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Guardian 25,608 – Brendan

Posted by manehi on April 12th, 2012


Enjoyed this a lot, especially the theme. Favourite clues 11a, 15d and 19d.

9 ACADEMISM =”adherence to formal rules”. An art movement influenced by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts (Madame is)* around C[onstant]
10, 16 WOODY ALLEN =”movie great” ALL=Everyone inside WOOD=club + YEN=longing. Woody Allen directed MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
11 TANGO =”Dance music” [broadcas]T=TANGO in the NATO phonetic alphabet
12 PARIETALS =”Bones in the skull” ET AL=”and others” in PARIS
13 IN PARIS =”Capital location” Can follow several of the answers elsewhere in the puzzle to form names of films: [An] American in Paris, April in Paris, Last Tango in Paris, Midnight in Paris
14 CORSICA =”French region” COR=”French horn” + SIC=thus + A
17 DUMAS =”French author” DUM[b] AS[s]
19 MAN =”old boy” repeatedly appears in comMANd perforMANce
20 APRIL alluding to the song=”air” April in Paris Browning wrote “Oh to be in England, now that April’s here…”
21 ACCUSED =”as his government was by Zola” with his famous “J’accuse!” ACCU[r]SED
22 CAMPION A flower, and a poet (Thomas Campion) P[arking] inside CAMION=French for truck
24 GREGORIAN =”new style of dating” (Ignore rag)*
28 NOISE =”what we hear” N[orthern] + OISE=tributary of Seine
29 HEMINGWAY =”Sometime American in Paris” (enigma why)*
1 LAST =”Persevere” L[earner]=”inexpert driver” + AS=when + T=”tee”
2 CATNAP cryptic def
3 BED OF ROSES double def =”Delightful spot”, and Ramblers are a kind of rose.
4 HIPPOS =”African animals” HIPS=fruit around PO=river
5 AMERICAN “When good Americans die, they go to Paris” – Oscar Wilde
6 TWEE =”Overly cute” TWEE[d], where “stuff”=>textile=>tweed
7 DOUANIER French customs officer (Andre Oui)*
8 AYES “Votes for” Rutherford B [H]AYES is the Republican president
13 INDIA “land in Asia” “I”=INDIA in the NATO phonetic alphabet (As communicated by pilot)
15 ROAD-MAKING cryptic def “Rues” being the French for “roads”
18 MICHELIN =”company of stars” Saint Michel = “Saintly Frenchman” + IN
19 MIDNIGHT =”when PM [as in 11:59pm] finishes” rev(DIM)=”Raised stupid” + (thing)*
22 CINEMA =”Art form” Spelt the same in French, but with an acute accent on the E
23 IN-LAWS =”Part of extended family” Ned KELLY was an Australian outlaw
24,26 GENE KELLY =”Player of American in Paris” GENE[ra]LLY with two letters changed to KE
25 OMEN =”Sign” rev(NEMO)=”French author’s antihero put up”
27 YO-YO =”popular toy” The cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born (delivered) in Paris

25 Responses to “Guardian 25,608 – Brendan”

  1. Aoxomoxoa says:

    Thanks for the blog. Think 15 should be ROAD MAKING.

  2. apple granny says:

    15d is road making (not building)
    27d – we got, but failed to connect with yo yo ma. Very good!
    last one in was Michelin (19d) since we also forgot the michelin stars for restaurants etc.
    But what a great crossword! One of the best, and the French theme was fun. Also enjoyed the ene Kelly/Ned Kelly link.

  3. manehi says:

    Thanks, Aoxomoxoa and apple granny – Edited now. Must have had Road Building on my mind after playing Settlers of Catan last night…

  4. Kathryn's Dad says:

    This was a lovely puzzle which I enjoyed very much, with its va-et-vient theme nicely done. DUMAS and GREGORIAN were favourites today, but there was plenty of other good stuff too. And considering the amount of thematic material, it was still pretty accessible. Bravo, Brendan.

  5. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    Well, well. I am not a fan of themes but if you are going to have one why not have two and mingle them; and why not avoid any reference to either (19d,22d) when it is doubly present.
    This was a straightforward solve with quite a number of clever clues. I particularly liked 15d, 17ac 29ac.

  6. Eileen says:

    Thanks, manehi, for the excellent blog.

    This was vintage Brendan, with the intricate linking of themes – there’s so much more to find when you think you’ve finished! And far too many ‘favourite’ clues to begin to list them.

    [Pedantic correction to 20ac: ‘now that April’s there': ]

    It’s a really good day for puzzles – Klingsor and Redshank recommended!

    Many thanks, Brendan, for a really enthrallng and enjoyable puzzle.

