Posted by PeeDee on August 17th, 2011
Yet another great crossword from Gozo, and I’m lucky enough to get to write the blog again. It wasn’t easy, but well worth the effort to complete.
The recent guest on the Desert Island Discs radio programme referred to in the preamble is, of course, John Galbraith Graham who sets FT crosswords under the pseudonym Cinephile (29 across). You can listen to the programme again here. I am curious as to how Procol Harum get mixed up in the otherwise very genteel choice of music, I shall be listening to find out more just as soon as this blog is posted.
There are so many good elements to this crossword that it is hard to single out any part for a special mention, but I nominate 5,6,14 for the way the anagram fits into the surface reading. 15,18 and 26 ac are also very good, but I have seen them before. Mainly I enjoyed the breadth of general knowledge required for a completed solution, some of which I knew already, and some I learnt for the first time today.
Hold mouse over a clue number to read the clue.
|1||BETHLEHEM||BETH (young girl) LE (‘the’ in French) HEM (border) – reference to the Christmas carol “O little town of Bethlehem…”|
|6||WIPER||anagram of Piano (quietly) and WIRE|
|9||HOMBURG||Hat and music by Procol Harum|
|12||SAKI||Author and type of monkey|
|14||SWEETEN||NEWS (reports) about TEE (support) reversed – modify in the sense of mitigate, e.g. ‘sweeten the pill’|
|15, 6 down, 14 down||BLOW THE WIND SOUTHERLY||(HOLTBY WHISTLED OUR NEW)* – traditional song, sung by Kathleen Ferrier|
|16||DEE||tiDE Ebbs – any of the many rivers of that name|
|17||ULSTERS||Left and REST* (anagram=broken) in US (the States)|
|19||EASTERS||A (acting, abbrev) in ESTERS (class of chemical compounds) – people who live in the Eastern USA|
|21||HOVE||Double definition – Sussex town and nautical term|
|22, 11||THE HEAVENS ARE TELLING||HEAVENS (sky) Associate inside THERE and TELLING (counting) – music by Joseph Haydn|
|27||VULPINE||V (quintet, 5 Roman numeral) and LINE-UP* – cunning, like a fox|
|28||YAHOO||Double definition – badly behaved person and an enthusiatic but inept stroke in cricket|
|29||CINEPHILE||IN (popular) EP (extended play, recording) in CHILE (the country) – pseudonym in the FT for the Reverend John Graham crossword compiler|
|1||BOHEA||BOHEmiA (region of Czecholslovakia missing ‘M1′ motorway) – a type of China tea|
|2||TAMPERE||TAMPEREr (meddler without R=right) – the third most populous city in Finland.|
|3||LAUREL TREE||Stan Laurel and Sir Herbert Tree (knighted actor) – the bay tree|
|4||HIGHLANDS||(eNGLISH HAD)* without capital letter|
|5||MACON||CO (company) inside MAN (worker) – famous French wine|
|6||See 15 across|
|7, 10||PEASANT CANTATA||ANT (worker) inside CANAPEES* and TA-TA (farewell) – music by JS Bach|
|8||READINESS||READ (study at university) NES (three points of the compass) inside (inner) I‘S (one has, I=Roman numeral) – definition is ‘inclination’|
|13||CODSWALLOP||COD (fish) and SWALLOwP (bird with last letter changed from W to P)|
|14||See 15 across|
|15, 18||BEETHOVEN SEVENTH||BeethoVen (seventh letter of)|
|20||EMERITI||IE reversed containing MERIT (worth)|
|24||SWEDE||Emmanuel SWEDEnborg (half of) – theologian and religious mystic who inspired Swedenborgianism – what a great word!|
|25||SUMO||SUM (total) O (zero, tennis score)|