Posted by PeeDee on November 28th, 2012
A great thematic puzzle from Gozo, a mid-week treat!
All the undefined clues are writers. I thought this was a very well executed theme as discovering the theme did not turn the clues into write-ins, I still had to think hard to work them out. The spread across time and genre meant that the solve was not a list-ticking exercise as some themed puzzles become.
Solvers who attempt this in their commute/lunch break without access to reference materials may struggle a little though.
Thank you Gozo.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|1||MALORY||MA (mother) lory (bird, type of parrot) – Sir Thomas Malory|
|4||CROMPTON||MP (memebr, of parliament) in ROT (decline) all inside (embraced by) – Richmal Crompton Lamburn|
|9||NERVAL||R (right) in VANE* than L (left) – Gerard Labrunie|
|10||CHANDLER||Crufts (first letter of) HANDLER (dog trainer) – Raymond Chandler|
|12||TROLLOPE||ROLL (bap) in TOPE (drink heartily) – Anthony Trollope|
|13, 15||VIKRAM SETH||VI (six) K (king) R (rex, another king) THAMES* anagram=in spate – Vikram Seth|
|16||ZADIE SMITH||(AZED IS)* troubled=anagram by MITH (miss, with a lisp) – Zadie Smith|
|19||NEVIL SHUTE||NS (partners, brige) going round EVIL (base) with HUT (shack) and E (opponent of NS) – Neville Shute Norway|
|20||SAKI||Saki is a type of monkey, saki is a drink made from rice, a monkey is a container for alchoholic drink. I can’t put all this together into a coherent explanation though. Hector Hugh Monro|
|23, 25||TOBIAS SMOLLETT||TO BIAS (prejudice) MOLL (ganster’s girl) in SETT (home for a badger, or rented property in Scotland) – Tobias Smollett|
|27||STENDHAL||SHETLAND* – Marie-Henri Beyle|
|28||COWPER||COWER (flinch) holding P (power) – John Middleton Murray Jr.|
|29||ANDERSEN||(ANNE’S RED) – Hans Christian Andersen|
|30||STERNE||ERNEST* Hemmingway, also TERN (bird) in SE (South East England, the Home Counties) – Laurence Sterne|
|1||MINUTES||MINUTE (detailed) S (small) – definition is ‘summary’, minutes of a meeting|
|2||LERMONTOV||anagram of TOMe (endless) and NOVEL about R (rector) – Mikhail Lermontov|
|3||REALLY||RE-ALLY (group once more)|
|5||RUHR||RU (rugby union) HR (hour) – river in Germany|
|6||MANTISSA||SATANISM* – the mantissa is the fractional part of a logarithm|
|7||TILER||RE-LIT (started fire again)|
|8||NKRUMAH||HANK* around RUM (strange) – Kwame Nkrumah former leader of Ghana|
|11||SPLASHY||LASH (cat-o’-nine-tails) in SPY (agent)|
|14||BIG-TIME||cryptic definition – measured in something larger than minutes|
|17||IN A TEMPER||EM (printer’s measure) in PAINTER* wild=anagram|
|18||OLEANDER||O LEANDER (what Hero might say to Leander) – a shrub|
|19||NATASHA||SATAN (the devil) reversed HA (expressing surprise)|
|21||INTERNE||US spelling of intern, which given time becomes ‘internet’|
|22||ALCOTT||COT (bed) in A LT (lieutennant, soldier) – Louisa May Alcott|
|24||BREAD||some of fiBRE ADded – definition is ‘money’|