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Enigmatic Variations 1062 Two Groups by Samuel

Posted by twencelas on April 5th, 2013

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So two groups to identify – Four unclued and 6 clued without definition and a link between teh two groups to be highlighted. Sounds musical to me. The corrected misprints to 23 clues providing useful information.

Well, I was way off with my musical idea. The two groups were much more obscure, certainly to me.  I think I managed a chapter of the author’s work in my youth and put it down as not my cup of tea.

Anyway, the clues were relatively straightforward and the misprints easily identifiable and importantly, not open to misinterpretation (not for me anyway).

These spelt out “My family and other animals” – a famous children’s book by Gerard Durrell. His name being visible in the leading diagonal, from top left to bottom right.

As to the two groups

  • the unclued were “my family” MARGO, LESLIE, LARRY and MOTHER
  • the clued were the other animals  (TORTOISE, SPIDER, MAGPIE, PIGEON, GULL and PUPPIES)

I needed the dubious wonders of Wikipedia to assist me here – A popular book certainly, but not one that I liked. As to the title the two groups are, obviously, my family and other animals.

Thanks Samuel for a relatively easy puzzle for you.

Key

* Anagram, Rev. reverse, DD Double definition

ACROSS

M 1 Almost wear down stile (4)Almost wear down smile (4)
Grind (wear down) – d = GRIN
4  Joke about one held by card (8)
Rev. (Rot (joke)) + i in tose (card) = TORTOISETORTOISE
Y 11 Regularly make off with alderman local in Angus (6)Regularly make off with alderman loyal in Angus (6)
mAkE oFf (regularly) + ald (alderman) = AEFALD
F 13 Caught out, inspect dodgy part of loot (6)Caught out, inspect dodgy part of foot (6)
(inspect – c)* = INSTEP
14 Italian love gods accepted men in short dress (7)
A (accepted) + or (men) in mini (short dress) = AMORINI
A 15 Lacking heir, stop to destroy duke changing ends (9)Lacking hair, stop to destroy duke changing ends (9)
bar (stop) + deface (moving d(duke)) to end = BAREFACED
M 16 Begin to love ace from flight? (4)Begin to move ace from flight? (4)
Stair (flight) – a (ace) = STIR
18 Once serve Scottish bird (3)
DD KAE
I 19 Force are where waves might be found (3)Force are where wives might be found (3)
Od (force) + a (are) = ODA
21 University servant backed supreme deity (6)
Rev(Gip (university servant)) + eon (supreme deity) = PIGEON
23 Corps direct account for Turkish governor (6)
C(corps) + aim (direct) + ac(account) = CAIMAC
27 Linger with lost king’s trumpet (3)
Lurk (linger) – k (king) = LUR
L 30 Yale exposed active frat process (3)Yale exposed active flat process (3)
Al (yale exposed) + a (active) = ALA
Y 31 Reggae ultimately ruined Marley, rejecting money for ska part? (6, hyphenated)Reggae ultimately ruined Marley, rejecting money for sky part?
E (reggae ultimately) + (Marley-m(money))* = E-LAYER
32 Pay back for vessel (4)
Rev(Ante (pay)) = ETNA
A 33 Week passes without base smear freaking out unknown (9)Weak passes without base smear freaking out unknown (9)
Goes (passes) – e (base) + (smear)* + y (unknown) = GOSSAMERY
36 Lunatic pipes up (7)
(pipesup)* = PUPPIES
N 37 While bistro’s head left, have a bite (5)Whine bistro’s head left, have a bite (5)
B(bistros head) + l (left) + eat (have a bite)
D 38 Begin to ignore princess coy about weakness of mine (6)Begin to ignore princess coy about weakness of mind (6)
I (begin to idiocy) + di (princess) + (coy)* = IDIOCY
39 Realise government’s leaving railway in a twist (6)
Twig (realise) – g (government) + rly (railway) = TWIRLY
40 Further education dispelled thesis fixations (8)
FE (further education) + (thesis)* = FETISHES
41 Sail around lake (4)
Rev(lug (sail)) + l = GULL

