Posted by duncanshiell on July 25th, 2011
I am standing in this morning for Andrew who is unavailable. I suppose I was expecting a puzzle from Rufus this morning, but as we see, this is an offering from Brendan.
It was not until I came to the Down clues that I got a proper foothold on this crossword. I think I only got ISIS on the first trawl through the Acrosses.
It is interesting to compare the nature of Brendan’s clues with those of Rufus who I blogged last week. Different setters, of course, have different styles. Brendan’s favourite clue seems to Container & Contents with 13 of the 28 clues involving the use of this device, but he also employs many more compound clues than Rufus does in his standard Monday puzzles.
The theme today was clearly pairs. Apart from the two obvious ones at 1 Down (DAPHNIS AND CHLOE) and 8 Down (HANSEL AND GRETEL), directly referenced by 17 Down (TWO PAIRS), we had ALPHA & OMEGA at (10 Across and 26 Across [symmetrically balanced]) and BRIDE & GROOM (3 Down and 23 Down, again symmetrically balanced). TWO PAIRS was also symmetrically located with respect to FOURSOME which is a game of golf for TWO PAIRS.
Further there were many entries with double letters, or double pairs of letters – POSSESS, PEEL, ISIS, TRODDEN, AGAG, HOODOOS, TEEPEE and ASSESS
The clues also made a number of references to pairs (couple of sons, pair of islands and brace of ducks)
I learnt a few new words and phrases today. If I have come across DAPHNIS AND CHLEO before it can only have been in a crossword. King AGAG has not been on my list of well known Kings up till now and ARTERIOLE is not a word I use very often.
At 18 down I was fixated on PC as the computer for far too long even though I knew DOGMATIC was a synonym for doctrinaire.
The parsing is fairly clear and I have only a small query at 25 Across, ACREAGE
This puzzle was, for me, an enjoyable start to the week.
|9||Vessel dispersing vital supplies later wrecked around Eastern port (9)||Anagram of (wrecked) LATER containing (around) (E [Eastern] + RIO [reference Rio De Janiero, port city])||ARTERIOLE (a very small artery; a vessel dispersing vital supplies)||Anagram and Container & Contents|
|10||Leader in Athens in initial phase (5)||ALPHA (A, first letter of the Greek alphabet and first letter of [leader] ATHENS)||ALPHA (beginning; the first phase of a project may be referred to as the ALPHA phase)||Cryptic definition (?); Double definition|
|11||For whom it’s not easy having nothing stored (7)||HARDER (not easy) containing (having ….. stored) O (zero; nothing)||HOARDER (one who keeps things; he/she would not find it easy having nothing stored)||Container & Contents; & Lit|
|12||Have another couple of sons added to law partnership (7)||POSSE (a force or body of constables; a law partnership) + (S [son] + S [son] – giving a couple of sons, to add to the two S [son] already in POSSE)||POSSESS (have)||Additive|
|13||Pair of islands in river (4)||IS (island) + IS (island) – a pair of islands, to follow a couple of sons in the previous clue||ISIS (The RiverThames, when it flows through Oxford is known as the Isis)||Additive|
|14||Met beginner who later rose to the top politically (6,4)||Sir ROBERT PEEL helped create (beginner of) the Metropolitan Police (Met) whilst Home Secretary||ROBERT PEEL (he became Prime Minister [top politically] in 1834, but served only for a short time, before returning for a further 5 years from 1841 to 1846)||Cryptic definition|
|16||Song with piece of lyric that uplifts and moves lots of people (7)||AIR (song) + LINE (a piece of a lyric)||AIRLINE (an organisation that uplifts and moves lots of people)||Additive and Cryptic definition|
|17||Rum in a fashion, mostly used by hikers (7)||ODD (rum) contained in (in) (TREND [fashion] excluding the last letter [mostly] D)||TRODDEN (used by hikers)||Container & Contents and Takeaway|
