Posted by twencelas on March 8th, 2013
A new setter, I believe, certainly not one I have come across before – Should be interesting then. Twencelas’ third principle “Variety is the spice of the solver”. Do I, perhaps, detect a scientific mind behind this puzzle?
It’s just over 20 years since I packed away my lasers and left the world of physics behind. My first instincts were that this puzzle was going to have a scientific theme and it was so.
The letters removed from seven clues yielded ORFNMEI – which can be rearranged to Fermion.
I sense at this point the non-scientists would be reaching for Chambers or google.
Chambers states Fermion n.
“one of a group of subatomic particles, such as protons, electrons and neutrons, having half-integral spin and obeying the exclusion principle.”
The exclusion principle being Pauli’s exclusion principle see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pauli_exclusion_principle which to my mind is not the clearest explanation. The better ones may be a little complex for the lay scientist.
Basically no two fermions can have the same 4 quantum numbers
- Principle, Angular, Magnetic and Spin.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_number gives more info., mostly accurate.
The point to be taken is that fermions have a spin quantum number of one-half which leads me back to the puzzle.
Symmetrically opposite FERMION in the grid start in the square between 3 and 4 is ONEHALF and this I believe is the final transformation to complete the crossword. Spin ONEHALF leaving real words ORATE, HOMINY, ESTER, THWART, LUSTRA, PAILFUL and LOFTERS.
An amusing puzzle and pleasing for me to be reacquainted with Quantum mechanics – if only briefly. Many thanks Jaguar – there really should be more scientific orientated crosswords. Though whether those of a more literary nature can grasp the science on which this puzzle is based, is debatable. Then I don’t always appreciate the more literary themes.
Just a note on the preamble – I’m not sure how I would have worded it better, but it did confuse me for a while especially with SPINSTATES running in a miniature L shape from 23 down through 30 across. It could be argued that this was a pointer to the final transformation.
And a note on the clues – some really lovely ones – short and very sweet, with good surfaces too. Look forward to your take on the second law of Thermodynamics next – unless my intuition has left me I believe the compiler to be a scientist, or at least someone with a scientific education.
DD double definition, underline definition, * anagram, Rev. reverse
1 Favour suit split by opposing bridge players (7)
Befit (suit) around NE (opposing bridge players) = BENEFIT
O 6 Old prince ugly like a pig (6)
(o(old) + prince)* = PORCINE – Entry = PINCER
11 Better wit before king (7)
Wag (wit) + ere (before) + r (king) = WAGERER
13 Shrine made of earthenware over base (4)
Rev. Pot (earthenware) + e (base) = TOPE
14 American soldiers embrace women — turning to drink (4)
Rev.[Gis (american soldiers) around w (women)] = SWIG
15 Memory according to tomboy (6)
Rom (memory) + per (according to) = ROMPER
16 Stately uniform marks knight (6)
Sole (uniform) + m (marks) + n (knight) = SOLEMN
17 Jumbo’s controller clumsy, going back and forth (6)
Rev(ham) + out (forth) = MAHOUT (Elephant driver)
19 Neutering might keep these from being needed! (5)
Hidden neUTERIng = UTERI (Whole clue defines)
21 Coupled once with friend in the mind (8)
ment (coupled (once)) + ally (friend) = MENTALLY
22 Rude channel on radio (6)
Homonym (Course – channel) = COARSE
23 Litter and diamonds in large net (5)
Sean (large net) around d (diamonds) = SEDAN
26 Fellow to scold Roman brother (5)
F(fellow) + rate (scold) = FRATE
27 Mark 1 is incorporated in perfect sermon (6)
Holy(perfect) around mi (mark 1) = HOMILY
R 30 Laurel’s appearing after one in Busted Hearts ? Ah, sadly not — Hardy! (8)
i(one) + stan (Stan Laurel) in (hearts – ah) = RESISTANT = INSTATES
31 Plant extract wanting time initially (5)
Taster (extract) – t(time) = ASTER
33 Cut last pair of lime flowers on stem (6)
race (cut – see Chamberss 5) + me (last pair of lime) = RACEME
34 The locally despised man is cross (6)
th (the locally) + wart (despised man) = THWART
36 Unusually relish god’s brightness (6)
lust (relish (rare)) + re (god) = LUSTRE
37 Once promptly dismissed head surgeon for skin complaint (4)
tit (promptly Chambers 5) + ch (surgeon) = ITCH
F 38 Cracks previously bring about new society (4)
Fet (bring) around n(new) = s (society) = FENTS =NEST
39 Pauli with no funds, somehow — that’s embarrassing (7)
(Pauli + nf)* = PAINFUL
40 Detective inspector jaunty? On the contrary, occasionally shaking with fear (6)
Rev (DI (detective Inspector) + pert (jaunty?)) = TREPID
41 Vandals perhaps game to take short cut (7)
loo (game) + terse (short) – e (cut) = LOOTERS
1 Near sun, discover linen (6)
by (near) + s (sun) + sus(discover) = BYSSUS
N 2 Master in queue for insecticide (6)
dan (master) in line(queue) = LINDANE = NAILED
3 Nest-raider initially got caught in sudden rise of tide (5)
eger( sudden rise of tide) around g (initially got) = EGGER
4 Metal piece in US dollar (7, two words)
Iron (metal) + man (piece) = IRON MAN (informal)
5 Eggy paint ridiculous and unreliable (13)
Tempera (eggy paint) + mental (ridiculous) = TEMPERAMENTAL
7 Imagine fish swallowed (6)
Ide(fish) + ate(swallowed) = IDEATE
8 Ring of petals about gold urn (7)
c(about) or(gold) + olla (urn) = COROLLA
9 English girl making adornment for dress (9)
e(english) + paulette(girl) = EPAULETTE
M 10 Where 4 might work in Sweden to fuse two Swedish metals? (7)
s(sweden) + melt (fuse) + er (Erbium- metal)+ y(Yttrium) = SMELTERY = RESTYLE
12 Was it responsible for Black Wednesday? Some doubt expressed (3)
DD ERM (Exchange rate mechanism)
18 Dangerous prince originally intending to replace king (5)
Harry (Prince) swapping i (originally intending) for the first r (king) = HAIRY
20 Once believe in moral times — not as fashionable twelve-year-old (9)
ween (believe) in tag (moral) + eras (times) – as = TWEENAGER
22 East supports club trick — that’s the ticket! (5)
c(card) + art (trick) + e (east) = CARTE
E 23 Abstract painters’ oil (7)
(painters)* = PRISTANE = SPIRANT
24 Princess is set to undress for William (and others!) (7)
Di (princess) + s(is) + case(set) = DISCASE
25 Aged actor starts to read Ibsen’s Olaf after demand for silence (7)
hist (demand for silence) + r + i + o (starts to read Ibsen’s Olaf) = HISTRIO
27 Hooks meat and half of fish (6)
Ham (meat) + uli (half of ulicon(fosh) = HAMULI
I 28 Place Greek letter back in position (6)
site(position) around Rev.(Tau(Greek letter) = SITUATE = STATUE
29 Value originally trimmed bone plates (6)
Worth (value) – w (originally trimmed) + os (bone) = ORTHOS
32 Bird writer (5)
35 Daughterless Elizabethan’s to seize girl (3)
Hend (to seize – Spenser) – d (daughter) = HEN