Posted by Hihoba on December 14th, 2011
I found this one – let’s not beat about the bush – very difficult. Without my laptop and Chambers on-line I would never have finished it! I have to say that the whole thing was scrupulously clued, fair and an excellent puzzle from Kruger, just hard.
My main source of difficulty was that there were three types of clue and, in some cases, no indication of which category any given clue belonged to. Twelve answers were to be “treated before entry” in some way. Some (no number given) answers contained a misprint in the definition, the corrected letters leading to the method of treatment for the twelve. The remainder were normal.
Nine clues had a length which did not match the grid length – some longer some shorter. This left three of the twelve where the modified form was the same length as the unmodified, making them indistinguishable from the other types of clue.
My first read through of the clues was not encouraging. One of my answers on the first read through was 13D, BARNET which immediately was a problem as it did not fit with LOESS at 20A.
I found that I had to stop work on the crossword at intervals and leave it for a while before coming back and finding a few more answers. Most was completed by Monday afternoon after several sessions on Saturday and Sunday.
I could not find the “Gallic Wisdom” connection for a long time, then as the misprints slowly emerged the word CHACUN appeared. I had, by this time linked 26A, PIPES with PLUMBER and 34A, ROOFING with TILER, so “Chacun à son goût” seemed unlikely, and the word “MÉTIER” as a job or occupation sprang to mind. The French phrase emerged as “À CHACUN SON MÉTIER” and ten of the twelve “treatments” seemed relatively straightforward. The clue answers give rise to objects, subjects or occupations, the grid entry is the job whose responsibility they are.
The phrase FARCE WHEN CHAMP BROKE JAVELIN given in the rubric was necessary to check the spelling of 1D, JACKEROO (could be jackAroo) and gave me the grid entry for 17A, COOK, and it was only at this point that I was certain that this was the twelfth treated clue. It still took some time to solve it, simple though it seemed when I’d done it! 1A, JARVEY remained a mystery for some time, but eventually a solution presented itself, after I remembered sp for sine prole.
In the tables below I have tried to include as much of the clue wording as possible, rather than my normal brief explanations. Is this better or worse?
A completed grid can be found at the bottom. In it I have highlighted the twelve treated answers and indicated the unchecked and mutually cross-checking letters.
Thematically Treated answers:
|1||TRANSPORT||JARVEY (Hackney-coachman)||Put to death (Shakespeare)||TORT (wrong) arrested (put inside?) R(ector) AN (one) SP (sine prole = without issue)|
|5||LAW||TANADAR (Indian policeman)||Community rules||(F)LAW (break) not starting|
|17||FARE||COOK||Price of ticket||Is FAIR (reasonable) we hear|
|26||PIPES||PLUMBER||Tobacco fills||Portuguese wooden casks (double definition)|
|34||ROOFING||TILER||Cover for top of house||Change [OF O-RING]*|
|45||BEER||ALEWIFE (old meaning)||Pillowcase||B(l)E(d) unevenly on E(mergency) R(oom)|
|1||SHEEP||JACKEROO (newcomer on Australian sheep-farm )||He follows||SWEEP(search) where H(usband) kicks out W(ife)|
|13||BARNET (hairstyle)||TONSOR (barber)||A London borough||ARNE (composer) in outskirts of B(ren)T|
|17||MEDICINE||CHEMIST||Drug||MEDICI (Florentine family)’s N(ew) to E(cstasy)|
|24||MOTORS||MECHANIC||Moves fast||to include OR (sodiers) In MOTS (annual checks)|
|31||BANKING||SHROFF (banker or moneychanger)||Elevation||of financial institution (double definition)|
|38||MUSE||BARD||Silently consider||On reflection, finally solvE SUM (arithmetic problem)|
|14||INCHPIN||A (hurt to hart)||Food obtained from hart (sweetbreads)||INCH (part of foot) and PIN (leg)|
|15||NAOS||C (well to cell)||Cell in temple||SON (disciple) returning without onset of A(ilment)|
|21||RATIO||H (calf to half)||Half?||RIO(T) amusing person almost, eats skin of A(bjec)T|
|23||DIATOM||A (Olga to alga)||Alga||AID (help) turned round + TOM (cat)|
|32||SERAC||C (glazier to glacier)||What may be broken from glacier||CARES (worries) about|
|35||SECT||U (colt to cult)||Cult||William (Shakespeare)’s cutting|
|40||SEAL||N (chair to chain)||Chain (Chambers definition 4)||Edmund (Spenser)’s wicker (Chambers definition 5)|
|43||SATISFY||S (nerve to serve)||Serve||SAY (for example) includes an unusual showing of [FIST]*|
|46||DROMIC||O (Celts to colts)||Where colts may compete (a racecourse)||DIC(k) detective nearly retains ROM (memory)|
|4||YAPP||N (bidding to binding)||Binding||(Dumm)Y finally + APP(roved)|
|6||ARNOLD||M (fan to man)||Man(‘s name)||R(uns) into AN (one) + OLD (long-standing)|
|9||RESTS||E (base to ease)||Is at ease||REST (part of armour) on front of S(uit)|
|11||VIOLA||T (plans to plant)||Plant||VIOLA(te) (fail to observe) T(h)E heartlessly cut|
|25||GUINEA||I (corn to coin)||Coin no longer seen||G(abon) + U (acceptable) IN E(ast) A(frica) at first|
|27||BEE||E (parson to person)||Busy person||BEE(r) drink left unfinished|
|42||RYE||R (grass for glass)||Grass||Port (double definition)|
|10||AVESTA||Holy scriptures for some||A VESTA (match)|
|12||URALITE||Altered mineral||In UTE (truck) [RAIL]* transported|
|16||KOALA||Antipodean native||OK (fine) overturned + A(ustralian) + L(ibrary) A(ssociation|
|18||ANKH||It is symbolic of life||(hidden) in ArabiAN KHan|
|20||LOESS||Deposit||LESS (a smaller amount) about O (nothing)|
|29||OUIJAS||They could help us reach the other side||OUI + JA (Agreed for two Europeans) to join (lifeguard)S eventually|
|37||DIRT||Rubbish||DIR(ector) starting to T(alk)|
|39||OSAKA||Oriental city||[SOAK]* ham + A(cting)|
|41||ORALITY||Tendency to use speech||non M(ale) (m)ORALITY (virtue)|
|44||RAMULI||Little shoots||wild [(p)RIMULA]* has no P (soft)|
|2||RENAL||Of organ (liver)||[LEARN]* playing|
|3||ETHANOL||Alcohol||HAN (Chinese) in ETO(n) (public school mostly) + L(eft)|
|5||TUI||Bird||(e)TUI – unopened box|
|7||NAPOLI||City||NAP (steal) + refined [OIL]*|
|8||DIAMETER||A chord (geometric)||MAID (spinster) retrospectively + [TREE]* struck|
|19||KRU||Man from Liberia||To audience (sounds like) CREW|
|22||TAILGATE||Style of playing jazz||TAIL (limited) to GATE (street)|
|28||ESCOLAR||Fish||E(nergy) + SCAR (parrot-wrasse) swallows most of OL(d)|
|30||ARIOSI||Pieces||The first couples (2 letters) to AR(range) IO(lanthe’s) SIgnature|
|33||ALKYL||A radical||KY (Kentucky) in ALL (everyone) – contrarily everyone in Kentucky|
|34||TESSA||No longer a means of saving||ASSET (something worth having) in retirement|
|36||DATUM||It’s a fact||DA (father) has TUM (babyish stomach)|