NTSPP – 240
A Puzzle by Hieroglyph
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A review of this puzzle by crypticsue follows.
There was a lot of heated discussion earlier this week in Rookie Corner with regard to quotations being obtained by solving a very long anagram. The following is an edited extract from my comments to Hieroglyph when I first met this week’s NTSPP crossword back in January.
….. the trouble with this particular long quotation is that I could only remember the first ten words and there is no way even with checking letters of dredging the rest of it from the depths of my brain and so I had to go to the Dictionary of Quotations to fill in the last few bits. I did have 2d without looking that bit up!! …… There is also the problem that because it is an extra long anagram, there aren’t many words left in the grid to provide you with enough checking letters to get the ‘crossing words’ – well that’s the impression I had anyway.
I drafted this review yesterday (Saturday) and thinking about it overnight, I do think it is very clever to make the anagram fodder exactly fit the theme of the poem, but the trouble is that with a seventy-eight letter anagram, no-one is actually going to bother to work it out, but just write it in if they know it like KiwiCarol, or look it up – in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations if you are, like me, of an age when reference books are always the starting point – or by investigoogling.
9a Lucerne‘s a lake flower, note (7)
ALFALFA A (from the clue) the abbreviation for Lake, a Cornish river and a musical note.
10a Tool worker proverb (7)
HANDSAW A worker, especially in a factory, and a proverb or saying.
11a Orations given of late? (9)
EULOGIUMS A word I’d never heard of for funeral orations.
12a A quick turn on the dance floor with Henry, one requiring both hands (5)
WHIRL The abbreviations for With and Henry, I (one) and the initials used to represent Right and Left hands.
13a Seasonably, uncouth learner consumed legumes (4,5)
SOYA BEANS Remove the L (Learner ‘consumed’) from SEASONABLY and make an anagram (uncouth) of the remaining letters.
15a A politician surrounded by volunteers in US city (5)
TAMPA Insert A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for a Member of Parliament (politician) into the abbreviation for old name for the British army’s volunteers.
16a Dropping off a satchel full of money (7)
ABATING A (from the clue) and a receptacle of which a satchel is an example, with a slang word for money inserted.
19a Lists of courses to begin with sound yucky – lobster, langoustine and bream included (7)
SYLLABI – The letters at the beginning of Sound Yucky Lobster Langoustine Bream and Included.
20a Took on board educated boy first (5)
LADED Another word for boy followed by the abbreviation for educated.
21a See 8 Down
24a Extremist characters with boiling hot mercury (5)
AZOTH The letters at either end of the alphabet (extremist characters) followed by an anagram (boiling) of HOT.
25a Heavenly being‘s way out from Northern Line stations (9)
ARCHANGEL Two tube stations on the Northern Line, the first one having the WAY removed (way out) from its name before following it with the second.
28a Ceramic pigment, pressed right in (4-3)
IRON-RED Insert R (right) into a word meaning pressed (usually used with clothing).
29a See 8 Down
1d See 8
2d See 8
3d Good word for swallow ascending (4)
PLUG A piece of favourable publicity (good word for) is a reversal of a verb meaning to swallow quickly with effort.
4d City copper initially needed a break (6)
LACUNA A break or hiatus – the abbreviation for an American West Coast city, the chemical symbol for copper, the initial letter of Needed and (once again) A from the clue.
5d Various types of monkey chap’s involved in tricks (8)
RHESUSES Insert the first person pronoun, not forgetting the S (chap’s) into tricks or stratagems.
6d See 8
7d A ‘Top Gear’ presenter: “When reversing, aim for problem in the mirror” (8)
ASTIGMIA A defect in an eye, lens or mirror by which rays from a single point are focused as two short focal lines at right angles to each other and at different distances. A (from the clue), the mystery driver on Top Gear, and a reversal (when reversing)of AIM (from the clue).
8/17/29/21/26/13D/14/2/6/1 In London, W.B. Yeats, dreaming of a bee-loud glade in Ireland, associated calm with rainfall; wants relocation (1,4,5,3,2,3,3,2,2,9,3,1,5,5,5,5,2,4,3,7,4)
I WILL ARISE AND GO NOW, AND GO TO INNISFREE, AND A SMALL CABIN BUILD THERE, OF CLAY AND WATTLES MADE Being the tester and blogger of this puzzle means that I have actually made sure that all seventy-eight of the letters in the clue – not including relocation which is both anagram indicator and definition – actually do rearrange to make the first line of a poem by WB Yeats, written in London when he was twenty-three .
18d Depressing budget supermarket clown (8)
GRIMALDI The surname of a famous, actor, comedian and clown is obtained by following a word meaning depressing or unappealing with the name of a budget supermarket.
22d Sweet stuff sailor found by Birmingham landmark (6)
NECTAR The abbreviation for the Birmingham exhibition centre (landmark) followed by one of the words used for sailor.
23d Royal Engineers soldier on land (6)
REGION The abbreviation for Royal Engineers, an American soldier and ON (from the clue).
26d See 8
27d Can Penny twist? (4)
LOOP Can and the first three letters of the solution are slang words for the lavatory – the slang word required here should be followed by the abbreviation for Penny.
Thanks to Hieroglyph for the crossword. I particularly liked 19a and 18d. Hope we see you again here soon, but perhaps without quite such a long anagram next time!