Posted by kenmac on January 18th, 2012
We have to find two quotes (from the same source) around the perimeter and then, cryptically, three down clues will combine to deliver the first. The allusion has to be completed by filling the one blank cell. I searched and searched but couldn’t find a barred-off cell anywhere. Every clue contains an extra word and the first letters of these spell out part of a third related quote. To help us complete the perimeter, Nutmeg has given us the phrase: MOTTO: I HIRE TEAHOUSE.
As alluded to above, I expected the one blank cell to have been barred off for us but on reflection, I’m glad it wasn’t as it added another dimension to the puzzle. Eagle-eyed solvers will have spotted that the lengths of 10d and 29a did not match the grid thus d10 (in my grid) is the cell in question. Incidentally, 10d was my favourite clue in the puzzle, it sent me searching for definitions of copper suggesting that, somehow, it changed state or some such thing!
The initial letters of extra words led to GOT A LITTLE LIST OF SOCIETY OFFENDERS. A quick BING search and I find that this is a line from a song, by Ko-Ko, from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan. By now, enough letters were filled in on the perimeter that I was able to guess at SHARP and this led to SHORT SHARP SHOCK then it wasn’t long till I discovered the second quote TO LET THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME also from The Mikado. The last lines of the song, I Am So Proud, are as follows:
And, if you want to hear it, click here.
So, now the final piece of the puzzle is solved, three down answers: 12, CHEAP AND, 6 CHIPPY, 10 CHOPPER and the CHOPPER sits on top of a completely black block in cell d10.
I found the clues to be tricky but fair with a lot of misdirection. It took me a while to get going with the SW corner giving way first and SE didn’t really fall until I had filled the perimeter.
Thanks Nutmeg, great puzzle but “sarcastic THANKS” for having me going round the house trying to sing “Cheap and chippy chopper on a big black block” for days, much to my family’s annoyance!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR, all.
|No.||Clue (definition) (extra-word)||Initial
|8||Means of controlling stray gorillas essential
for great ape?
|G||REATA||[g]REATA[pe] (hidden: essential for)|
|9||Girl‘s overwrought, placing unopened tub in oven||O||AGATHA||[b]ATH (unopened) inside AGA (oven)|
|11||Decisive time for catholic theologians bound by agreement||T||TRUCIAL||[c]RUCIAL (decisive) T(ime) replaces C(atholic)|
|13||In`Ayrshire academies they’re taken aboard lifts||A||HIGHERS||(double def) Highers are Scottish equivalent of “A” levels – at last they were when I took them!!|
|14||Unusually wise person (no Scotsman) living alone||L||SOLO||SOLO[mon] (unusually wise person) minus MON (Scotsman)|
|15||Critical slap audibly delivered to idle nag||I||KEEP AT||KEY (critical)+PAT (slap) (homonym: audibly delivered)|
|16||Feel sorry about record tax included in payment||T||REPENT||EP (record) inside RENT (payment)|
|17||Historically declare truce, for example, as conflict ends||T||SAYST||SAY (for example)+[a]S+[conflic]T (ends)|
|18||Scots Lutheran mumbles ‘sorry’
|21||Executive slip makes revolution possible||E||COUPON||COUP (revolution)+ON (possible)|
|25||Corrupt lecher collected fine at court||L||INFECT||FINE (anag: collected)+CT (court)|
|27||Navy abandons isolated industrial plant||I||ALOE||ALO[n]E minus N(avy)|
|28||Fail to keep appointment with
|29||Crook throwing off tail runs with greater comfort||T||COSIER||C[r]OSIER (crook) minus R(uns)|
|30||Native American‘s expert opinion rejected by senate||O||SENECA||SEN(ate)+ACE (rev: rejected)|
|31||See Asian bread as free food for Edmund||F||LOSEN||LO (see)+SEN (money: bread)|