Posted by Simon Harris on October 15th, 2011
After this setter’s last Saturday outing, the rather fanstastic Independent 7,770, I was more than happy to land a Mordred offering to blog.
This one was also very impressive. There’s an extensive theme of comedy/comedians, and I think virtually every clue or entry has some sort of thematic reference. There are no doubt several that I’ve missed, too, so in the cases where I can’t see a reference, I’ve reproduced the clue in case readers can spot something.
In terms of solving, I found that about half of the entries fell in very quickly, but then things slowed down quite considerably, with the last three in being the intersecting 4dn, 7an and 10ac. In retrospect, I can’t seen anything particularly troublesome about them, but then it’s always easy once you have the answers!
All in all, another great puzzle from Mordred.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|6||CHOLERA – (A CHOR[t]LE)*. “Chortle” is clearly the comedy reference here.|
|7||OKAYS – KAY in SO<. Peter Kay.|
|9||AMOS – SOMA<. Apparently a
a ritual drink of importance among the early Indo-Iranians. Stephen K. Amos.
|10||MURPHY’S LAW – RUM< + (WHY PALS)*. Google turns up a few comedians named Murphy, perhaps most notably Eddie and Colin.|
|11||SCRAPPED – CRAP in (DEP[p] + [vega]S)<. Clever use of “Johnny Vegas” here, as the solver had to mentally separate the two words to parse the clue correctly.|
|13||RESIDE – (E[ntertainer] + DRIES)*.|
|15||HILL – H + ILL). Harry Hill.|
|17||BRAND – dd. Jo Brand, a neighbour of mine. Could alternatively be a reference to Russell, but it’s a bit of a stretch to call him a comedian.|
|18||HOPE – [sc]HOPE[nhauer]. Bob Hope, of course.|
|19||DEEPLY – YELPED*. If you squint, you can see Jack DEE in the entry.|
|20||NUTBROWN – NUT (loaf, head) + BROWN &lit. Roy “Chubby” Brown, perhaps, although I’m sure there have been many comedians named Brown.|
|23||BURN’S NIGHT – the famous couplet from Robert Burns’ “To a Mouse” states that “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, gang aft agley.” I wonder if there’s a bit more to the clue than that, though – perhaps some extra meaning to the word “passion” that I’m missing? Either way, the comedian is probably George Burns.|
|26||COOK – CO + O.K. Stephen Fry is referenced in the clue.|
|27||EPSOM – S in MOPE<. The first one where I can see no obvious comedy reference.
Feel dejected about landing second here.
|28||ERECTLY – ERE + CT + L[enn]Y. Lenny Henry, of course.|
|1||CODSWALLOP – CODS + WALL + OP. A “bailey” is a type of wall, and a reference to comedian Bill Bailey.|
|2||TEAM UP – reverse cryptic with, TEAM* being MEAT, as in the clue. The specific team referred to is Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, for example in “Annie Hall” and “Sleeper”.|
|3||CARR – R in CAR. Allen or Jimmy, take your pick.|
|4||BOTHERED – OTHER in BED. The Catherine Tate character is Lauren Cooper, who frequently protests that she isn’t particularly bothered about various matters.|
|5||GAGS – dd.|
|6||COMIC – C + [dann]O + MIC.|
|8||STAND UP – STAND + UP.|
|12||DRAIN – [te]D + RA[y] + IN. Ted Ray appears to be a former comedian from the 50s and 60s, a little before my time.|
|14||SPHERICITY – IT in (HER SPICY)*. It took a while to spot it, but I suspect that’s ERIC Morecambe hidden away in the entry.|
|16||ICE CUBE – ICE + C[r]U[m]B[l]E[d]. I’m not sure if Ice Cube is exactly a comedian, but he has starred in a couple of comedy films, at least.|
|17||BEYOND ME – from BEYONCE, with DM replacing C. Again, Beyoncé has starred in, for example, an Austin Powers film, but I think I’m clutching at straws looking for a comedy reference here.
What I can’t understand is singer exchanging cents for old German currency.
|21||TITTER – T[w]ITTER.|
|22||WOODY – W[h]O [b]O[l]D[l]Y. Woody Allen, again, and why not.|
|24||NEST – S[parrows] in NET &lit.
Intricate structure containing opening for sparrows.
|25||GLEE – [gig]GLE E[veryone].|