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Enigmatic Variations 995 by Owzat

Posted by twencelas on December 10th, 2011

twencelas.

This week – straight clues, 5 unclued entries and elements from a quotation around the circumference.  Sounds quite easy for an EV?

And so it proved to be. Relatively simple clues (for an EV) with even the more obscure words well sign-posted.

Then for the unclued entries 4 down and 28 down gave the author THOMAS CARLYLE. and 1down, 5 down, 10 down – THREE GREAT ELEMENTS referring to a quotation from Thomas Carlyle in the Oxford dictionary of Quotations.

“The three great elements of modern civilization, gunpowder, printing, and the Protestant religion”

And what did the circumference yield then – GUNPOWDER, PRINTING, PROTESTANT RELIGION and MODERN CIVILISATION.

Simple as that. Thanks to Owzat for a nice neat puzzle. A nice  one for any one considering trying these advanced cryptics for the first time.

I wonder what he would say they were if he were writing today. Perhaps a song by Abba?

Key:

Rev – Reverse

DD Double definition

* Anagram

ACROSS

11 Hols I fancy near hot biblical city (6)

(hols + I + h)* = SHILOH

12 Regrets expressed for jumpers (4)

Homonym (Rues – regrets) = ROOS

14 Women aid a cub (5)

W (women) + help (aid) = WHELP

15 I clear part of the eye (4)

I + rid (clear) = IRID

16 Disheartened Midlands soccer team in misfortune (4)

Wolves (midlands football team) – middle = WOES

17 Broadcaster in jug after commotion one’s forgotten (7)

Stir (commotion) – I (one) + ewer (jug) = STREWER

18 Sheila’s mad about piece on one protozoan (10)

(Sheila)* about man (piece) + i (one) = LEISHMANIA

21 Vintage car down under not starting (5)

Holden (australian make of car) – h = OLDEN

22 Fox TV’s latest: heartless 9/11 recalled (5)

V (tv’s latest) + rev (ne (heartess nine) + xi (11)) = VIXEN

23 Heaved tumultuously from ecstasy drugs after partying (6)

(e + drugs)* = SURGED

24 Granted money from Estonia (4)

DD = SENT

27 Beast often depicted in Worcester porcelain (3)

Hidden trice in wORCester and pORCelain

28 Homer’s body of writing half forgotten (3)

Corpus (Body of writing) – pus= COR

29 Could be titters in pieces such as these (7)

(titters)* = STRETTI

31 Description of War — that’s deplorable and anonymous (7)

Crime (deplorable) + an (anonymous) = CRIMEAN

32 Seaman’s muscles (3)

DD = ABS

33 A quiet wood (3)

A + sh (quiet) = ASH

35 Daughter, passed over by mum’s boy in retreat, shows agreement (4)

D in rev (son) = NODS

37 Fine enthralling bible books can be arousing (6)

Eric (fine) around ot (old testament) = EROTIC

40 Rock musician’s carefully planned undercover operation (5)

DD = STING

41 Ridge shown by cartographer (5)

Hidden cartogRAPHEr = RAPHE

46 Paper cart reversed around street for boss of goods area (10, hyphenated)

Rev (Dray – cart + ream (paper)) around st (street) = YARDMASTER

47 Golfer behind sand, and hidden in hollow, drives off (7)

Dip (hollow) around s (sand) + Els (golfer as in Ernie) = DISPELS

48 Cheese crackers put around after last of entree (4)

Rev ((Mad – crackers) + e) = EDAM

49 Enthusiastic about Italy? Suspect not (4)

I (Italy) + (not)* = INTO

50 Nothing for piano in pop Western (5)

Pater (pop) replace p with o = OATER

51 See a change price to fall slightly (4)

(see a)* = EASE

52 Plane’s engine jam somehow tackled by engineers on time (6)

(jam + re)* + t (time) = RAMJET

 

DOWN

2 Veteran, note seen in Lord’s ground (7)

(lords)* around te (note) = OLDSTER

3 Found one wench from no place earlier (8)

(one wench)* = NOWHENCE

6 Searching for what is wrong in eggy drink (6)

Sin (wrong) in nog (eggy drink) = NOSING

7 Mineral water’s first to be drunk over in Perth (4)

Ore (mineral) around w (water’s first) = OWRE

8 Reported red mark from cane, an instrument of torture once (5)

Homonym (Weal – red mark) = WHEEL

9 What’s done about whiskey. Made a little watery (5)

Deed (what’s done) about w (whiskey – phonetic) = DEWED

13 Figures going around about Russian religious teacher (7)

Stats (figures) about re (about) = STARETS

19 Flipping schedule managed about right for reporter (8)

Rev (Rota – schedule _ ran (managed) about r (right)) = NARRATOR

20 Curve with a cross I do fancy (5)

A + x (cross) + (ido)* = AXOID

25 Call up about hospital rules of behaviour (5)

Rev(cite – call) about h (hospital) = ETHIC

26 Slav in crumpled raincoat (8)

(raincoat) = CROATIAN

30 Fellow from Jamaica in battered catamaran’s about to get lost (8)

(catamaran – c (about))* = RASTAMAN

34 Hush! Many eastern countries holding mass with choral odes (7)

St (hush) + asia (eastern countries) about m (mass) = STASIMA

36 NATO central command’s plan (5)

DD = SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe)

38 Stomach’s upset alas after starters of oyster and mushroom (6)

O + m (starts of oysters and mushrooms) + (alas)* = OMASAL

39 Firm market gives Will’sagreement (6)

Co (firm) + mart (market) = COMART

42 Sauce is nuisance on ring (5)

Pest (nuisance) + o = PESTO

43 Stranger in ramble taking day off (5)

Dodder (ramble) – d (day) = ODDER

44 Charges around Thailand for holidays (5)

Fees (charges) about t (Thailand) = FETES (Holidays)

45 Composer who’s second grade therefore cut (4)

B (second grade) + ergo (therefore) – o (cut) = BERG

4 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations 995 by Owzat”

  1. crypticsue says:

    Yes it was easy for an EV – I should know – despite over 40 years of crossword solving, I am relatively new to the world of EV and this is only the second one I ever finished! I did enjoy it though, thank you Owzat and to twencelas tool.

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    Very nice puzzle I thought. Instead of rather unexciting clues and a long and tiresome fiddle to get the theme, as is the case with certain barred cryptics, we had extremely good clues and a straighforward accessible theme.

    My only criticism was that he was called Ozwat in the paper.

  3. twencelas says:

    Wil – I agree with your sentiments entirely, sometimes the war of attrition to get to the theme is a little tiresome. The great selling point, to me, of this type of crossword is the ingenuity of the setter to hide things in the completed grid. I ask myself many times, why do many setters insist we trawl through obscure words in Chambers to get there.
    Sue – I would persevere with these, you can never tell the difficulty before you start, but if you get about a dozen clues solved, chances are you’re going to get there in the end.

  4. crypticsue says:

    Thanks for the encouragement – I did look at today’s but….. !!

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