Posted by Uncle Yap on October 25th, 2011
What a tour de force from The Master.
He has so skillfully woven a grid to include all the wives of King Henry VIII that today, I learned only one new word meaning an ornamented, usually round-topped, chest or cabinet. As to be expected from the good Reverend, the puzzle is most entertaining and in places, challenging and surprise, surprise, largely a la Ximenes
9 EPITOMISE E (Eastern) PROMISE with R (right) replaced by IT
10 ARGON ARAGON minus A – Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536) was born in Aragon, Spain, daughter of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castille. She was Henry VIII’s first wife and was divorced so that Henry could marry Anne Boleyn.
11 GOOD AND Cha of GOOD (virtuous) & AND (plus) with two def 1. Completely as in good and proper = completely proper 2. Good ‘and as in a Cockney having 13 good cards at bridge being the wherewithal to make tricks
12 FAILURE F (first letter of flop, which is also the def) ALLURE (attraction) with I replacing L (line)
13 RACED Ins of AC (account, bill) in RED (into debt)
14 CATHERINE CAT (pet) HEROINE (main female character) minus O (lost love)
16 INDISCIPLINABLE I (one) ins of DISC (record) in NIP (drink) + Ins of N (name) in LIABLE (likely)
19 EXCERPTED Ins of R (Roundhead) in EXCEPTED (removed from the rest)
21 BAHUT BA (Bachelor of Arts) HUT (building) for an ornamented, usually round-topped, chest or cabinet. New word to me
22 PEEKING Ins of E (Eastern, used second time, could have opted for Oriental) in PEKING (now known as Beijing after introduction of Pinyin )
23 JULIANA JU (sounds like Jew or Hebrew) LIANA (a climbing plant) for Juliana Louise Emma Marie Wilhelmina (1909–2004) Queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands between 1948 and 1980.
24 REEVE RE (about) EVE (the day before)
25 NANCY BELL NAN (grandmother) CYBELE (great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Roman Ops) minus E plus L (learner, student) Allusion to The Yarn of the Nancy Bell (1866) by Sir William Schwenck Gilbert
1 LEDGER LINE *(ILL-GREENED) a line fixed in one place ; a short line added above or below the stave where required or where middle C is often.
2 DIVORCED Ins of ORC (killer whale) in DIVED (went down)
3 HOWARD HOW ‘ARD (How Hard as enunciated by a Cockney) Catherine Howard (c. 1518-1524 – 13 February 1542), the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England was beheaded
4 DIED DI (vorc) ED, answer to 2Down
5 SELF-STYLED *(LESS DEFTLY)
6 GALILEAN GAL (girl, young woman) I LEAN (I rely)
7 AGOUTI Ins of OUT in A GI (a soldier)
8 ANNE ha
14 CHITTAGONG CHIT (note) TA (thank you) GONG (something beaten for announcement of meal) for a port city and industrial centre in southeastern Bangladesh on the Bay of Bengal
15 EVENTUALLY EVEN (regular) + ins of U (universal, a rating for films meaning that people of any age are allowed to see) in TALLY (sum)
17 SURVIVED *(DRIVE Versus US)
18 BEHEADED BE HE (even if he were) *(DEAD)
20 CLEVES CLEVER (astute) The next in the index would be CLEVE + S (letter after R) Anne of Cleves (1515–1557) was a German noblewoman and the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England and as such she was Queen of England from 6 January 1540 to 9 July 1540. The marriage was never consummated, and she was not crowned queen consort. Following the annulment of their marriage, Anne was given a generous settlement by the King, and thereafter referred to as the King’s Beloved Sister. She lived to see the coronation of Mary I of England, outlasting the rest of Henry’s wives.
21 BOLEYN Ins of LEY (field) in BON (good) Anne Boleyn (c.1501/1507 – 1536) was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 as the second wife of Henry VIII of England. Henry’s marriage to Anne, and her subsequent execution, made her a key figure in the political and religious upheaval that was the start of the English Reformation.
22 PARR (young salmon up to two years of age, before it becomes a smolt; the young of several other kinds of fish) Catherine Parr (1512–1548) was Queen consort of England and Ireland and the last of the six wives of King Henry VIII of England. She was the fourth commoner Henry had taken as his consort, and outlived him. She was also the most-married English queen, as she had a total of four husbands.
23 JANE SEYMOUR (sounds like SEEM OR) Jane Seymour (c. 1508–1537) was Queen of England as the third wife of King Henry VIII. She died days after giving birth, widely believed to be following birth complications)
The wives of Henry VIII were the six queens consort married to Henry VIII of England between 1509 and 1547.
Catherine of Aragon (Annulled),
Anne Boleyn (Beheaded),
Jane Seymour (Died),
Anne of Cleves (Annulled),
Catherine Howard (Beheaded),
Catherine Parr (Survived).
I often wonder why some men do not realise that each time they marry another woman, they get another mother-in-law
Key to abbreviations
dd = double definition
dud = duplicate definition
tichy = tongue-in-cheek type
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram