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Enigmatic Variations 1046 Author by Picadilly

Posted by twencelas on December 8th, 2012

twencelas.

An extra letter in each of the subsidiary indications – straight forward enough but then the answers must be jumbled except for the first and last three rows and first and last 2 columns. sounds quite complicated. And 2 quotes and an author to find.

And indeed it was, starting with the unaltered rows to build up enough of a grid to resolve the jumbled entries. The clues were of a medium rating, I would say and you did need to solve quite a few before the jumbled entries could be forced to make sense. But make sense they did – revealing a very elegant final grid.

The additional letters spell out

IT IS THE WORST SOLITUDE TO HAVE NO FRIENDSHIPS – FRANCIS

And the final grid reveals the author’s surname and a second quotation.

 

S H R I L L P A T R O N S
R E M A I N S T E A S E P
M L O R D E R B S E R G E
A L T H E I L L A N D R A
N O U N F I T C H O I U R
E F C E O F W O R D S N E
G A W O N D E R F U L E N
E R L Y O B S T R U C S O
R E T S T H E U N D E E D
E D R S T A N D I N G M A
B O O R S W W H E E L E L
E S H E B A C O N D O N E
C O N T U S E G R E E D Y

 

“The ill and unfit choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding”
author FRANCIS BACON.

A very fitting quote too.

A very pleasing puzzle, I thought, Thanks Piccadilly. I do like it when the end grid shows so much following the clue entry.

Telegraph gremlin of the week 26 across was f letters in length.

Please excuse the brevity of the blog this week – have lots of plates spinning at the moment.

Key:

* Anagram, Underline definition, Rev. reverse, DD Double definition

 

ACROSS

 

I 1 Mad Irish Lord Lieutenant is keen (6)
(Irish)* + ll (Lord Lieutenant) = SHRILL
T 7 Transport arranged with no end of bother, for regular customers(7)
(transport – r)* = PATRONS
I 13 A miner is troubled, finding a corpse(7)
(a miner is)* = REMAINS
S 14 Make fun ofstupid person in tree, and run away (5)
Ass (stupid person) in tree – r = TEASE
T 16 Communist nonsense backed in a fraternity(5)
Rev. (red (communist) + rot (nonsense)) = ORDER
H 17 Fabricshe runs to earth (5)
She + r (runs) + ge (earth) = SERGE
E 18 Waxy crystalline solidthat’s mostly found in fish (5)
Eel (fish) around that – t (that mostly) = ETHAL
W 19 I’ll draw an animated corncrake(8)
(ill draw an)*  = LANDRAIL
O 21 Solemn serviceof divine grace (8)
Of + unction (divine grace) = FUNCTION
R 23 An alluring womanhaving part of a day with king and emperor (5)
Hour (part of day) + ri (king and emperor) = HOURI
S 24 Drinkbeer endlessly after food (6)
Scoff + ee = COFFEE
T 26 Party seasons I boycotted: they’re depressing(f)
Do (party) + winters (seasons) – I = DOWNERS
S 28 Four ends, disintegrating, collapse(7)
(four ends)* = FOUNDER
O 32 Boy’s role played sedately(7)
(boysrole)* = SOBERLY
L 34 Garments worn by rector for halls of justice(6)
Clouts (garments) around r (rector) = COURTS
I 36 Commenceseries of steps on time (5)
Stair (series of steps) + t = START
T 38 Ignoredthe foul deed dogging one in Paris (8)
Un (one in paris) + (the + deed)* UNHEEDED
U 41 Understand, incorrectly, navy’s lost and driven on shore(8)
(Understand – n (navy))* = STRANDED
D 42 Street urchinmaking noise after school (5)
Gam (school) + din (noise) = GAMIN
E 43 Former peasants heading from Oxford in untidy robes (5)
(o + robes)* = BOORS
T 44 A circular motionwatch reveals regularly (5)
WaTcH rEvEaLs = WHEEL
O 45 Ancient Yemeni people giving item of footwear to graduate (5)
Shoe (item of footwear) + ba (graduate) = SHEBA
H 46 Excusebit of cattiness on drunken hen do (7)
C (bit of cattiness) + on + (hendo)* = CONDONE
A 47 To bruise, not cause suffering (7)
(not cause)* = CONTUSE
V 48 Being covetous, verge on heartless depravity (6)
(Verge)*+ dy (heartless depravity) = GREEDY

