Posted by Mister Sting on March 10th, 2012
I do like Samuel. I can’t remember exactly which past EVs were his, but his name is associated in my mind with a sort of pleasant, hazy, possibly-toughish-in-parts-but-fair feeling. Perhaps I’m post-rationalising, because I’d say that was a good description of this one.
There were some well-chosen ‘incorrect’ letters (17 down of the top of my head, but there were others) that kept one guessing. Personally, I was most amused by discovering the phrase ‘POKY GREMLINS’ written across the fifth line. Such light humour was entirely in keeping with the theme, as it turns out.
A bit of solving shows that she ‘possible alternatives’ seem to be nationalities, although a couple of these entries appear to have a rather unusual spelling. This oddity reveals their source. They are from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore (although not everyone knows that):
“…he might have been a ROOSIAN,
A FRENCH, or TURK, or PROOSIAN,
Or perhaps ITALIAN”
G&S fans will already know that he is none of these things, but they must wait for a moment.
The correct letters spell out this phrase:
OTHER IN SPITE OF ALL TEMPTATIONS NATIONS
which is a cryptic indication of further lines in the song (the central phrase ‘belongs to’ OTHER NATIONS).
This also indicates ‘the result of the LOYALTY’ that must be highlighted in the grid, namely:
“…in spite of all temptations
To belong to other nations,
He remains AN ENGLISHMAN!”
which we find along the NW/SE diagonal.
Here, perversely, is an Australian version of the song.
(xxx) = definition
[xxx] = (anagram/homophone/container/etc.) indicator
XXX* = anagram
< = reversal
xxx = unused letter(s)
Please post a comment if the explanations are not clear.
|O||1||AUTHORS||Hospital in drama runs society for those writing down wards (7)||those writing down words: ins. of H (hospital) in AUTO (drama) + R (runs) + S (society)|
|T||7||TWIRP||African rep disembowelled cook (5)||coot: TWI (African) + R
|H||9||EQUITY||English clear yankee snares? (6)||shares: E (English) + QUIT (clear) + Y (yankee)
|E||10||SAGO||Decline of cereal obtained from trek (4)||cereal obtained from tree: SAG (decline) + O (of)|
|R||11||PORNO||Endless sport, drama, exotic film (5)||erotic film:
|I||12||LIKELY||Pale about hollow kite on order (6)||in order: ins. of K
|N||13||POKY||“Parking satisfactory”, unknown confided (4)||confined: P (parking) + OK (satisfactory) + Y (unknown)|
|S||14||GREMLINS||Men and girls fighting – they might damage planet! (8)||they might damage planes: MENGIRLS* [fighting]|
|P||16||ISRAEL||Troubled isle adopting god where Ceres presides (6)||where Peres presides: ins. [adopting] of RA (god) in ISLE* [troubled]|
|I||20||INANGA||Fash before being captured by Scandinavian woman (6)||fish: ins. [being captured by] of AN (before) in INGA (Scandinavian woman)|
|T||21||AROUSERS||Topless revellers, people who make one hop (8)||people who make one hot:
|E||22||SPAN||Spill special container (4)||spell: S (special) + POT (container)|
|O||23||ESCHAR||Bit if discarded tissue search collapsed (6)||bit of discarded tissue: SEARCH* [collapsed]|
|F||25||THING||Slight German pact (5)||fact: THIN (slight) + G (German)|
|A||27||OBIA||Some phobias block magic from yesteryear (4)||black magic from yesteryear: phOBIAs [some]|
|L||28||FREMDS||Ariens plot over managing directors (6)||aliens: <[over]ERF (plot) + MDS (managing directors)|
|L||30||PATENT||Shelter father first eying open (6)||lying open: PA (father) + TENT (shelter)|
|T||31||ESNES||Detect backing for Anglo-Saxons forced to soil (5)||Anglo-Saxons forced to toil: <[backing]SENSE (detect)|
|E||32||TALLINN||Vast European capital’s remarkable pub (7)||East European capital: TALL (remarkable) + INN (pub)|
|M||1||ALF||Ignorant ban short grass (3)||ignorant man: ALF
|P||2||UNROOST||Peacekeepers race to Shetlands to dislodge carrot? (7)||to dislodge parrot: UN (peacekeepers) + ROOST (race to Shetlands)|
|T||3||TIER||Rank knob maker (4)||knot maker: TIER (rank)|
|A||4||HINNY||Club is lacking noise a boy makes? (5)||noise a bay makes: removal [lacking] of S (is) from SHINNY (club)|
|T||5||ONCOGENS||Agents causing rumours applied to cheat entity (8)||agents causing tumours: ON (applied to) + COG (cheat) + ENS (entity)|
|I||6||SQUIER||Interminably lampoon queen’s rule for chaps (6)||rule for chips: SQUI
|O||8||WISELY||Crafty about striker elbowing at first not like a foul? (6)||not like a fool: ins. [about] of SE [Striker Elbowing at first] in WILY (crafty)|
|N||13||PINAFORE||Fix before it could keep one clear (8)||it could keep one clean: PIN (fix) + AFORE (before)|
|S||15||MINSTREL||Finger relative supporting mass in street (8)||singer: M (mass) + IN + ST (street) + [supporting] REL (relative)|
|N||17||UGANDAN||Loathe a new level of proficiency for Amis, perhaps (7)||Amin, perhaps: UG (loathe) + A + N (new) + DAN (level of proficiency)|
|A||18||MUCATE||Dirt nearly destroyed silt (6)||salt: MUC
|T||19||LEARNT||God to know Arab in fast (6)||got to know: ins. of AR (Arab) in LENT (fast)|
|I||22||SHELL||Rend spoiled flesh left for female (5)||rind: FLESH* [spoiled], with L (left) replacing F (female)|
|O||24||HUES||Shouting succeeded tunes (4)||tones: HUE (shouting) + S (succeeded)|
|N||26||IMPI||Pigmy pair regularly met fighting in African (4)||men fighting in African: pIgMyPaIr [regularly]|
|S||29||SIN||Son wearing cloth, for example (3)||sloth, for example: S (son) + IN (wearing)|