Posted by Hihoba on April 4th, 2012
Reasonable start this week, but a tricky finish.
We were asked to identify a “joiner” from “components” deduced from the unclued entries, and from misprinted letters in 15 clues.
There were also blank spaces in 11 answers where the given grid length was longer than that of the answer.
The JOINER turned out to be the AMPERSAND. Coincidentally I have recently read the excellent book by Simon Garfield, “Just my Type” which has a chapter devoted to the ampersand, which is a LIGATURE OF E AND T, the phrase spelled out by the misprinted letters. i.e. it is the Latin ET formalised in a single symbol. Perhaps Hypnos was also given the book for Christmas!
The “components” were to be indicated by the unclued entries which were: Down, WELSH, NOVELIST, MORNING and FOR EACH, and Across, COLOUR, PERIOD and MEMBER.
Now MORNING led easily to AM, and a vague memory of the Welsh Assembly led to AM also being an Assembly Member – a WELSH MEMBER.
PER is defined as FOR EACH and is also an abbreviation for PERIOD and
SAND is a COLOUR (a bit weak) and also Georges Sand the NOVELIST.
This breakdown was strangely similar to our last blog on 1218 where we broke SAXE-COBURG GOTHA down in the same way!
This left the problem of the blank spaces, and where to put the few letters in the long grid slots. I worked on the principle that these short words should not interfere with any other clue. e.g. letters from a down clue clashing with blanks in an across clue and vice-versa. This should leave space for a drawn & symbol. The problem is that there are so many possible ampersand symbols – each font has its own – that exactly what to draw is a bit of a lottery! After some difficulty a flash of inspiration connected the B of NOB and the B of BASE, which I had in separate squares. Relocating them to the same square gave me space for a conventional ampersand as shown below.
Two clues remain a problem. 15A uses the word Drudge to define PLOD and I think it should have been Trudge – a confusing extra misprint! In 36A Ho and Ba are happy with IRON meaning “resolution” though (as my comment on the wordplay indicates) I (Hi) am not. I shall be interested to read any comments on these points.
An observation on the clues is that there are five double definition clues, but only one straight anagram. I miss my anagrams!
|No.||Clue with correction. Definition underlined.||Misprint / blanks||Answer||Wordplay|
|1|| Ill-disciplined L(d)ad might have
received this cut in fall
blocking sportsman’s girlfriend
|L||WALLOPING||WAG (Wives And Girlfriends)round LIN (waterfall) round LOP (cut)|
|7||Forbidden key for all to see||TABU||TAB (key) + U(niversal film classification)|
|10||Record kept in current era||ENTER||Hidden in currENT ERa|
|12||Weak fabric||LAME||Double definition (LAMÉ)|
|14||Refined title of respect in Burma||3||U||Double definition|
|15||Drudge left in school||PLOD||L in POD (school). I would have been happier if this had a misprint and had been Trudge. I could find no link between drudge and plod.|
|16||Brands those with powers of divinity we hear||1||SEARS||Sounds like SEERS|
|18||Show exaggerated feeling taking TV device right away||EMOTE||(R)EMOTE|
|19||VI(a)le seen in Swiss overlooking lake||I / 2||BASE||BASEL (city) minus L(ake)|
|20||Stylish number provided by twenty outwardly||1||NIFTY||N(umber) + IF (provided) + T(went)Y|
|21||Piece of mail showing river instead of good apple||1||RUSSET||GUSSET (piece of mail) with R(iver) in place of G(ood)|
|23||RuG(e)Mexican dancer shunning a prominent feature||G / 4||MAT||MATACHIN (dancer) minus A CHIN|
|25||It might be added to meA(e)t very old group with vehicle||A||VELOUTE||V(ery) + ELO (old group – Electric Light Orchestra) + UTE (vehicle)|
|27||Agricultural T(f)ool in school||T||HARROW||Double definition|
|31||Plain national literature recalled||LLANO||Hidden reversed in natiONAL Literature|
|33||Old type of rhino that’s close? Not half||INTI||(Obsolete currency of Peru); INTI(mate)|
|34||Meat, one obtained in open grassland mostly||VEAL||A (one) in VEL(d)|
|35||DrU(a)b policeman’s round||U||BEAT||Double definition|
|36||Study endless resolution in actor||DE NIRO||DEN (study) + IRO(n) = resolution?? not in my dictionaries!|
|37||Come to portion of R(l)iver||R||REACH||Double definition|
|38||In East, criminal fE(o)llows Indian vehicle with rear missing||E||TONG||TONG(a) (Indian vehicle)|
|39||TV character found ordinary among unusually hot crowd||DOCTOR WHO||O(rdinary) in [HOT CROWD]*|
|2||Condition I intend to be taken up among reformist group||ANAEMIA||I MEAN reversed in A(lcoholics) A(nonymous)|
|3||Cunning US general put on network||LEERY||(General) LEE + RY (network)|
|4||DO(i)g piece of favourable publicity lecturer put out||O / 3||PUG||P(L)UG|
|5||Bring up good tofF(u)||F / 3||NOB||BON reversed|
|6||Learner probing old Shetlands instrument getting stick||GLUE||L(earner) in GUE (instrument)|
|7||Feature of tE(u)rn perhaps given by Brown once amid cheers||E||TOPMAST||(TERN is a schooner) PM (Brown once) in TOAST (cheers!)|
|8||Man not quiet with very large ancient instrument||AULOS||(P)AUL + OS|
|9||Aspect of seA(x) perhaps rude town indulged||A||UNDERTOW||[RUDE TOWN]*|
|11||Dull game linked to filthy place||1||RUSTY||R(ugby) U(nion) + STY|
|13||Bold element in rugby entertaining Northern fellow||MANFUL||MAUL (element in rugby) round N(orthern) F(ellow)|
|17||What might unite followers in clubs over northerly river||2||CREDO||C(lubs) + ODER (river) reversed|
|22||PeN(t) getting a home in the home counties||N||SCRIBE||CRIB (home) in SE|
|24||A timeless gauge for foreign ruler||1||AMEER||A + ME(T)ER|
|26||He might show reD(p) cape with seaweed in a bit on reflection||D||TORERO||ORT (a bit) reversed round ORE (seaweed)|
|27||Poor actor allowed in play||HAMLET||HAM + LET – the easiest ever Inquisitor clue?|
|28||Eastern god is taken in||EATEN||E(ast) + ATEN (god)|
|29||Colour curve on road? Not initially||AMBER||(C)AMBER|
|30||PlaT(n)e staying in airport hopefully||T||ORTHO||Hidden in airpORT HOpefully|
|32||Poet showing eagerness with love for acting||OVID||AVID (eagerness) with O (love) for A(cting)|