Posted by twencelas on July 7th, 2012
So my first blog of an Anax puzzle – should be fun and hopefully have a theme, or even two and a good few chuckles along the way?
Indeed it was fun (and if I’ve parsed 23/8 correctly a little risque too) and yes there is a theme.
24 across is the key to the theme and I must admit to needing the dubious reliability of wikipedia to read up on the subject matter. The theme is the 1958 musical GIGI,
- with the screenplay by Alan Jay LERNER (12ac)
- music by Frederick LOEWE (3dn)
- the song THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS (4dn 1ac)
- famously sung by both PETER SELLERS (23/8 dn) and MAURICE CHEVALIER (20/14dn).
I use the word famously a little loosely here, as musicals are not my forte and I needed to look up this information to confirm the answers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigi_%281958_film%29 for more information.
The Maurice Chevalier version is at:
Peter Sellers version is at:
And for more on the novella that inspired the musical
If you want more information then search for “Gigi musical” as Gigi when googled brings back some unconnected information.
Anyway I don’t quite know how to mention a sub theme I discovered, if I’ve parsed 23/8dn as the author intended then with 9ac and 2dn, the sub theme is perhaps a little risque (as was the musical, for its time)! If not please accept my apologies. There may be other references too – like musicals, I’m no expert on this subject.
Anyway thank you Anax, for an education in the world of musicals and some wickedly funny clues.
1 See 4 Down (FOR LITTLE GIRLS)
9 wed (tied knot) around (to secure) (paper it)* (anagram indicator loose) = WIRETAPPED (was a bugger as in eavesdropping)
10 m (minute) + ilk (type) = MILK (Use)
11 Homonym (indicated by if you talk) of Buy (swallow) + weakly (feebly) = BIWEEKLY (once a fortnight)
12 Thematic erne (bird) in l and r (both hands) = LERNER
13 rest –t (short break) + cue (prompt) = RESCUE (liberation)
15 anon (shortly) + is (one’s) in ce (church) = CANONISE (Get into sacred writings)
16 BSE (cattle killer) + r (runs) in over (left) = OBSERVER
19 (hUrT gUnMaN – hrgna (odd letters) after a = AUTUMN (fall)
21 sp (extremely steep) + rain (fall?) = SPRAIN (Pull)
22 stout (plump) around rip (rent) = STRIP OUT (Take items from the balance sheet)
24 Thematic gi + gi (soldiers) = GIGI (Play)
25 Epic (great) around [gas (wind) + tri (oddly turnip)] = EPIGASTRIC (in part of abdomen)
26 mo (little time) + (score trivial)* = MORAL VICTORIES (Whole clue)
2 Or (men) + if (provided) + ice (rocks) = ORIFICE (Space)
3 Thematic Homonym of low (squat) = LOEWE
4/1 Thematic Misses (as in little girls) recognised (as in appreciated – Thank heaven for) = THANK HEAVEN FOR LITTLE GIRLS (Song in GIGI)
5 l (line) + in + c (chapter) around (spy)* (anagram indicator new) = LIP SYNC (Media correspondence)
6 Go (pass) + d (daughter) = GOD (Being upstairs)
7 REM (Disbanded group) + brand (kind) + t (heart of dutch) = REMBRANDT (Artist)
8 See 23
12 Homonym (indicated by said to be) of liner (ship) + Brest (French port) = LINE ABREAST
14 See 20
17 Bap (roll) + Rev (it) + sm (officer) = BAPTISM (Initiation)
18 Reversed hidden in captaIN IS SORRy = ROSSINI (Italian scorer as in composer)
20/14 Thematic Rev rum (suspect) around a + (race vehicle)* = MAURICE CHEVALIER
23/8 Thematic Male prostitutes? Peter (as in slang for penis see Chambers definition 3) sellers = PETER SELLERS
25 Hidden morE ELectricity = EEL (User of electric organ as in electric eel)