Monthly Prize Puzzle – 027
A crossword by Prolixic
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Congratulations to Rob Ford who was the winner of this month’s prize puzzle and wins a copy of recently published 13th edition of the Chambers Dictionary.
The question to be answered by solving this month’s crossword was “Eight consecutive answers form a pun on a famous song. Who had a hit with the original version?”
Starting at 9 Across – YEW PICTURE FIN THYME TWO LEAVED MEAL LOOSE HEEL can, if you say it correctly, sound like the song title “You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille’ which was originally a hit for Kenny Rogers.
8a An alderman then becomes a reactionary person? (11,3)
NEANDERTHAL MAN – An anagram of AN ALDERMAN THEN becomes an informal term for an extremely old-fashioned and reactionary person.
9a Sound of sheep in wood (3)
YEW is a homophone (sound of) of EWE (sheep).
10a Film of old man by river (7)
PICTURE – PICT (an ancient people, old man) and the river URE.
11a Part of a plane‘s almost slender (3)
FIN is almost all of FINE (slender).
13a Medicinal plant eaten by wealthy men (5)
THYME is hidden in (eaten by) wealTHY MEn.
14a Like some plants, loved wet ground around the beginning of April (3-6)
TWO-LEAVED – An anagram (ground) of LOVED WET ‘around’ the first letter of April.
17a Hit back over oriental food (4)
MEAL – A reversal (back) of LAM (hit) with E (eastern, oriental) inserted.
19a Disreputable place to go – Kent! (5)
LOOSE – LOO (place to go) and SE (South East, where Kent is). As a resident of the fine county of Kent, I got extra fun from the wordplay as the Kent village of Loose has a Women’s Institute… I leave you to work out the obvious and smile too.
21a List of the elements (4)
HEEL – List here meaning lean over – HEEL is hidden in tHE ELements.
24a Fool helping with chemical process (9)
TITRATION – TIT (fool) and RATION (helping).
26a Material regularly extracted from your blood with tip of needle (5)
ORLON – A type of acrylic fibre can be extracted from the alternate letters of yOuR bLoOd and the ‘tip’ of Needle.
28a An honour to welcome superior’s young son? (3)
CUB – Insert U (upper class, superior) into CB (Companion of the [Order of the] BATH.
30a The Monty Hall problem reportedly requires you to do this for a fighter (7)
PICADOR – The Monty Hall problem being one where you have to pick one of three doors. So the solution is a homophone of PICK A DOOR.
32a Wander around with one of Jacob’s sons (3)
GAD – To wander about, often restlessly or one of the twelve sons of Jacob.
33a Creature seen when another growled furiously (5,6,3)
GREAT HORNED OWL is an anagram (furiously) of ANOTHER GROWLED.
1d Version of Tuscany Times is confused (12)
UNSYSTEMATIC is a confused anagram of TUSCANY TIMES.
2d Go astray and delay returning to Irish port (6)
GALWAY – A reversal (returning) of YAW (go astray, deviate from a course) and LAG (delay).
3d Changed notice editor holds to be fitting (7)
ADAPTED – AD (notice) APT (to be fitting) and ED (editor).
4d Make short dress and jacket without using a woolen fabric (6)
TRICOT – Remove the last letter (make short) from TRIM (dress) and the A (without using A) from COAT (jacket) to get a hand-knitted woolen fabric.
5d You maybe found in lighthouse (4)
THOU (an old way of saying you) is found in lighTHOUse
6d Beam‘s an unexpected hit (7)
SLEEPER – A double definition – a horizontal beam or a record or film that becomes popular after an initial period of not being so.
7d Old Prince meets fellow for drink (4)
HALF – Prince HAL and F (fellow).
12d Move unsteadily when new mass is removed from inner brain (6-6)
NIDDLE-NODDLE – A verb meaning to waggle (move unsteadily, often with a nodding head) – N (new)
MIDDLE (inner) with the M removed (Mass is removed) and NODDLE (an informal term for the brain or head).
15d Father’s first to leave works (3)
OPS – Remove the first letter from POPS (father’s).
16d Contend with life in France (3)
VIE – A double definition –a verb meaning to content with or the French word for life.
18d A measure is stern (3)
AFT – A (from the clue) and FT (foot, measure).
20d Means of drawing attention about bishop’s fetish (3)
OBI – OI (an interjection to draw attention) put round B (bishop).
22d Cape Asian’s remapped discovering this sea (7)
CASPIAN SEA is an anagram (remapped) of CAPE ASIANS.
23d Hear lots about ancient city’s pilgrimage site (7)
LOURDES – The ancient Biblical city of UR is inserted into LODES (a homophone (hear) of LOADS (lots)).
25d Lowest points of leaders in North American democrats in raunchy scandal (6)
NADIRS – the ‘leaders’ of North American Democrats In Raunchy Scandal.
27d Means of restraint not right for many (6)
LEGION – Remove the R (not right) from LEG-I
RONS (means of restraint).
29d Save time for composer (4)
BART – BAR (save) and T (time)
31d Make appreciative noise about hot salmon (4)
COHO – COO (make appreciative noise) with H (hot) inserted.
Thanks once again to Prolixic for another splendid crossword. Does anyone else find that when song titles turn up in crosswords they spend hours and hours with the tune going round and round in their head? Just in case today’s theme song isn’t going round your head yet, I offer the following