|19||Destroyer turned back, having sunk vessel (10)||ROTATED (turned) reversed (back) containing (having sunk) VAS (vessel, tube or duct)||DEVASTATOR (destroyer)||Container & Contents and Reversal|
|22||King mentioned by Samuel as a joke (4)||A + GAG (joke)||AGAG (King Agag is mentioned in the First Book of Samuel in the Old Testament)||Additive|
|24||Covers protecting another brace of ducks in unlucky experiences (7)||HOODS contains (covers) (O [duck] + O [duck] – a brace of ducks)||HOODOOS (bad luck[s]; unlucky experiences)||Container & Contents|
|25||Amount of space about to be confined? (7)||RE (about) contained in (confined) A CAGE (a CAGE would be an appropriate place of confinement) I’m not sure that I have parsed this right but it seems to make sense. I also thought of A = ‘about’ as part of the parsing.||ACREAGE (amount of space)||Container & Contents|
|26||In conclusion, returning stone set in a ring (5)||GEM (stone) contaned in (set in) (A + O [ring]), all reversed (returning)||OMEGA (conclusion)||Container & Contents and Reversal|
|27||Emerson is oddly disposed to be preachy (9)||Anagram of (oddly disposed) EMERSON IS||SERMONISE (be preachy)||Anagram|
|1||Classic lovers in an epic hold hands excitedly (7,3,5)||Anagram of (excitedly) AN EPIC HOLD HANDS||DAPHNIS AND CHLOE (classic lovers described in novel by 2nd century Greek novelist Longus. The lovers are also the subject of a ballet with music composed by Ravel in the early 20th century)||Anagram|
|2||More reliable and direct about redistribution of aid (8)||STEER (direct) containing (about) an anagram of [redistribution of] AID)||STEADIER (more reliable)||Container & Contents and Anagram|
|3||New partner’s stupid rebid (5)||Anagram of (stupid) REBID||BRIDE (new partner)||Anagram|
|4||Competition for course not available to all round university (8)||FOR SOME (not available to all) containing U (university)||FOURSOME (a golf match [for course] played between two pairs of players)||Container & Contents|
|5||Finally fought with European sword in Indian dwelling (6)||T (last letter of [finally]) FOUGHT + E (European) + ÉPÉE (sword)||TEEPEE (Native American tent; Indian dwelling)||Additive and Takeaway|
|6||Warn about small article that creates an effect (9)||CAUTION (warn) containing (S [small] + A [indefinite article])||CAUSATION (the bringing about of an effect)||Container & Contens and Additive|
|7||For each person one must include something easy (6)||ACE (one) containing (must include) PIE (an easy thing; reference ‘easy as pie’)||APIECE (for each person)||Container & Contents|
|8||A shelter England organised for abandoned German children (6,3,6)||Anagram of (organised) A SHELTER ENGLAND||HANSEL AND GRETEL (reference the German fairy tale recorded by The Brothers Grimm)||Anagram|
|15||Family member knows I am changing name (9)||(Anagram of [changing] KNOWS I AM) + N (name)||KINSWOMAN (family member)||Anagram and Additive|
|17||Modest holding to gamble with, such as 1 and 8 (3,5)||TWO PAIRS (The entries at 1 down and 8 down are both pairs [of people])||TWO PAIRS (a modest holding to gamble with as two pairs can be beaten by three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind and straight flush)||Cryptic definition|
|18||Doctrinaire setter, perhaps, has it set up in computer (8)||DOG (a setter is a breed of dog) + (MAC [reference Apple Mac computer] containing IT reversed [set up])||DOGMATIC (doctrinaire)||Additive and Container & Contents|
|20||Flower girl’s savage, with no end of aggression (6)||VIOLENT (savage) excluding (with no) last letter of (end of) N of AGGRESSION||VIOLET (flower)||Takeaway|
|21||Dunces succeeded in test (6)||S (succeeded) contained in (in) ASSES (dunces)||ASSESS (test)||Container & Contents|
|23||Good part of building to adapt for office (5)||G (good) + ROOM (part of a building)||GROOM (adapt for office)||Additive|