Posted by Hihoba on October 17th, 2012
This is Shark’s fourth offering in this series. One of his previous puzzles was last Christmas, with gift, toys and presents under the tree.
This was a nicely constructed puzzle with straightforward clues (i.e. no extra/missing letters or misprints) covering the whole grid except for one 10 letter phrase. This phrase was from a “famous verse”, and the preceding observation had to be “reflected in the grid”.
The phrase turned out to be MY FAIR LADY, which chimed nicely with the title “West End Hit”. [I had the pleasure of playing in the orchestral pit during a week of performances by an amateur operatic society. I must say that My Fair Lady was a great pleasure to play - tune after tune, my favourite being On the Street Where You Live.]
However, this was entirely irrelevant to the theme of the puzzle, where the preceding line was from the Nursery Rhyme London Bridge is Falling Down which runs:
London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down,
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
Who the fair lady was I don’t know, but the history of the bridge and the origins and lyrics of the rhyme can be found here.
Anyway the instruction clearly involved finding the letters of “LONDON BRIDGE” and moving them to the bottom row of the grid. The rubric indicated that gaps were to be left where the original letters were, and the resulting grid entries were all to be real words, ignoring the blanks.
So GOO->GO, DENEB->DEEN, MONA->MOA, AGED->AGE, CHOICE->CHICO, GAUN->GAU, BRIDIE->DIE, HARLEM->HALER, GLIDDER->GLIDED, INKLED->INKLE, RINSINGS->RINSING, TEGG->TEG.
There was one ambiguity. Either of the O’s of GOO (28D) could be removed, leaving either MOA or MA at 30A. This was resolved by noticing that the blanks left in the diagram were in the shape of a bridge if the second O of GOO was removed (see After diagram).
Finally 14 cells were to be highlighted where the thematic object ended up. Now London bridge was removed to Lake Havasu City in 1967, but after a fruitless search I realised that that would have been the new bridge, not the one that was falling down. So the location of the fallen bridge was in THE RIVER THAMES which was to be highlighted in contiguous cells starting at cell 1. A final plus for Shark is that the highlighted cells are in the shape of the River Thames at London Bridge!
Good fun, and thank you Shark.
The first diagram is of the unaltered grid, the second of the final grid.
|1||Symbol of saint (Anthony) from crown found in tip||T-CROSS||CR(own) in TOSS (tip)|
|5||Goddess upset about girl||ATHENE||ATE (upset) about HEN (girl)|
|9||Way of drawing attention to adult on edge||AHEM||A(dult) + HEM (edge)|
|10||Heath’s relative (Pyrola is related to erica) is an arsonist – not quite a convict||PYROLA||PYRO (arsonist) + LA(g)|
|12||See – tiger mutilated monkey||GRIVET||[V (see) TIGER]*|
|13||It is found in stale (= urine) bread removing crust, initially acceptable||UREA||U (acceptable) + (b)REA(d)|
|14||One way to railway enclosure||AVIARY||A (one) VIA (way) RY (railway)|
|16||Benefit from cut fabric||PLUS||PLUSH (fabric) cut|
|18||Do reverse car for home of legend (Norse Giants)||UTGARD||UT (do - sol-fa) + DRAG (car) reversed|
|20||Martial arts outfit (judo/karate) from soldier base||GIE||GI (soldier) + E (base)|
|21||Being 32 and single (dumping old friend)||ENS||32 is NUT, another name for a printing EN + S(ingle); INGLE is an obsolete name for a friend|
|22||Blast from perhaps Persian hotel in Kent area||SCATHE||CAT (perhaps Persian) + H(otel) in SE|
|26||Church dignitary restricts hoax and is the third member of clergy to become cruel||DEHUMANISE||DEAN round HUM (hoax) + IS + (cl)E(rgy)|
|27||Papillon’s companion returning old||AGED||DEGA reversed (Dega is Papillon’s companion in the eponymous film)|
|29||Fish included in cheese pie from Scotland||BRIDIE||ID (fish) in BRIE|
|30||God? No God for primate (W. African monkey)||MONA||MONAD (God) minus D(eus)|
|31||Gave a hint and connected line right||INKLED||LINKED (connected) with L(ine) moved to right|
|33||Free except with employment causing wear||EXCUSE||EXC(ept) + USE|
|34||Sheep‘s tense next to bomb||TEGG||T(ense) + EGG (bomb)|
|35||Albert, perhaps, is a piercing||LABRET||[ALBERT]*|
|36||Rising above the water and see resort surrounding the French sea||EMERSE||[SEE]* round MER|
|1||Oriental mat made from odds and ends friend added together||TATAMI||TAT (odds and ends) + AMI|
|2||Hunting knife decapitated mortal||CHIVYING||CHIV (knife) + (d)YING (mortal)|
|3||German returns and shaking fist and returns unwanted present||REGIFTS||GER reversed + [FIST]*|
|4||Jet conceals international genius||SPIRIT||SPIRT (jet) round I(nternational)|
|5||Measure time in reverse||ARE||ERA reversed|
|6||Rip to shreds youngster: attention!||TO-TEAR||TOT (youngster) + EAR (attention)|
|7||Relay running in good time||EARLY||[RELAY]*|
|8||Tease wife about discarded computers (only in the latest Chambers)||E-WASTE||[TEASE W(ife)]*|
|11||Bird with head down finds plant||MEU||EMU with E “down”|
|15||Black toilet paper||BLAT||B(lack) + LAT(rine)|
|17||Sloth is one surrounded by circular ripples in dirty water, perhaps||RINSINGS||SIN (sloth) in RINGS|
|19||MacDonald’s going (Scottish word) thin – time to leave||GAUN||GAUNT minus T|
|20||Cooking griddle is slippery in places||GLIDDER||[GRIDDLE]*|
|21||Paint European lover no longer around||ENAMEL||E(uropean) + LEMAN (obs for lover) reversed|
|23||Repetitive cycling is best||CHOICE||ECHOIC with the E “cycling”|
|24||Prostitute (mutton) leaves returning by New York location||HARLEM||Prostitute is HARLOT, mutton is EM (printing) so HARLOTEM minus TO (by) reversed = HARLEM. Not too keen on this – is there a better explanation?|
|25||Scottish whine is number one round England||PEENGE||PEE (number one) round ENG(land)|
|26||Star from wide nebula||DENEB||Hidden in wiDE NEBula|
|28||Sentimentality is almost genuine||GOO||Almost GOO(d)|
|32||Fruit cake or fruitcake (mad person)||NUT||Triple definition|