Posted by Hihoba on August 24th, 2011
Has Charybdis been on holiday to Cornwall recently? If so he set a corking crossword while there! The rubric was pretty complex and, having read through it and not understood much, I cracked on with the normal clues. These were reasonably straightforward, though, as usual, I had Spenserian problems and found some wordplay difficult.
I noticed (only after some time!) that some of the clue lengths were one shorter than the space in the grid, and that these clues yielded answers that seemed to leave a gap in the grid below the letter I of ZIONIST. These were 14A, 17A, 18A, 25A, 28A and 29A. The solutions, MEDLED, PROLL, LESBIAN, LAND, DUTIES and ROTATOR, all had to be treated in some way.
This led me back to the rubric. My first discovery was the 8 letter town on the top row – MARAZION. Marazion is north of SAINT MICHAEL’S MOUNT which is 18 letters, the number of shaded blanks in the grid. Both are in MOUNTS BAY, which fitted nicely into the highlighted squares on the middle row. Extra letters had to be added to the words listed above to make new “real” words. This led to the appearance of CAUSEWAY. Unfortunately this seems to have been split by a misplaced bar. The bar should appear below the Y, not after the E of cause. (The grid is not symmetrical so there is really no reason for it to be where it is!)
MEDALED, UPROLL, LESBIANS, ELAND, DAUTIES and ROTATORY are the modified forms of the words listed above. Marazion is linked to Saint Michael’s Mount by a causeway which is only visible when the TIDE (13A) is “out” (also mentioned in the rubric) and presumably the reason for the title, “Part-time”. Ba noticed that if you delete the word TIDE the letters remaining in 1D, 2D and 3D are still real words. It wasn’t quite clear from the rubric whether this indication of the tide being out meant you had to delete TIDE or not. I liked the phrase “key link” at the end of the rubric, indicating a link to an island!
So the grid is a map with Marazion at the top linked by a causeway across Mounts Bay to a block of letters representing Saint Michael’s Mount at the bottom.
All (!) that remained was to fill in the blanks to populate the grey shaded area with an anagram of Saint Michael’s Mount. The four rows contained MULT, NATEI, ACISM and HNSO which form [SAINTMICHAELSMOUNT]* All words were dictionary words except for a capital city. This was RIYADH. The other across words were MULTURER, MARINATE and OSTRACISM. The down words were STOMACH, RUTIN, LESS (or possibly WAYLESS) and ULTIMO.
Very entertaining indeed!
|1||TAMARA||Spicy mix||TA (“In a single body, every territorial” – the longest definition I’ve seen for TA!) + MARA (rodent)|
|8||ZIONIST||Middle Eastern activist||Z (unknown) +I (one) + ON (supported by) + IS(aiah) + T(almud primarily)|
|10||FAME||Note||FLAME (indication of fire) L(eft) out|
|12||EWER||The Water Carrier||EWE (correlate of the Ram) + R(ight)|
|13||TIDE||Triple definition||Fit of passion, bound (Spenser’s tied), to happen|
|14||MEDLED||Spenser equivalent of meddled||MED(iaeval) + L(ove) + ED(mund)|
|15||LIONS||Brave people||RebelLIONS (uprisings) minus rebel|
|17||PROLL||Keep looking around for something – stale (obsolete)||P (soft) + ROLL (bap)|
|18||LESBIAN||Singularly Women – i.e. woman – in Love||LE (jacket of LawrencE) + ‘S + B(ook) + [IN A]*|
|19||APPEL||Rap with foil – fencing stamp||APPLE (pome) with end misspelt|
|21||ENTASIS||Slight swelling||ENT (specialised medical field) + AS IS (not altered)|
|25||LAND||German state . . .||L(uxembourg) + AND (together with)|
|27||THUG||&lit clue – sort of loveless tough||[T(o)UGH]*|
|28||DUTIES||Taxes||DU(tch) + TIES (links)|
|29||ROTATOR||It turns||Palindrome (in either direction)|
|34||ISLE||A key (island)||Hidden in mISLEadingly|
|35||TALE||Saga||T(our) + ALE (festival)|
|1||TITTLE||Double definition||The least bit and gossip|
|2||AXILE||Coinciding with its own branches||[A ILEX]*|
|3||MODIST||Fan of fashion||MOST (majority) round DI|
|4||RAM||Double definition||Pack and animal|
|5||ZEDS||Final letters||Hidden in craZED Shootist|
|6||OIL PALM||Tree as a source of fuel||[LOP LIAM]* but no indication of two words, and I don’t think it is used as fuel, more in cooking and soap manufacture!|
|7||NEER||Not once (never) contracted||NEE (born) + R(un)|
|8||SEALED||Unopened||SEED (pip) round A L(etter initially)|
|9||TROLLEYS||Bogies (wheels)||TROLL + [YES]*|
|11||MESA||Hill||SAME (unchanged – swap SA and ME|
|16||OBANG||Coin||OBLONG swap LO(ok) for A (one)|
|20||PANTSUITS||Dress for women||PIT’S (mine’s) round [AUNTS]*|
|22||NOHOW||Out of sorts||[HWOON]* – SHORT SWOON out of (minus) SORTS|
|24||SAD||Winter blues||S(un) + AD (notice)|
|26||BIRR||Double definition||Push (Scottish) and Ethiopian money (rhino)|
|27||TREMOR||Indication of earthquake||TRE(e) + MOR(e)|
|30||TARTY||Like a pro!!||T(erritorials) + ARTY (short for artillery)|
|31||BELLE||Beauty||BEE round LL (lines)|
|32||FREER||Relatively exempt||FR (father) + EER (always)|
|33||LIRA||a little money||LIAR with ending changed|