  7. tupu says:

    Thanks manehi and Brendan

    I enjoyed solving this and working out, in some cases retrospectively, what the logic of the clues was e.g. I had to check out the relevant Wilde quotation, YoYoMa’s birthplace, President Hayes, and The Woody Allen/midnight/in Paris link once the answers themselves were clear. I missed the Last Tango allusion. I did not worry overmuch about the French linguistic and cultural allusions, but I would not be surprised if they leave some otherwise good solvers a little cold. I had most difficulty parsing 13d (obvious once seen) and 19d (the night/thing anagram eluded me at first).
    I ticked 17a, 19a, 24a, 2d, 18d, 19d, 23d – some while solving and others after parsing. Unlike some other commenters, I don’t mind seeing what extra is going on after completing the grid.

  8. chas says:

    Thanks to manehi for the blog. You explained several where I thought the answer must be xxx but why?

    Once I had got IN PARIS I then thought that 12a should be PARISIANS then I got 6d :(

    I did not know the Oscar Wilde quote so 5d was another one that left me scratching my head.

  9. RCWhiting says:

    Was President Hayes resposible for the notorious and laughable Hayes Code for films.
    It insisted that during bedroom scenes one foot should remain on he floor. How lacking in imagination!

  10. darkstarcrashes says:

    Very enjoyable. Particularly like the unreferenced 1,11,13ac movie tease.

  11. MJ says:

    Re. 9 – No, he died in 1893! I think you’ll find that Hayes was the national film censor of the time –

  12. Robi says:

    Zut alors! Zis eez a foni cross-mot. Theme words nicely fitted in.

    Thanks, manehi; I didn’t parse IN-LAWS or YO-YO properly. When I saw TANGO IN PARIS, I thought it was a shame that he hadn’t fitted in LAST, until I looked above (doh!)

    I tried Citroen for the French vehicle at first, although it didn’t really work. I particularly liked MICHELIN.

  13. molonglo says:

    Thanks manehi. I was determined to finish this sans aides so it took a little longer. Thanks also for explaining YOYO which I got but didn’t get. Very much liked the NW corner with its last tango links to the 13a theme. One of the earliest in was 17a, with a sourire. Formidable, Brendan.

  14. liz says:

    Thanks, manehi. I really liked this puzzle – a joy to solve from start to finish. Needed the blog to parse 27dn correctly, although I have heard of the cellist. Lots of smiles throughout :-)

  15. crypticsue says:

    Very enjoyable – once I found my themed crossword chapeau, I had great fun. Thanks to Brendan and to manehi.

  16. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks for correction. Strangely, 8d was one of my first in which would not have happened if I had known that.

  17. Dave H says:

    Firstly thanks for the blog as I was one who certainly neded it to explain 5d, 20a, 29a and 27d.
    Usually really enjoy Brendan and I don,t wish to be the party pooper but I have a big issue with clues that have no cryptic element to them and soley rely on knowledge to get the answer. This is particularily true of 5d and 20a where I have absolutely no knowledge of the quote and writings of Wilde and Browning and there was no other way of determining an answer. At least 29a had an anagram and 27d a definition which led to reference searches to establish the reason for the answer.
    Apart from this gripe I thought the rest of the crossword was first rate.

  18. martin says:

    13d. As communicated by pilot… “in de air” (India). I know, terrible, but that’s how my brain worked!

  19. brucew_aus says:

    A very nice puzzle today … thanks Brendan and comprehensively blogged … thank manehi.

    Spoiled with two good ones in a row. First in TANGO and last one in was MICHELIN with a groan when realised that it was the star-ratings for hotels and restaurants. Needed help with the parsing of YO-YO MA.

    Such clever and subtle clueing with favourites 24, 19d and 5d. Nice to see NED make it two days running.

  20. Frances says:

    I loved this one, so thank you Brendan.

    I’m usually a lurker a few days or weeks later, as it often takes me that long to finally give up. But I’ve just spent 4 happy hours on this one with only 4d unsolved (several unexplained – so thanks, Manehi). I was looking for a 4-letter fruit with ‘R’ for river in it. “Limers” nearly worked! Having cheated on that one, 12a came nicely.

    Martin @18 – You weren’t alone in your reasoning!!!

    I’ll be back if/when I ever finish on the same day again.

  21. TMR says:

    Didn’t appreciate this one at all I’m afraid. It’s fine to have a theme but not fine to use CAMPION as “French vehicle” – I studied French to a respectable level and have never come across that word. YOYO I also found obscure, and “stuff = material = tweed” is unacceptably indirect.

    Aside from that there were a couple of decent clues but not enough to salvage this one.

  22. g larsen says:

    TMR @21

    Look again – the French vehicle is CAMION, which is surely well-known to those with even a smattering of French.

    I thought this was a terrific puzzle – felicitations a Brendan!

  23. Richard says:

    TMR @21

    French vehicle = camion, p = parking = campion (a flower)

    See blog above.

  24. tupu says:

    Hi TMR

    I think, as menehi says, the vehicle is ‘camion’ with P for poarking inside.

  25. RCWhiting says:

    ‘stuff’is a regular in cryptics as a synonym for textiles,so stuff= tweed is direct.

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