Posted by Simon Harris on March 3rd, 2012
When Phi didn’t appear in the Independent during the week, it seemed likely that we’d be tackling one of his puzzles when Saturday came, and so it was.
One probably couldn’t describe this one as “thematic”, but it did have one of those very long answers that tend to split solvers roughly down the middle: some love them, some hate them. I’m not sure I have a strong opinion on them myself, so I just contented myself with trying to crack it.
I haven’t seen the film or read the book which provides the entry, but for some reason I was familiar with the quote itself. No doubt it’s just one of those famous movie lines that does the rounds without people necessarily knowing where it came from.
Anyway, enough rambling from me. This was a good Saturday puzzle, challenging but not painfully so.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||SCROUNGE – from SCROOGE, with 0 (“nothing”) replaced by (“yielding to”) UN (“a Parisian”).|
|5||ASIMOV – A SIM + OV[er]. “The Sims” is, I am led to believe, a series of computer games in which players build a virtual family over time. Each to their own. The Sci-Fi writer is, of course, Isaac Asimov.|
|11||MOTEL – MOTE + L.|
|15||OPUS – O (the most “round” letter) + P[rovide] U[seful] S[ervice].|
|16||MATTERHORN – MATTER + HORN.|
|19||EVERYWHERE – EVE + ((W + HER) in RYE).|
|20||RIMU – [chai]R I’M U[sing]. An unfamiliar term for me, thankfully unambiguously signposted, as one tends to expect from Phi.|
|26||THIGH – T[hat] + HIGH. “High” for “a bit mouldy” is one of those lovely, old-fashioned and perhaps very English terms. It’s most typically used in the context of game meat.|
|27||INCENTIVE – from INVENTIVE, with C instead of V (Roman numerals for 100 and 5 respectively).|
|28||YOGURT – G[oodness] in (YOUR + T).|
|29/12/10/18/22||MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA YOU KILLED MY FATHER PREPARE TO DIE – deep breath. (ELIMINATION OF ENEMY IT APPEARS READY + MURKY METHODOLOGY I)*. If this doesn’t knock my formatting out of whack, nothing will. “Mandy” in this case is Mandy Patinkin, the actor who uttered the words.|
|1||STYX – hom. of “sticks”.|
|2||ROUT – R + OUT.|
|3||UNIONS – UNI + ONS.|
|4||GULAG – (U[seful] L[ife]) in GAG.|
|6||SEMINARY – SEMI + NARY.|
|7||METROPOLIS – (SILO + PORT + ‘EM)<.|
|8||VILLAINOUS – 0 in (VILLA IN U.S.).|
|9||ODOMETER – (0 + MET) in DOER.|
|13||HOMEOPATHY – (EMPTY HOO HA)* &lit;.|
|14||QUIETENING – QUI[t]E + TEN[d]ING.|
|17||ATHLETIC – H[o]LE in ATTIC.|
|21||VIENNA – VIE + N + N.A..|
|23||ORCZY – ORC + Z + Y. I assume this is the novelist Emma Orczy, but solved from wordplay, in my case.|
|24||LIVE – EVIL<.|
|25||MESS – MESS[age].|