Posted by Hihoba on July 25th, 2012
Despite the designation “by Schadenfreude” in the title, the puzzle element of this turned out to be quite straightforward. The preamble was mercifully brief, telling us that a title would appear in the top and bottom rows and this would indicate what to remove from 23 answers before entry into the grid.
I first ringed the clue numbers (20 in all) of all those with white squares in them. This left 23 where the given length was longer than the space in the grid. This gave a starting point.
The first across clue gave a hidden FAVELA, so I was off to a flying start! Soon the top line read ??E?EH?V. . . This looked like THERE or WHERE for the first word, so I tried 1D and a simple anagram led to WASTERFULNESS. So WHERE H?V. . . then. After finding EMBALMERS at 13A, PEANUT OIL at 19A and a few others, it became clear that we had to remove plants from the 23 green squared answers. So ASTER, BALM and PEA came out of the three examples above.
So WHERE HAVE quickly led to WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?, and the theme was established. The song has an interesting history which you can read here.
All that remained (Ha!) was to fill in the rest of the blanks.
I found a number of the flowers unfamiliar and difficult to find, so the table below contains a very brief indication of what the least familiar ones are.
There is one word where Chambers did not lead to Schadenfreude’s answer. This was ETHERIALISE whose spelling is not in Chambers, Collins, the Oxford D & T, on-line Merriam-Webster, or the Shorter OED. EtherEalise is the only form of the verb in any dictionary that I possess. ETHERIAL is in Chambers and the SOED but not the other three which only have etherEal. A simple adjustment of the clue to eliminate an I instead of an E would not have impacted on the diagram as the letter in question is unchecked. Ba thinks I (Hi) am being too pedantic, but Ho agrees with me!
A couple of definitions raised a grin (ANURIA and LESBIANS).
A nice puzzle from Schadenfreude, solved without too much trauma! A 2 on the Henderson scale? A completed grid can be found at the bottom.
|10||FAVELA||Shanty town||Hidden in “grieF A VELAsquez”|
|20||THESIS||Downbeat (musical)||THE IS (article is) about S (entropy)|
|23||TITHING||Payment||GIT reversed (backward person) round THIN (meagre)|
|29||BRASERO||Tray containing hot coals||[BEARS]* + R(un) + O(ver)|
|31||STAITH||Wharf up north||TA (Terriers) in [THIS]* (this derelict)|
|34||STEEVE||Stiff (Scottish) and incline||Double meaning|
|36||ESNE||Slave||ENS (being) + E(arl) all reversed|
|38||ABOUT||In the opposite direction||A (an) BOUT (attack)|
|41||GLOMMED||Texan’s eyed (US slang)||MME (French woman) in [GOLD]*|
|42||ANURIA||No relief (inhibition of urine formation!!!)||AA (fragmented rock) round [RUIN]*|
|3||EVENTER||Competitive rider||E (close to surrogatE) + VENTER (mother)|
|4||ELEGIT||A formal document (abolished in 1956!)||E(cstasy) + LEGIT|
|5||HARELIPS||Facial abnormalities||ARE in H(ot) LIPS (kisses)|
|6||VAULT||Dome (of the head) and achieve great fame||Double meaning|
|9||LESBIANS||They’re not straight (!!!)||[BAS(e) LINES]*|
|14||SLATTERNS||Sluts||[FIRE SLATTERNS]* = self-restraint|
|17||SOUARI||This has its roots in Guiana (you can find this reference under BUTTERNUT in Chambers)||SOU (change in France) over IRA (terrorists) reversed|
|24||HORSECAR||Vehicle||[MUST HORSECAR]* = chorusmaster|
|28||ELECTRO||Facsimile (Electro is an abbreviation for electrotype, a facsimile coin)||ELECT (choose) + R (king) + O(ld)|
|32||ALOOF||Distant||A + LO (look) + OF (specified as)|
|11||(SEDGE) WARBLER||SEDGE||A songbird||[W(ith) LARGE BREEDS]*|
|13||EM(BALM)ERS||BALM||They preserve||AL (almost all) in [MEMBERS]*|
|15||B(RUTA)LISE||RUTA (Rue)||Degrade||BRUT (dry) + A(merican) + [LIES]*|
|16||LIN(STOCK)S||STOCK||These hold burning matches||L(eft) + IN + STOCKS (boxes)|
|18||(FLAG)ELLA||FLAG||Punishing equipment||FELLA (chap) round LAG (falling behind)|
|19||(PEA)NUT OIL||PEA||Greasy stuff||[UP TOE-NAIL]*|
|26||SCRAW(LING)||LING||Illegible writing||S(on) + CRAWLING (lousy)|
|27||HE(AVEN-S)ENT||AVENS||Very timely||[AN EVENT SHE]*|
|37||SCOR(DATURA)||DATURA (thorn apple)||Alteration of normal tuning||[RADAR SCOUT]*|
|39||SCOOT(ERS)||ERS (bitter vetch)||Motor boats||SCOTERS (ducks) round O(ld)|
|1||W(ASTER)FULNESS||ASTER||Macbeth’s (Scottish) extravagance||[SWAN'S TRUE SELF]*|
|2||HAR(BORAGE)||BORAGE||Shelter in Seattle (American spelling)||Remove C ($100) from (c)HARGE and insert BORA (strong wind)|
|7||(WELD)ABLE||WELD (mignonette)||That can be joined||DAB (fish) in WELL (spring + E(stuary)|
|8||(DISA)LLIES||DISA (orchid)||Separates (according to John Milton)||DI (detective) + SALLIES (rushes out)|
|12||REC(REATE)S||REATE (water crowfoot)||Sports||[CARS E (base) TREE]*|
|21||(GOLD)EN-EYES||GOLD (marigold)||Ducks||GO (turn) + L(eft) + DEN (retreat) + EYES (nests? Chambers has “a brood, esp of pheasants”)|
|22||P(ROSE)CUTABLE||ROSE||Can be pursued by law||PROSE (plain) + CU (copper) + TABLE (committee)|
|25||ETHERIA(LIS)E||(fleur-de-)LIS||Render spirit-like||Remove E(ccentricity) from [HIS (e)ERIE TALE]*|
|30||O(SCILLA)TIONS||SCILLA||Rocks||[LACS SOIL INTO]*|
|31||S(CALLA)WAG||CALLA (arum)||Ne’er-do-well||S (Roman numeral for 7) + CALL (telephone) + A + WAG (truant)|
|33||(IRIS)H STEW||IRIS||Food||[WRITES]* round I’S (one’s) H(ospital)|
|35||NUM(ERICA)L||ERICA||Could be expressed digitally||[(co)UN(t)ERCLAIM(s)]* (counterclaims minus cost)|
|40||(CANNA)BIN||CANNA (tropical)||Narcotic substance||CAN(adian) + NAB (seize) + IN (popular)|