Posted by HolyGhost on October 31st, 2012
I do tend to like Kruger‘s puzzles – no exception here. A pound sign ( £ ) appears in the central barred off cell of the grid. Hmm …
Corrections to single-letter misprints in several definitions give a song title – this indicates the type of change to some answers before entry. One co-writer (appropriately modified) is to be highlighted in the completed grid, and the other co-writer is one of the unclued entries. The second unclued entry describes those who recorded it (and is a cryptic reference to them).
First clue: answer MODEL, entry is 8 letters, so clearly this is one of the ‘specials’. Progress was on the slow side, but after some time I had the top left and bottom right quadrants pretty much complete, having found three other ‘specials': GEODE at 9d, VETO at 40a, and RIOT at 18d, in each case starting or finishing in a corner – foolishly I thought that was all of them.
Having solved half the clues I took a look at how the misprints in the definitions were shaping up: M O Y FORN T NG, and it hit me: it had to be MONEY FOR NOTHING by Dire Straits (the song title fitting in with the puzzle title), and most of the remaining thematic material came in something of a clatter. Replace the O in the ‘specials’ with a unit of currency (BAHT in 1a, DINAR in 40a, probably RUPEE in 9d – or possibly RIYAL); STING was unclued at the end of row 1, MARK KNOPFLER was on the leading diagonal but with the O replaced by the given £ (a bit of a giveaway), Dire Straits = [ARTISTS]* providing the other unclued entry at the beginning of the penultimate row. Go to bed, to finish off the next day.
Still some way to go, but knowing which letters were misprints in definitions helped somewhat. I struggled with 7d until I considered the possibility of it being another ‘special’ – and so it was: TENYUANN. Surely the symmetrically placed 20d had to be as well? (No! More folly.) But then with KWACHA inserted in 18d, the last to fall was 25a: WHSUCRE.
Only then did I notice that there were no other occurrences of O in the completed grid – a touch of quality. Thanks to Kruger for this – a companion piece to his Inquisitor 1169, a tribute to Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, with “Shine on you crazy diamond” from the album “Wish You Were Here”?
Quibble with wordplay in 17d.