DOWN

1 School has damaged ancient legwear (6)
Gam (school) + (has)* = GAMAShGAMASH
2 Once again reach to keep a tenor inside (8)
Retain (keep) around a + t (tenor) = REATTAIN
3 Worry about religious instruction script (6)
Nag (worry) + a (about) + ri (religious instruction) = NAGARI
O 5 Reman theatres deserted during opera every now and then (4)Roman theatres deserted during opera every now and then (4)
d (deserted) in OpErA (every now and then) = ODEA
T 6 Sex up rare bats (4)Set up rare bats (4)
(rare)* = REAR
H 7 Lifelessly start to insist for a present Wren expected (6)Lifelessly start to insist for a present When expected (6)
Tamely (lifelessly) swapping I for a = TIMELY
8 Desperate airlines name missing Jew, perhaps (7)
(airlines – n(new))* = ISRAELI
E 9 Like glum son, trust yard (6)Like glue son, trust yard (6)
S (son) + tick (trust) + y (yard) = STICKY
10 Special ride crashed… (6)
SP (special) + (ride)* = SPIDER
12  …following call about yard burning (6)
F (following) + ring (call) about y(yard) = FRYING
R 15 Bishop can date angel (5)Bishop can date anger (5)
B (bishop) + loo (can) + d (date) = BLOOD
A 17 Singular lady drunk ales (5)Singular lady drunk alas (5)
S (singular) + (lady)* = SADLY
N 20 African music’s initially not for everybody — it could become slow when cold (8)African music’s initially not for everybody — it could become snow when cold (8)
Rai (African music) + nf (initially not for) + all (everybody) = RAINFALL
I 22 Elderly experts emptied planter — all plants might have this (7, hyphenated)Elderly experts emptied planter — ill plants might have this (7, hyphenated)
ey + es (elderly experts emptied) + pot (planter) = EYESPOT
24 Club’s employing doctor for second hospital (6)
Mashie (club) switching GP for sh (second hospital) = MAGPIE
M 25Wipe up around middle of mask — it makes one look slimier! (6)Wipe up around middle of mask — it makes one look slimmer! (6)
(wipe)* around as (middle of mask) = WASPIE
26 Skin of massive yams rotted fruit (6)
(me (skin of massive) + yams)* = MAMEYS
A 28 Revolution overturned lie about liberal regarding rice (6)Revolution overturned lie about liberal regarding race (6)
ver (Rev(Revolution)) + lig (lie) VERLIG
29 Outside court, lady injured foot (6)
(lady)* around ct (court) = DACTYL
L 34 Some fishes thieve bait (4)Some fishes thieve balt (4)
Hidden fishES THieve = ESTH (Estonian)
S 35 Short badger-like animal abandoned coot (4)Short badger-like animal abandoned cost (4)
Ratel (badger like animal) – l = RATE

 

3 Responses to “Enigmatic Variations 1062 Two Groups by Samuel”

  1. Samuel says:

    Thanks for the write-up, and apologies if the theme wasn’t your cup of tea. I loved the book when much younger, and rediscovered it after watching a BBC documentary last year (I think) on the real story of this period in Gerald Durrell’s life. I was astonished to find that in reality, Larry’s wife was also with the Durrell’s on Corfu – but that she was so hated by the rest of the family, she wasn’t mentioned in the book! Unfortunately this interesting fact was too obscure for inclusion in the puzzle :-(

  2. Jaguar says:

    There was a bit of confusion about whether or not this was going to be published as 1058, instead of my own offering. Still, the plus side is that it’s given me an opportunity to get to know Samuel a bit better, a top setter. This wasn’t too difficult but I enjoyed the moment when the theme became clear, and how soon after that things fell into place. Thanks Samuel!

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    I enjoyed this, but failed to finish because I had stupidly put in GERRY rather than LARRY, so gave up on 23ac. And is it a children’s book? Surely not, just light and pleasant. Well as a teenager I thought it was pleasant, although twencelas didn’t.

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