Posted by PeeDee on June 22nd, 2011
A great crossword from Gozo, very enjoyable and I managed it with only a little help from Wikipedia this time.
This is the second Shakespearean character anagram crossword I have blogged from Gozo. I thought the previous version was unbalanced, the Shakespeare characters being too hard and the normal clues too easy, but this time I think Gozo has got it bang-on. The anagrams are brilliant, not forced at all, I got the feeling they could be a list of newspaprer headlines, or maybe chapter headings from a novel. Some of the normal clues are woth a special mention too, especially the nice &Lit at 15dn.
Hold mouse over clue number to see the clue.
|1, 5||BRUTUS & BEATRICE||Brutus from (Julius Ceasar) and Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing)|
|9, 10||PERICLES & OBERON||Pericles of Tyre and Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)|
|12, 13||DESDEMONA & SNOUT||Desdemona (Othello) and Snout (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)|
|14, 16||WART & THESEUS||Thomas Wart from Henry IV, Part 2 and Theseus from A midsummer Night’s Dream and Two Noble Kinsmen|
|19, 21||LAERTES & MOTH||Laertes from Hamlet and Moth from A Midsummer Night’s Dream|
|24, 25||PHILO & CYMBELINE||Anthony’s friend Philo in Antony and Cleopatra and Cymbeline|
|27, 28||AENEAS & MALVOLIO||Aeneas from Troilus and Cressida and Malvolio from Twelfth Night|
|29, 30||STRATO & BASSANIO||Strato from Julius Caesar and Bassanio from The Merchant of Venice|
|1||BIPEDS||PI (mathematical constant) reversed in BEDS (Bedfordshire)|
|2||ARREST||A R-REST & Lit – ‘arrest’ does not quite mean ‘take a break’, but near enough I think. Edit: arrest can also mean seize, so definition=’take’ is another option, thanks to nmsindy for this.|
|3||RUCHE||RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary, now replaced by PSNI) and HE (His Excellency, the address for an ambassador)|
|4||CHEROOT||CHE Guevara has ROOT (source)|
|11||RANT||RAN (published, the newspaper ran a story) columnisT (final letter of)|
|15||ASTRONAUT||(UNTO A STAR)* & Lit – a great clue|
|17||SLIPWAYS||SLIP (young person) and WAYS (characteristic behaviour)|
|18||BEGINNER||BE (to live) and GINNER (one who works a cotton gin)|
|21||MOMBASA||MO (short moment) and SAMBA*|
|22||FILL IN||Double definition|
|23||DE BONO||DEB (debutante, society girl) and ONO (or near offer, commonly seen in English house sale advertisements) – Edward De Bono as far as I can tell is a psychologist, not a psychiatrist. Does anyone know more about him, or another De Bono perhaps?|
|26||ELVES||dELVES (digs with the top taken off)|