Posted by RatkojaRiku on July 3rd, 2012
It is a while since I have solved or blogged a Radian, so I was relishing the challenge this morning.
In light of my recent failures to spot Ninas, I was on my guard today, although the grid didn’t really lend itself to one. Thus, no Nina from what I can tell, but what we do have is a themed puzzle around Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with a straightforward gateway clue at 4.
Although I am not very familiar with this play, I knew most of the characters referred to in the solutions. The quotations at 1 and 27 were unfamiliar to me, but they could be identified satisfactorily from the wordplay. Incidentally, the song at 1 is the source of the English expression “sea-change” – thank you, Wikipedia!
I was held up a long time by 8, which, given the theme, I assumed had to be ARIEL, a homophone of AERIAL, although I couldn’t make it fit the clue. As it happens, Radian had already slipped Ariel and another Tempest character, the Duke (of Milan), into 2 (with a non-Tempest solution!), so I ought to have realised that this was a red herring.
My favourite clues today were 21, for its originality in the wordplay, and the beautifully smooth, concise and topical & lit. at 5/13, although perhaps I am tad biased having seen the torch in my home town just last week.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||FULL FATHOM FIVE||FULL (=plump) + FATHOM (=6’, i.e. six feet, as a measure of depth) + FIVE (=5, i.e. numeral); the definition is “so begins Tempest’s (=entry at 4) song”, sung by Ariel in Act 1 Scene 2|
|8||DJINN||Homophone (“picked up”) of “gin” (=spirit); a djinn is a spirit in Muslim theology|
|9||MAYFLIES||*(MY LIFE’S A); “shambles” is anagram indicator|
|11||LUDDITE||Cryptic definition: the Luddites destroyed machinery in English factories in a protest against unemployment in 1812-18, hence “breaking news”|
|12||PROSPER||Prosper<o> (=Tempest’s magician, i.e. entries at 4 and 25; “nearly” means last letter dropped)|
|15||TACTICIAN||CIA (=spies) in [TACT (=discretion) + IN]|
|17||BOATSWAIN||*(SAT IN A BOW + A); “novel” is anagram indicator; the definition is “Tempest (entry at 4) character”|
|20||TOT UP||T<rade> U<nion> (“leaders” means first letters only) in TOP (=highest)|
|21||NUTCASE||Definition: “crackpot”; a nut case is a shell, hence “she’ll ignore punctuation”, i.e. with apostrophe dropped|
|23||MIRANDA||MI (I’M=writer’s; “back” indicates reversal) + R AND A (=St Andrews, i.e. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, based in St Andrews); the definition is “Tempest (=entry at 4) character”|
|25||MAGICIAN||[AG (=silver) + <t>I<e>C<l>I<p>] in MAN (=chap); & lit.|
|26||INGOT||Hidden (“to some extent”) in “blockING OThers”|
|27||O BRAVE NEW WORLD||[BRA (=underwear) + *(WE’VE WORN)] in OLD (=former); “out” is anagram indicator; the definition is “Miranda’s (=entry at 23) view”, from Act 5 Scene 1 of The Tempest|
|1||FIDELITY BOND||*(ONE FIDDLY BIT); “loose” is anagram indicator; a fidelity bond is a form of US insurance, hence “cover instrument in US”|
|2||LAIRD||*(ARI<e>L) + D (=duke); “tricksy” indicates an anagram; “energy (=E) wasted” means the letter “e” is dropped from anagram|
|3||FANLIGHTS||FAN (=cooler) + LIGHTS (=lands, as verb); fanlights are windows over doors or over windows, hence “they cap entries”|
|4||TEMPEST||*(MEP) in TEST (=match); “trained” is anagram indicator|
|5/13||OLYMPIC TORCH||*(TROPHY COMIC<a>L); “fiery” is anagram indicator; “amateur (=A) lifted” means the letter “a” is dropped from anagram; & lit.|
|6||FOLIO||OIL (=perhaps crude) + O (=old) + F (=fellow); “picked up” indicates vertical reversal|
|7||VIEWPOINT||VIE (=struggle) + W (=with) + POINT (=aim)|
|10||TRANSPLANTED||N (=new) in *(DENTAL PARTS); “wobbly” is anagram indicator|
|14||ROAST LAMB||STLAM (MALTS=whisky; “served up” indicates vertical reversal) in *(BOAR); “wild” is anagram indicator|
|16||INTERVIEW||*(ITV + <t>RIE<d> + NEW); “no-frills” means first and last letters dropped; “format” is anagram indicator|
|18||APELIKE||<s>LI<m> in [A + PEKE (=dog, i.e. Pekinese)]; “clipped” means first and last letters dropped|
|19||NOMINEE||OM (=order, i.e. Order of Merit) in [NINE (=9, i.e. numeral) + E (euros)]|
|22||ANIMA||Reversed (“upset”) and hidden (“during”) in “exAMINAtion”; in Jungian psychology, anima is the female component of the male personality|
|24||NIGER||REGIN<a> (=monarch; “almost” means last letter is dropped); “overthrown” indicates vertical reversal|