Posted by bridgesong on August 13th, 2011
This was the hardest prize puzzle that I can remember for quite some time, made even harder by the schoolboy blunder at 20 down. I see that the web version now has a note (also in the printed paper’s corrections column on 9 August) explaining that there is “a grid error” at the intersection of 22 across and 20 down. Answers giving the correct spelling of either solution will be accepted. Forgive my cynicism, but it is hard to believe that this is anything other than a simple spelling error. If Paul is back from his honeymoon, I look forward to reading his explanation! Too much champagne at the wedding perhaps, as NeilW suggested last week.
The puzzle was published on the first day of the football season in England (yes, I know how depressing that sounds) and marked the day that Brighton and Hove Albion first played in their new stadium in Falmer, outside Brighton, in their first season in the Championship. As a Seagulls fan, Paul will have been delighted at the result (Brighton 2 – Doncaster 1).
I shall be in Norway when this blog appears, with uncertain internet access, so apologies if I am unable to respond to posts in a timely fashion, or at all. There are a couple of clues which have partially defeated me, so contributions are welcome.
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|9||BEETHOVEN||TEE (reversed) in B(righton), HOVE, (albio)N. I think that Hove here is used in the sense of “it hove into view”, thus “dawning”. I’m not sure how to explain the initial B. Any other suggestions? I liked “noted great” as the definition of a composer.|
|10||HALMA||Hidden in “betrothal, marriage”.|
|13||VOCAL||CA in VOL|
|14||DOCKLANDS||DOCK, LANDS. I can’t adequately explain why LANDS should mean “gains”.|
|16,7||BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION||* (High above London, Britain) less i. It’s appropriate that this blog should fall to me, as I was a Brighton supporter as a boy and remember standing on the terraces at the Goldstone Ground.|
|21||MOTEL||M(edical) O(fficer), TEL(ephone).|
|23||FIDELIO||OILED, IF (Kipling’s poem) (all reversed). I actually solved this (not much else will fit F…L.O) before getting 9 across, in fact it opened up the puzzle for me.|
|24||CACHE||sounds like “cash”|
|1||OBSERVABLE||* (BRAVE, L(ast) S(eason)) in OBE.|
|2||VESPUCCI||Hidden in Charles Ives, Giacomo Puccini. In my view, this is only possible to deduce once you have the answer.|
|3||CHORAL||H in CORAL (which can mean a colour, or shade).|
|4||AVER||A REV (reversed)|
|5||ANNUNCIATE||* (A TUNIC) in ANNE|
|8,25||MARK LAWRENSON||* (workman learns). Although he’s better known as an ex-Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson did enjoy a spell on the South coast.|
|14||DROSOPHILA||* (aphis drool)|
|15||SPELLBOUND||SPELL BOUND: a brilliant charade, Paul at his best.|
|17||HOT WATER||Double definition|
|18||OUTCLASS||Another clever charade. I wasted a lot of time here with variants of “optimist”, but I could make none of them fit the clue.|
|20||ERIOCA||I in CORE (reversed). Oh dear, what can I say? I’m sure Professor Stephenson’s inbox is full of emails complaining about this error and perhaps his monthly newsletter will mention it. If only Paul had remembered that it’s eroica as in heroic, or perhaps erotica without the t…|
|21||MIDGET||TEG, DIM (all reversed). I had mistakenly entered HOTEL for MOTEL, which meant that I was struggling with this answer and it was only on writing the blog that I realised my error.|
|22||SACK||C in SAK(e).|
|23||FOWL||sounds like “foul”.|