Posted by Bertandjoyce on April 17th, 2012
A bit of a mixed bag today we feel from Scorpion. We deduced the theme fairly early on and thought that we would have to resort to the internet to work out some of the answers. As it turned out, that wasn’t the case and we completed the puzzle reasonably quickly. Splitting the single theme word into three ‘normal’ clues was original and ingenious.
There were some very clever clues but a few rather contrived ones which just seemed to try too hard – 15a being one such example. We are great fans of the News Quiz on Radio 4 and it was lovely to see a familiar name from the show in the grid. We really do hope that she is a fan of crosswords! If she isn’t …. perhaps she’d like to start!
We’re not sure that Alcoholic’s Anonymous would like to be referred to as a ‘boozy group’ when the whole essence of their existence is to give people the support to solve their drink problems. Please read the comment from Eimi below for an explanation!
Neither of us is into football but we think that 7a featured in a recent puzzle either in the Indie or ‘Another Place’!
Thanks to Wanderer@6 for pointing out the missing 19d. We agree with the parsing with ‘ban’ meaning black as in boycott.
|6||SCAN||CAN’S (John’s – both slang words for toilet) with toe (last letter) moved to the front = examine – the first part of the theme word|
|7||SCHMEICHEL||Anagram of SCHEME + CHIL (50% of children) (anagrind is ‘arranged’) = Scandinavian footballer voted as the world’s best goalkeeper in 1992 and 1993. Click the link if you want to see some his famous saves when he played for Manchester United!|
|9||BERING||BE (experience) + RING (call) = Scandinavian navigator known for his two explorations of the Asian continent and North America. The The Bering Sea, Strait, Island, Glacier and Land Bridge are all named in his honour. There is a very good account of his exploration of Alaska in the novel of the same name by James A Michener. This was our last one in. ‘Be’ as a synonym for ‘experience’ seems a little contrived.|
|10||BEOWULF||The alternate (oddly ignored) letters of iBsEn (14d) + O (old) + WULF (if you recite it, it sounds like ‘wolf’ an animal that howls!) = an Anglo-Saxon poem set in Scandinavia|
|11||AMUNDSEN||UND (German for ‘and’) + S (succeeded) within or ‘during’ AMEN (end of prayer) = The Scandinavian explorer who was the first person to reach the South Pole. There’s an excellent exhibition at the Natural History Museum about Scott’s last expedition if you haven’t already visited it which explores some of the differences between the two expeditions.|
|13||AVIAN||AA (Alcoholic’s Anonymous – ‘boozy group’) around or ‘about’ VI (Roman numerals for six) + N (note) = of birds – the third part of the theme word. The dead tree version has an amended clue which is much better – see the comments below.|
|15||TRIBUNE||U after or ‘pursuing’ RIB (guy as in ‘make fun of’) within an anagram of NET(s) (without the final letter or ‘shortly’) – anagrind is ‘wanting transfer’ = Classic guardian – in Ancient Rome a tribune was a magistrate who defended the rights of the plebians|
|16||TOKSVIG||OK’S (authorises) + V (victory) within or ‘during’ TIG (children’s game) = Scandinavian comedienne, Sandi Toksvig. If you have never listened to the ‘News Quiz’ on Radio 4 then follow this link – you are really missing out!|
|20||ECLAT||TALC (cosmetic) + E (principal or first letter of ‘enhancement’) reversed or ‘brought about’ = cosmetic enhancement may bring about a striking effect or éclat!|
|22||EERINESS||Anagram of IS RESEEN (anagrind is ‘bats’) = Horror movies may feature this|
|23||BIDDING||D (final letter of ‘rumbled’) + DI (Inspector) inside or ‘in’ BING (as in Bing Crosby) = in bridge the players have to make bids|
|23||EDBERG||D (heading of ‘divorce’) within or ‘impregnating’ GREBE (bird) reversed or ‘on the rebound’ = this former No 1 professional tennis player from Sweden|
|27||ORANGUTANS||RANG (phoned) + anagram of AUNT (anagrind is ‘abroad’) within or ‘surrounded’ by OS (Jack or Ordinary seaman) = animals who live in SE Asia|
|28||ABBA||BB (guest house as in Bed and Breakfast) within AA (Alloa ‘vacant’ or emptied so you are left with just the initial and final letters) = this Scandinavian group|
|1||SCREAMER||CREAM (as in Bailey’s Cream) within ShErRy (periodic or ‘odd’ letters of sherry) = a powerful shot mat be intended to thrill you with emotion which can be described as a screamer although it’s not a phrase that we have heard of before|
|2||RNLI||Hidden within ea(RN LI)quor = seamen who are dedicated to saving lives as in this charity for those of you who are not based in the UK|
|3||SHEBANG||SHEBA (biblical kingdom) + NG (no good) = lot as in the whole lot or whole shebang|
|4||FEDORA||FOR A (for one) outside ED (editor or newspaperman) = a type of headwear|
|5||DEAFEN||EA (each) + F (fathoms) inside DEN (hideaway) = heavy rock stars are renowned for being very loud!|
|7||SIGNS IN||SIN (something wrong) about IGN(i)S (Roman word for fire without i, or one) = reports|
|8||CRU||R (central letter of Syrah) within CU (first and last letters or ‘perimeter’ of chateau) = cryptic definition – a term used to identify a vineyard (or chateau) which could also be described as a centre for syrah wine|
|12||NOBEL||B (initial letter of ‘busy’) within or ‘during’ NOEL (Christmas period) = this Swedish chemist who invented dynamite and used some of his fortune to institute the Nobel Prize|
|14||IBSEN||NESBI(t) (‘writer Edith’)reversed or ‘in retirement’ without or ‘wasting’ t (time) = this Norwegian playwright and poet. The word ’writer’ seems to serve two purposes here – one for the English writer Edith Nesbit and also for the Norwegian playwright|
|17||OARLESS||ARLES (French city) reversed or ‘circling’ inside OS (boatman as in Ordinary Seaman) = without a paddle. Thanks to Mark B for noticing the gremlin that crept in along the way!|
|18||INSCRIBE||CRIB (card game) inside SE (London area) with IN at the beginning (‘popular at first’) = scratch|
|20||EKBERG||ERG(o) (therefore without O or Oscar) around or ‘keeping’ KBE (award as in Knight Commander of the British Empire) = this Swedish model and film star famous for her role in the Fellini film La Dolce Vita|
|21||TRIP UP||RIP (tear) within TUP (a sheep or ‘wooly thing’!) = fluff, as in make a mistake|
|24||DIN||DIN(go) (canine without or ‘avoiding’ ‘go’ (try)) = commotion – the second part of the theme word|
|26||BOAR||BOA (stole) + R (last letter of cobbler) = swine|