Posted by PeeDee on September 5th, 2012
A very high quality themed crossword from Cinephile here.
The theme is Gilberet and Sullivan operas. I knew most of these, only having to go to Wikipedia to discover The Sorcerer and Thespis. Despite being reasonably familiar with the theme I still found this a challenge. What a cracking crossword, very good fun indeed, just like the operettas themselves. Thank you Cinephile.
I have indicated the themed solutions with links to the relevant Wikipedia pages.
Readers of a squeamish disposition may wish to skip over 16 across.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|1||IOLANTHE||vIOL ANTHEm (old instrument, choral work) with both end missing|
|5||BRUGES||B (second) SURGE* (anagram=remarkable)|
|9||PATIENCE||AT I (1st) entering PENCE (of little value) – definition is Solitaire, card game|
|10||AFFAIR||AFFAIRs (business, singular) – definition is &lit describing a love affair, singular meaning special, out of the ordinary|
|12||GENRE||GEN (information) RE (regarding, about) – definition is ‘type’|
|13||AIR BRIDGE||AIR (melody) BRIDGE (card game) – transport link between islands|
|14||PIRATE||PRATE (talk) about I (one, Roman numeral) – he could be one of the Pirates of Penzance|
|16||PRAIRIE||prairie sounds like prayer-y (like a humble request, like a prayer) – the defintion is ‘plain’, thanks to aztobesed for this. My original reading was: “humble request” sounds like “umble request”, a request for a umble (a dish of offal). Hence a request for prairie oyster, a pararie oyster is a dish of bull calf’s testicle.|
|19||THESPIS||THE SPIeS (agents) missing E, a point of the compass – operetta subtitled The Gods Grown Old|
|21||MIKADO||ADO (trouble) on MI (road, M1 motorway) and K (king) – definition is ’emporer’|
|23||GONDOLIER||anagram of GOLD, IRON and E (energy)|
|25||TRIAL||T (first letter of Tehran) RIAL (currency) – twelve people are needed for a Trial by Jury|
|26||UTOPIA||U (posh) TOPI (headgear) A (one) – Utopia Limited|
|27||PINAFORE||PIN (number) AFORE (in advance of) – HMS Pinafore|
|28||TWINGE||TWIN (one of the Gemini) and GE (first two letters of Gemini)|
|29||PRINCESS||PRESS (papers) with INC (US equivalent of Ltd, limited) inserted – Princess Ida, mount Ida is the highest point in Crete.|
|1||IMPUGN||I’M PUG (assertion one is a dog) on N (pole) – definition is ‘challenge’|
|2||LATIN RITE||(IN A LITTER) – my first guess was that a Tridentine Mass was going to be some form of tooth enamel, but it turns out to be a Roman Catholic rite.|
|3||NIECE||E (English) in NICE (French city)|
|4||HECTARE||(THE ACRE)* – definition is &lit|
|6||REFER BACK||ER (Elizabeth Regina, queen) between REF (judge) and BACK (defender)|
|7||GUARD||could follow van to make vanguard – The Yeomen of the Guard|
|8||SORCERER||sounds like “saucerer” – someone who would need cups|
|15||APPROVING||APP (software) ROVING (unlimited) – definition is ‘giving OK to’. I am not sure where ‘special’ fits in here.|
|17||RUDDIGORE||RUDDI sounds like ruddy (red) and GROE (blood) – The Witch’s Curse is the subtitle for Ruddigore|
|18||STAG HUNT||TAG (day, German) in SHUNT (move around)|
|21||MERRIER||M (thousand, a number) and tERRIER (dog, missing head) – ‘the more the merrier’|
|22||PLIERS||L (fifty, a number) in PIERS (supports)|
|24||NAOMI||I MOAN (I am complaining) reversed (sent up)|
|25||TWAIN||double definition, the author and two|