Posted by Bertandjoyce on May 15th, 2012
A new compiler or someone in disguise?
So many of the clues were related that it was difficult to know where to start. For the first five minutes – nothing! It wasn’t until we had solved 23a, which thankfully was a straightforward clue, that the rest of the puzzle began to open up.
We googled ‘Glueball’ before we started and really should have taken more notice of the definition. Not only would it have given us a clue as to the theme of the puzzle but also 3d would not have required a word search at the end! Short-term memory loss seems to be a problem at our age!
The last scientific based puzzle we can remember was one set by Anarche as her alter-ego in “Another Place’. This one was a real teaser and even some of the un-themed clues took a fair amount of head-scratching to work out the parsing. This article in Time Magazine ties together all the related themed answers without getting TOO technical if you are interested!
Whoever you are, we enjoyed the challenge!
|1/5||THE GOD PARTICLE||Anagram of PILOT CHARGED (anagrind is ‘drunk’) ‘falling within’ first and last letters or ‘limits’ of T(ippl)E = the media often refer to Higgs boson (12A) as ‘The God Particle’. Apparently Lederman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist said he gave the Higgs boson the nickname “The God Particle” because the particle is “so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our final understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive”, but jokingly added that a second reason was because “the publisher wouldn’t let us call it the Goddamn Particle, though that might be a more appropriate title, given its villainous nature and the expense it is causing.”|
|9||ACCURATELY||CURATE (clergyman) within or ‘into’ anagram of CLAY (anagrind is ‘creation’) = all results from any experiment, let alone one in the LHC (16A/25/24), should always be accurately recorded|
|10||LION||(gang)LION (collection of nerve cells (14D)) with working group or ‘gang’ removed or ‘dumped’ = courageous person. This was one of our last ones in and we sat looking at it for ages before the penny dropped.|
|11||CERN||C(am)ER(o)N (Tory leader) with a second or ‘a mo’ being dropped or ‘going’ = the LHC (16A/25/24) is at the European Organization for Nuclear Research or CERN. We thought that Cern referred to a place but apparently the name is derived from the acronym for the French Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, or European Council for Nuclear Research, a provisional body founded in 1952 with the mandate of establishing a world-class fundamental physics research organization in Europe. In 1954 the Council was dissolved and given its new name but CERN was retained.|
|12||HIGGS BOSON||SO (thus) in anagram of GOING + BHS (anagrind is ‘new position’) = an elementary particle (23/5A) that has been predicted but has still not been found!|
|13/15||STANDARD MODEL||STANDARD (normal) + MODEL (shape) = The Higgs boson apparently plays a unique role in the Standard Model of particle physics|
|16/25/24||LARGE HADRON COLLIDER||Anagram of LOCA(l) ‘mostly’ + AND + HER OLDER GIRL(anagrind is ‘given makeover’) = place where particles (5As) collide or ‘smash’ into each other|
|17||SOLIDARY||We needed to check this one as we’d not come across it before although once we had the checking letters it was fairly easy to deduce. Reversal or ‘backing’ of RADIOS (devices that receive) around (‘holding’) L (roman numeral for 50) + Y (yard) = jointly responsible|
|19||ASSESSMENT||ASSET (something useful) around or ‘about’ SS (ship) + MEN (crew) = review|
|21||MASS||MAS (graduates) + S (succeeded) = The existence of the Higgs boson (12) is predicted by the Standard Model (13/15A) and if it is found it could help explain why particles (5As) have mass!|
|22||STYE||Hidden within na(STY E)ye = a nasty eye problem!|
|23||ELEMENTARY||Anagram of ENEMY LATER (anagrind is ‘destroyed’) = principal|
|2||HACKETT||(j)ACKET (coat with Jack or ‘j’ removed or ‘discarded’) within H (hard) T (time) = this menswear designer|
|3||GLUON||GLU(tt)ON (guzzler) removing or ‘not’ TT (averse to booze as in teetotal) = an elementary particle (23/5A). If we had remembered that a ‘glueball’ is a hypothetical subatomic particle consisting entirely of gluons bound together we would not have needed to use the word search facility at the end!|
|4||DEATH RATE||A lovely clue – we surely don’t need to add anything else!|
|5||PLEDGED||PL(o)D (Policeman without ‘o’ or ‘none shall escape’) around or ‘patrolling’ EDGE (nick) = made promise|
|6||REYES||R (anything but leftist) + EYES (scrutiny) = this Mexican poet|
|7||ILL WORDED||Anagram of ORWELL DID (anagrind is ‘badly’) = hopefully you would not describe any work by Orwell such!|
|8||LOO ROLL||Ethereal(L) (one end only!) + OO (pair as in pair of glasses or two ducks in cricket) + ROLL (flatten) = you need this when you go to the toilet or ‘pan’. Another one of those answers that we sat and looked at (not literally, we should add) before we managed to parse it. We couldn’t believe that there is even a wiki entry for it here!|
|14||NERVE CELL||Anagram of CERN (11) + LEVEL (anagrind is ‘adjusted’) = excitable signaller|
|15||MILK TEETH||ILK (class) with anagram of MET and THE (anagram is ‘riotous’) outside = first teeth or ‘choppers’ to show|
|16||LESOTHO||The first clue in so you can see how desperate we were! Hidden or ‘contained’ within (Aristot)LE SO THO(ought) = landlocked kingdom within South Africa – officially the Kingdom of Lesotho|
|17||SHE-BEAR||Anagram of BEER HAS (anagrind is ‘affected’) = female bruin|
|18||ROSARIO||Once we had a few checking letters we were able to work this one out from the cryptic. ROO (jumper) with SARI (dress) inside = overseas destination. In our opinion this was the weakest clue with its rather general definition|
|20||SPEND||SP (starting price – slang for ‘latest information’) + END (complete) = amount. We’re not totally happy with this clue. It all seems to work but was a contender for the weakest clue!|
|21||MUTED||Well……. we sat and looked at this one for a while. We knew it had to be ‘muted’ but couldn’t work out why until one of us realised that it was M(o)UT(h)ED (silently spoken) without o (old) and h (husband) = with reduced volume|