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Enigmatic Variations 1025: 13 Down by Kcit

Posted by Dave Hennings on July 14th, 2012

Dave Hennings.

Just to reiterate what mc_rapper highlighted last week, The Sunday Telegraph is now accepting email submissions for Enigmatic Variations. This requires you to scan your solution/entry coupon, and email it to [email protected], with EV ???? in the subject field. You will get a message of thanks, with the warning of a slap wrist if you fail to complete the subject line correctly! Perhaps there should also be a restriction of only one entry per solver?

A very compact puzzle this week from Kcit, with the grid only 13×10. Ten clues were presented in alphabetical order of their answers, and generally proved relatively easy. These needed to be paired to form five of the unclued entries with13dn providing the theme. I didn’t have too much difficulty with the standard across and down clues. When I had AL•O•••• at 13dn, I thought alcopops would be the theme, but a quick check in Chambers found a more likely entry was ALCOLOCK, a device which prevents a car being started if the driver is over the limit.

EV 10251ac pretty much gave the game away for me. With VANISH as the last of the ten unnumbered clues seeming to fit in the second half of 1ac, MINI was staring me in the face. Slotting FORMI[CA] into the first half of the entry, the CA merged with VA of VANISH to give CAVA. Thus, put two of the ten together, remove the alcohol and highlight the car. Five makes or words for car were revealed.

Solving time: on the easy side for a Kcit puzzle, about 1¾ hours, and no EV gremlins that I could see this week.

Legend:
Definition in clue
ABC* = anagram
ABC< = reversal
abCDef = hidden

TEN CLUES
Entry Clue and Explanation
a ALIAS A name for a geological period? Not the right name
A + LIAS (geological period)
b BLASTING Criticising book that’s enduring
B (book) + LASTING (enduring)
c FORMICA Plastic covering ants and all?
FORMIC (covering, ie relating to, ants) + A (all)
d HAUSA African people have to stay ahead of America
HA (have) ahead of USA (America)
e KETONE Nitrogen extracted from known Scots single organic compound
KENT (known, Scottish) – N (nitrogen) + ONE (single)
f ODALS Scottish estates‘ overdraft further reduced
OD (overdraft) + ALS[O] (further, reduced)
g RAFFISH Flashy service person
RAF (service) + FISH (person, “as in a queer fish“!)
h RUBATO Massage a part of foot almost with irregular rhythm
RUB (massage) + A + TO[E] (part of foot, almost)
i TIMONEER Old steersman to relax, returning around early afternoon?
REMIT< (relax) around ONE (1pm)
j VANISH Very hard accepting cuckoo’s disappearance
V (very) H (hard) accepting ANI’S (cuckoo’s)
ACROSS
Entry Clue and Explanation
1 FORMINISH Clue c FORMICA + clue j VANISH = FORMI[CAVA]NISH – CAVA
8 SHUT Bar round overlooked in call for drinks (4)
SHOUT (call for drinks) – O (round)
12 FREUDIAN Like a certain slip, field a run, barring fifty, possibly (8)
((FIELD A RUN) – L (fifty))*
14 EL-A-MI One man returned note as before (5, hyphenated)
(I (one) MALE (man))<
15 RIC-RAC Braid I almost split, after little resistance (6, hyphenated)
I CRAC[K] (split, almost) after R (little resistance)
16 LEISURE Temptation to take in Spain is feature of holiday (7)
LURE (temptation) taking in E (Spain) IS
17 ABBADO Pop group to suffice for classical conductor (6)
ABBA (pop group) + DO (to suffice); reference to the Italian conductor, Claudio Abbado
21 OPEROSE Poet’s to start penning symbol of love — that’s rarely tedious (7)
OPE (to start, poetic) holding EROS (symbol of love)
23 FLANNEL Fellow with lines about girl? Such words are misleading (7)
F (fellow) + LL (lines) about ANNE (girl)
27 SCREAM Reactor shut-down involving energy — alarmed response (6)
SCRAM (reactor shut-down) holding E (energy)
28 ATACTIC Disordered perception I observed in Bill (7)
TACT (perception) I in AC (bill)
29 HEIGHS Hills blocking tense cries (6)
HEIGHTS (hills) – T (tense)
31 TO LET Returned everything husband put out for hire (5, 2 words)
(THE LOT (everything) – H (husband))<
32 OKIMONOS Certainly I’m against unusually large Japanese ornaments (8)
OK (certainly) I’M ON (against) + OS (unusually large)
33 OMSK Recalled end of fight to seize manuscript in Russian city (4)
KO< (end of fight) holding MS (manuscript)
34 ALIMONEER Clue a ALIAS + clue i TIMONEER = ALI[ASTI]MONEER
DOWN
Entry Clue and Explanation
2 ORIBI Antelope, old one, found below ridge (5)
O (old) + I (one) below RIB (ridge)
3 MURAENA Scots individual with a drink turning up in Moray (7)
(ANE (individual, Scottish) A RUM (drink))<
4 IDA Verdi heroine not a G & S heroine (3)
AIDA (Verdi heroine) – A; reference to the G&S opera, Princess Ida
5 NICOLE Girl upset places in Newcastle area (6)
LOCI< (places) in NE (Newcastle area, ie north-east England)
6 SNED Spoke no longer about new cut (4)
SED (spoke, obsolete) about N (new)
7 HEIFER Male prisoner (long-term) ignoring length? Neat (6)
HE (male) + LIFER (long-term prisoner) – L (length)
9 HAUTONE Clue d HAUSA + clue e KETONE = HAU[SAKE]TONE
10 UMRA Bishop avoiding uninvited guest in pilgrimage (4)
UMBRA (uninvited guest) – B (bishop)
11 TIE BEAMS Rafters seem a bit dodgy (8, 2 words)
(SEEM A BIT)*
15 RAFFIATO Clue g RAFFISH + clue clue h RUBATO = RAFFI[SHRUB]ATO
18 BLADALS Clue b BLASTING + clue f ODALS = BLA[STINGO]DALS
19 ORARION Stole gold and accepted wrought iron (7)
OR (gold) + A (accepted) + IRON*
20 ANATTA Dyestuff turned up at police station (6)
(AT TANA (police station))<
22 PASHIM Action supported by that chap getting goat’s wool (6)
PAS (action) + HIM (that chap)
24 MAHOE Mother’s garden to display New Zealand tree (5)
MA (mother) + HOE (garden, verb)
25 ATOM A book that’s abridged a small amount (4)
A TOM[E] (book, abridged)
26 VIOL Antique instrument? See, one’s not quite antique (4)
V (see) + I (one) + OL[D] (antique, not quite)
30 EMO Brooding music used in the movies (3)
in thE MOvies

 

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