Posted by PeeDee on June 15th, 2011
A very good crossword from Gaff, which I enjoyed immensely. I started late, as I had to retrieve a sick child from school, and then after a long time was still staring a grid with only 4 completed solutions and facing the very embarrassing prospect of having to ask someone else to complete the blog for me. Finally I gave in and started searching Wikipedia for a likely aniversary and then hit the jackpot and the answers started coming thick and fast.
The anniversary theme is of The Reverend Wilbert Awdry, creator of the Railway Series books for children, better known these days as ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. Unfortunately, neither of our children are fans of the series, so I know very few of the characters in the theme, and had not heard of Awdry. Coupled with archaic usages of words and some difficult constructions, this made for a hard solve. In addition there is no indication in the preamble that the themed solutions are undefined.
I think it is fair that the constructions are tricky, as I can imagine that if one had sat through hours and hours of bedtime stories and Thomas on TV then many of the solutions would be guesseble immediately.
Hold mouse over clue number to see clue, click a solution to see its definition.
|8||ENGINE||(NINE EG)* abandoned=anagram – a search engine maybe, Google or Bing|
|9||PROVINCE||fINCh (most of the letters) in PROVE (show)|
|11||HENRY GREEN||Rolling (start of) on HEN (a layer) and ENERGY* (anagram=latent, in the sense of having the potential to be something different)|
|13||SCARCITIES||CAR (tansport) inside Small and CITIES (large towns) – definition is ‘lacks’as a plural noun|
|17, 10||BETAKING||BETA (second as in alpha, beta, gamma…) and KING (chess piece) – ‘to betake’ is an archaic meaning of ‘to move’|
|18||CODON||NO DOC reversed (recovers=brings back)|
|19, 4||OVERSPIN||PROVINcE’S* (without C = first letter of class, surprisingly=anagram)|
|21||STAR PLAYER||(REAL PASTRY)*|
|24||PERCY SMALL||Cubicle You Scratched My (initial letters of) in PER (each) and ALL (every)|
|29||JAMES RED||JAM (preserve) and thE treeS foR particlE boarD (last letters of)|
|2||RINGO STARR||INteRRoGATORS* (toe removed, vicious=anagram) – narrator of the first Thomas the Tank Engine series on television. To me ‘vicious’ does not mean ‘reordered’, but Chambers gives some archaic and Shakespearean definitions that would suffice.|
|3||BE PHYSICAL||sounds like “beef is a cul” (piece of=not all of beef…culinary)|
|5, 28||TOBY TRAM||BYTe (most of data) inside TO RAM (Random Access Memory)|
|7||SCHEME||diSC HE MEant|
|14||AWDRY||tAWDRY (without first letter) – The Reverend Wilbert Awdry author of The Railway Series|
|16||THOMAS TANK||(A MOST)* inside THANK|
|20||ELEGANCE||CELAN and Good inside grEEce (centre of) – definition ‘grace’. The word ‘to’ spoils this clue for me, it disrupts the instruction ‘order clean with good’.|
|22, 15||THE FAT CONTROLLER||THEFT (stealing) ROLLER (Rolls Royce, car) including A ploT (ending of) CON (with) – definition is ‘big runner’, the boss of the Sordor railway network.|
|25, 6||CREEPIER||CREE (brave=native American warrior) and PIER (support)|
|26, 23||SURFACES||SURF (search the Internet) and ACES (services, tennis). I don’t think to surf is really the same as to search, but makes a nice clue anyway.|
|27, 12||AUDITORS||(tRADe UnIOnisTS)* without tennis, play=anagram, auditors check things|