIPSIER
In Perth we pose awkwardly resting zygote, / priest abandoned more drunk (7; 7)
OO (we, Scottish word) + POSE* / PRIEST*
DOWN
1
30
TEACH
LHASA
Every one a pirate / finally legal possesses capital (5; 5)
EACH (every one) / L (finally legaL) + HAS (owns); the pirate is Edward Teach, commonly known as Blackbeard
22
2
MISSTEP
HOOCHES
Make a mistake omit spirit lacking power / choose awfully strong drinks (7; 7)
MISS (omit) + [PEP (spirit) – first P (power)] / CHOOSE*
29
3
REPEL
UTILE
Reject partial response, / French oil not hot is useful (5; 5)
REPL(Y) (partial response) / HUILE (French for oil) – H (hot); I don’t think I like partial to mean most of
4
21
STEMBOK
EWENECK
Bosket concealed antelope. / Thin concave part of horse having cyst in the centre of kneecap (7; 7)
BOSKET* / WEN (cyst) in EEC (centre of knEECap)
5
28
MALTA
MYOID
Island whisky / like muscle from my body’s inside (5;5)
MALT (whisky) / MY + OD (bODy’s inside)
6
27
SINEW
KALES
Tendon at first is not much used, / drinks for Scots meals (5; 5)
I (Is at first) + NEW (not much used) / ALES (drinks)
24
7
POTATO
STEREO
Most of Scots pinch is put in river vegetable / store unusual audio equipment (6; 6)
TAT(E) (Scots pinch) in PO (river) / STORE*
8
20
MISDEAL
ROTATED
Croupier’s error — idiot smiled — / gallery in road turned round (7; 7)
SMILED* / TATE (gallery) in RD (road)
13
19
PIETA
President‘s mother starting to spread / confusion over foot of saint in religious picture (5; 5)
DAM (mother) + S (starting to Spread) / PIE (confusion) + T (foot of sainT)
15
17
ASHEN
CLAIR
One female is very pale / town in Saskatchewan reported affliction (5; 5)
A (one) + SHE (female) / CAIR (sounds like care); hardly the most well-known place in Canada!

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