Posted by twencelas on September 15th, 2012
My first blog of an Anarche puzzle – should be an interesting challenge.
On the occasion of my father’s 82nd birthday, I did sense some form of celebration contained within this crossword – even his age 82 was present in the crossword number. As a further example of reading something, completely unintended, into the crossword, the name he is commonly known as is present on the right hand side of the grid in the top corner “Les” – so “Happy 82nd Birthday – Dad”.
However, the intended recipient of birthday greetings in this crossword was not my father, but a certain compiler by the name of “Anax” – The L’s along the top row indicating the fact that he has reached the half century mark, and his pseudonym from the Independent visible in the 6th row down samoAN AXolotls and symmetrically reversed in the 6th row from the bottom chateauX ANAdem (revealing his daughter’s name and the source of his pseudonym – see comment below). But that’s not all he’s “Loroso” in the Financial Times in the penultimate row gigoLO ROSOglio and “Elkamere” in the Telegraph, see the middle row anELKA MEREst. Almost forgot, his real name is present in the 2nd row “Dean” (layasiDE ANimal).
There is even more hidden than this, A quick check of Anax’s website http://anaxcrosswords.wordpress.com/ reveals he plays BASS (10 across) guitar in a band LeFunk (forecastLE FUNK – fourth row from the bottom). There may well be even more secreted, that I have not yet found.
Quite a feat to contain all of the above, within a single grid. My congratulations to Anarche (for she has produced an exquisitely crafted puzzle) and my belated congratulations to Anax for notching up a half century.
As to my favourite clues – well 7ac and 5dn provided an interesting image of the birthday boy – smoking 50 a day, with a penchant for heavy drinking and adult entertainment. Or could that be writing 50 clues a day, whilst drinking copious amounts of coffee whilst providing crosswords to the adult masses?
7ac – Fifty a day is unhealthy – time at last to give up! (3,5)
5dn – Hard drinker in pursuit of free party with adult entertainment (5,5)
DD Double definition; * Anagram; Rev. reverse
7 L (fifty) + (a day is)* anagrind (unhealthy) + e (time at last) = LAY ASIDE (to give up!)
9 Anima (part of psyche) = l (origin of lust) = ANIMAL (Sensual)
10 Bass (low fellow) and Bass – homonym of Base (utter reprobate) = BASS
11 Eve (woman) around [(why)* within er + er (Queens)] = EVERYWHERE (Common)
12 Sad (Blue) – d (tailless) + moan (carp) = SAMOAN (from part of Polynesia)
14 (wAXy + cOLd + lOTs + aLSo)* (shredding skins removes first and last letters = AXOLOTLS (Salamanders)
15 a + (ankle)* = ANELKA (French Striker – as in Football Nicolas Anelka)
17 Hidden soME RESTaurants = MEREST (Extremely small portions)
20 Chat (gas) + eau (water for Frenchman) + x (ten) = CHATEAUX (Vineyards)
22 (maenad)* = ANADEM (Garland)
23 Cryptic definition – salt being sailor and digs being accommodation = FORECASTLE
24 Fun (game) + k (king) = FUNK (Stew)
25 Gig (live performance) + o (old) + lo (love half cut) = GIGOLO (Male escort)
26 (hOROLOGISt)* = ROSOGLIO (Cordial)
1 Lava(Slag) + lava (heap indicates more than one) = LAVA LAVA (Cover for Samoan (12))
2 lambs (meek souls) – b (bishop) = LAMS (Attacks)
3 (evil)* + I (current) + n (player as in North in bridge) = LIVE IN (Resident)
4 lad (boy) + y + love (fronts of Lightest + Organza + Very + Expensive) = LADY LOVE (darling)
5 h (hard) + Toper (drinker) + a (adult) under lig (free party) = LIGHT OPERA (Entertainment)
6 DD = LAUREL (Laurel and Hardy, plant)
8 (seamen)* = ENEMAS (Medical procedures)
13 DD OVER-THE-TOP
16 Rev. (Ark(ship)) + Katona – n (north) = KRAKATOA (Island)
18 (e (drug) + latrine)* = TREENAIL (Ship’s fixer)
19 Hidden annEX ETERnal = EXETER (city)
21 Homonym of Who fit (which person’s ready) = HOOF IT (to Dance)
22 Aver (declare) + Se (Stature void i.e. empty) = AVERSE (Unwilling)
24 Fig (Monkey’s as in worthless I think) + s (beginning to search) = FIGS (Fruit)