Posted by nmsindy on August 27th, 2012
A very entertaining puzzle from Radian, where, I think before a clue was solved, everyone would have realized there was a theme with all the cross-references in clues.
I was impressed by how much Radian managed to fit in and, in particular, the variety of cross-references which did not narrowly focus on the theme in just a single way.
The main theme was 1812 (two hundred years ago) and within that ‘The War of 1812′ between the US and Great Britain tho it was not confined to that conflict alone. This war is not referred to very often as fairly soon after it finished, the two countries, while not formally allied then, came to have common interests and that has remained the case ever since.
When the war is referred to, the event mainly recalled is the burning of the White House by the British.
While I’ve not gone back to check I think this was by no means the first Radian puzzle dealing with American history so it may be a particular interest. Solving time, 30 mins – I guess it would have helped if one was esp interested in history, geopolitics etc, as nmsindy is. I won’t go into major details about the history which anyone can read up on the Internet or elsewhere, and will just explain the clues.
* = anagram
8 PASADENA City in California – not thematic, I think, as it only came into being very much later. a sad = pathetic en = gap (printer’s measure) in PA (digraph for Pennsylvania)
9 OWNS UP Hidden
10 YORK Dismiss refers to cricket – bowling by sending the ball under the bat Yankee = code word for letter Y OR = soldiers heading to Kentucky = K (first letter)
11 WHITE HOUSE 4 = MADISON (US president in 1812) Home of 10 (YORK) in earlier wars. This, I think, refers to the Wars of the Roses (C15) between the Houses of York and Lancaster with the symbol of the House of York being the white rose so White House. Lancaster’s symbol was the red rose.
14 OVERTURE This was my penultimate entry. This refers to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture written to celebrate the Russian success against the French invasion in the same year.
The wordplay just tells us to put the two numbers together.
15 BREWING brewing = the quantity of a beverage brewed at one time. BR = British Ewing = Texan family (from TV series Dallas)
17 STRIPES definition: standard feature (standard = flag- ref. US flag) S = Sioux chief (1st letter) p = power in tries (attempts)
20 THE ROPES know the ropes = be familiar with some particular area of activity T = Tory leader (1st letter) desires = hopes containing ER (monarch)
22 FORAGE forage cap = soldier’s undress cap (of)* rage (trend)
23 CASABLANCA Spanish for white house tho the noun comes first with them (casa blanca) and one of the best-known films of all time
24 DUTY Singer from a while back, Dusty Springfield, losing her middle letter.
25 TOLEDO 7 is HUSSAR (tooled)* and referring to the fact that Toledo (in Spain) was known for sword manufacture from centuries ago.
26 ENCLAVES c (clubs) for s (small) in enslaves
1 MAN-OF-WAR I guessed this straightaway from the definition (‘ship’) and letter-count but it took me a while to understand the rest. I think what it means is the man of the war of 1812 was 4 (MADISON) because the war was known by some as Madison’s War.
2 YANK (any)* K = king 24D = DRAW
3 WEE-WEE French is spoken in Quebec so this is homophone of ‘oui’ ‘oui’ which is indeed something yellow that flows (flower)…
4 MADISON President in 1812 (said)* o (nothing) in MN (digraph for Minnesota)
5 NONEVENT on (working) even (still) in NT (National Theatre)
6 UNWORTHIER My last answer defn “with reduced credit” U (union) (thrown)* as 19D = ASUNDER ie (that is) r (right)
7 HUSSAR spots = rash (revolutionary = going up) containing US (American)
13 LOWER LAKES The lakes of Erie and Ontario – one of the theatres of the war, I think. (all were OK)* s = last letter of hostilities
16 NAPOLEON Who invaded Russia a Pole (European) in non (no in French) and an &lit touch also
18/12 EIGHTEEN TWELVE Very clever this with the words at the appropriate clue numbers
19 ASUNDER as (when) under (not on top)
21 HEAD-ON Surface reading refers to the war, I guess E (English) in had on (worn)
22 FRANCE 16 = NAPOLEON f = head of friary (1st letter) ran (organised) CE (Church of England)
24 DRAW definition: tie D = sad ending (last letter) war = conflict (up = going upwards in a down clue)