Posted by beermagnet on June 9th, 2012
That Anax, he is a “One” isn’t he ….
… and he can take that any way he likes (we had to).
Thank God for the long weekend – despite which I find myself writing this blog the day before publishing. Thinking I had plenty of time to get this solved and blogged, I savoured it (translation: spent ages stuck) and finished it sometime on Tuesday. Then followed 3 working days within which I had to fit in 5 days worth of work, somehow. So here I am reacquainting myself with the puzzle.
There was a small cock-up with the enumeration for 4D and 5D, swapped in the paper. I didn’t really notice till doing the blog. Luckily I hadn’t considered the enumeration when solving Masseur, and Rattail could probably get away as (7) anyway. Corrected now online.
I see that the completion message online says “Onederful”. Does that make the whole crossword a self-defining &Lit?
|1||PALINDROME||One is in top spot (10)
Def by example: TOP SPOT is one. Does that count as an &Lit? I think so
|6||RACE||One is on run in this (4)
R[un] ACE &Lit. Embarrassingly this was the next to last answer I got.
|10||PIANIST||One is in orchestral setting? (7)
AN IS (one is) inside PIT (orchestral setting) &Lit.
|11||SALERNO||One is keeping right and left while going around port (7)
R[ight]inside ONE, L[eft] AS (when) all reversed
|12||AIREDALE||One is after a cherry 24 for dog (8)
I (one) after A, RED (cherry) ALE (beer via 24)
|13||RAMIE||One is captivated by headless body in plant (5)
I (one) inside [f]RAME That one took a bit of research
|15||LOGICAL||One is breaking record, state being consistent (7)
I (one) inside LOG (record) and CAL (state)
|17||ROSANNA||One is leaving 27 after backing a short kind of girl (7)
N[i]NA (I – ONE leaving Nina via 27) after A SOR[t] (A short kind) All reversed
I wrote in Rosanne before understanding the wordplay which meant 8D and the rest of that top right corner remained barren till the end
|18||OVULATE||One is gutted about volunteers, darling, returning to supply eggs (7)
O[n]E (one is gutted) around TA (volunteers) and LUV (darling) reversed
Early success solving this from the forgiving wordplay
|20||PROPOSE||One is supporting huge electronic advance (7)
PRO (one is supporting) OS (huge) E[lectronic]
|21||SISAL||One is gathered by girl turning over fibre (5)
I (one) inside LASS reversed
|22||SOLECIST||One is in court representing gaffer? (8)
SOLE (one) then IS inside CT (court). Gaffer as in someone who makes a gaffe
|25||AVIDITY||One is keen to have this heartless song on video? (7)
DI[t]TY on AVI (video) I recognised AVI as an acronym for “video” but thought the I was for Interface – it ain’t: Audio_Video_Interleave
|26||REPLETE||One is finished after theatre rent charged (7)
REP (theatre) LET (rent) [on]E
|27||NINA||One is near oddly abandoned girl (4)
oNe Is NeAr alternate letter wordplay. Anax making sure there’s a leat one Nina in the grid.
|28||BROWN-NOSER||One is flattering client about Newsround? (5-5)
NNO (Newsround i.e. NN news, O round) inside BROWSER (client – as in software)
|1||PUPA||One is growing up in custody of old man (4)
UP inside PA. Hands up everyone who was looking for some kind of reversal wordplay
|2||LEADING QUESTION||One is asked by lawyer taking digs at queen to change into celebrity (7,8)
(DIGS AT QUEEN)* AInd: to change inside LION (celebrity) Not sure how LION is celebrity, something derived from being lionised?
|3||NOISE||One is sick of interference (5)
(ONE IS)* AInd: sick. Minimalist “One is” clue
|4||RAT-TAIL||One is depending on shock win, mostly, in game (3-4)
ATTAI[n] (win mostly) inside RL (game – Rugby League I presume?)
Shock as in hair. Very difficult. With all crossing letters this was one of the few answers that fitted. Then it took a while to justify the wordplay, and the Def (despite my own default tonsorial arrangements)
|5||MASSEUR||One is rubbing me around bottom, extremely unfair (7)
ME around ASS (bottom), U[nfai]R
Unfortunate Americanism creeping in – could’ve been avoided: Rubbing me over Jenny. There, sorted.
|7||ACRIMONIOUSNESS||One is in a scrum so might cause ill feeling (15)
(ONE IS IN A SCRUM SO)* AInd: might cause. Slightly dubious anagram indicator, but lovely fodder surface
|8||EXONERATED||One is in pornographic supporting role, ultimately justified? (10)
ONE inside X RATED (pornographic) underneath [rol]E
Last answer to fall, when I finally realised I had too many Es
It’s been a good many years since films have been X-rated – more than you think I bet – X changed to 18 nearly 30 years ago
|9||ALFRESCO||One is removed from coal fires raging outside (8)
(COAL FIRES – I)* AInd: raging
|14||BLOODSTAIN||One is potential evidence wasted on tabloids (10)
(ON TABLOIDS)* AInd: wasted. First answer. I was so pleased to fiddle out that anagram releasing a handful of first letters – with which like a flash, I could get nothing more
|16||CHAPLAIN||One is in church with an aim to welcome one? (8)
CH[urch] I inside A PLAN. Another &Lit
|19||ESSAYER||One is trying to find voice in limitless desert (7)
SAY (to find voice) inside [d]ESER[t]
|20||PILCROW||One is in business with 3 – sign of return? (7)
¶ I inside PLC (business) ROW (Noise – via 3) One of these: ¶
|23||CAPON||One is not going all the way, chasing better cock (5)
CAP (better?) ON[e] I’m not sure I can fully explain this wordplay.
|24||BEER||One is apparently a drink (4)
BE-ER (One is apparently).
Summary uses of “One is”:
|13||Part of Def (inc 4 &Lits)|
|17||Part of Wordplay|