 

DOWN

 

E 2 Greetingfrom Michelle Obama (5)
Hidden micHELLE Obama = HELLO
N 3 Tops of cabbage unusable: they’re nibbled (work of really massive caterpillar) (7)
Start of words = CUTWORM
O 4 Wading bird, one with a rupture(6 )
Heron (wading bird) + I (one) + a = HERNIA
T 5 Confused, I’d left the locality of a battle(5)
(id left)* = FIELD
R 6 I converted friend, Liberal one rejecting Christianity(7)
(I friend + l)* = INFIDEL
U 8 Metallic element, copper, left in boat, wrecked (6)
Cu (Copper) + l in (boat)* = COBALT
E 9 Some parentsorganised her feast (7)
(her feast) = FATHERS
F 10 Poemfor a nude composed (7)
(for a nude)* = RONDEAU
R 11 Doctor is holding gold for girl(5)
Dr (doctor) around or (gold) + is = DORIS
I 12 Praise newfangled weapon(5)
(praise)* = SPEAR
E 15 Riding schooltraining  Elaine, Megan, but not Lian (6)
(elaine + megan – lian)* = MANEGE
N 20 Old lettersfrom nun held in reserve (5)
Nun in Res (reserve) = RUNES
D 22 Stewed bananas are pleasing to the taste(5)
(stewed)* = SWEET
S 25 Compiling fresh data , ignoring the rising measure of capacitance(5)
(fresh data – the)* = FARAD
H 27 One returned by Dahl, having no complications in story (6)
Rev(one) + dahl = ENODAL
I 28 DIY stores ordered to dispose of dead shellfish(7)
(diy stores – d)* = OYSTERS
P 29 Sheep’s dung— put a large amount under last of rhubarb (7)
B (last of rhubarb) + put + tons (a large amount) = BUTTONS
S 30 Ruth’s dog suffered thirst(7)
(ruthsdog)* = DROUGHT
F 31 Educational institutionhas withdrawn from hell of a GCSE — swimming! (7)
(hell of a GCSE – has)* = COLLEGE
R 33 British war has affected former Turkish officer(6)
(b (british) + war has)* = BASHAW
A 35 Take clothes fromundead: fitting end to vampire (6)
(undead)* + e (end of vampire) = DENUDE
N 36 Throw beer-can, missing a musical instrument(5)
(beer can – a)* = REBEC
C 37 Bridge playergetting tips raised hearts (5)
Rev. (Tronc (tips)) + h (hearts) = NORTH
I 39 Hotel that is right next to the Bull(5)
Inn (hotel) + i.e. (that is) + r (right) = INNER (as in archery target)
S 40 Send me off to alter and improve text (5)
(send me)* = EMENS

 

 

 

 

6 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations 1046 Author by Picadilly”

  1. Tony says:

    I would have done this more quickly if I hadn’t misinterpreted the instructions. I took “the first and last three rows” to mean the first row and the last three rows. An appropriate theme for such a crossword, though, and it’s been a long time since we’ve had one with this sort of construction.

  2. bb says:

    The center quote is doubly appropriate because as noted above the preamble is badly worded regarding rows and columns, and the actual Bacon quote from the added letters is:

    The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

    So searching on bits of the quote as they appear will cause some confusion as well.

  3. Chesley says:

    An enjoyable solve with largely straight-forward clues but having to jumble a large proportion of the answers made it quite tough in places.

    However, over 50% of the clues involved anagrams and I think that is just too much.

  4. Tony says:

    Will a blog for EV 1047 appear? Just wondering! Have I missed something? Thanks.

  5. twencelas says:

    Tony – It had a closing date of 20th December and is scheduled to appear on 22nd December – I’m not sure why the Telegraph has extended the time (could be one of their usual gremlins or a change in policy)

  6. Wil Ransome says:

    A while now since I did this but so far as I remember all was well and I liked it. It is often pointed out that the ST doesn’t always get things quite right, and the first line of the preamble says ‘lends’ when it should be ‘leads’.

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