Monthly Prize Puzzle – 028
Latitude by Alchemi
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Congratulations to this month’s winner – A. Weir – who correctly gave Harare (17:51 S) as being nearest to “eighteen degrees S” – the parallel of latitude found in across rows four and 12 of the crossword.
I don’t know whether they used Google to find out which of the places named in the solutions was on this parallel of latitude, but I used an atlas when I test-solved the crossword, which led to our setter changing the wording of the question so that entrants would know that Harare was the answer needed to win the Chambers XWD – A Dictionary of Crossword Abbreviations. Incorrect entries included Port-au-Prince (18:32 N)(my original answer) , Rio de Janeiro (22:54 S) and Mogadishu (02:02 N)
1a Paid for chip’s body colour (5)
HIRED – HI (the ‘body’ of cHIps)followed by the colour RED.
4a Academic who gives parts to actors in Yorkshire (9)
DONCASTER – DON (an academic fellow at a university) and CASTER (someone who allocates parts to actors).
9a African city cat very pretty, you announced (9)
MOGADISH – MOG (cat) A DISH (very pretty person) and U (you ‘announced’ or said out loud).
10a Russian writer is ungainly, they say (5)
GORKI – the Russian writer sounds like GAWKY (ungainly).
11a Travelled across Italy a month before Spain, Ireland and old South American resort (3,2,7)
RIO DE JANEIRO – RODE (travelled) with I (Italy) inserted followed by JAN (the abbreviated month of January) E (IVR code for Spain) IR (abbreviation for Ireland) and O (old).
14a Thank heavens for stewed bear pies (6,2)
PRAISE BE is an anagram (stewed) of BEAR PIES.
15a Artist stops tortoise’s rival reaching African city (6)
HARARE – RA (Royal Academician, artist) inserted into (or ‘stops’) the rival of the tortoise in the fabled race – the HARE.
17a Delay entering self-help group following month in Spain (6)
MALAGA – M (the abbreviation for Month) and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous, self-help group) with LAG (delay) inserted.
19a Left having affected parts removed? (8)
DECAMPED – Sounding like one might have ‘camp’ or affected parts removed.
22a Porn picture a problem for Caribbean capital (4-2-6)
PORT-AU-PRINCE is an anagram (a problem) of PORN PICTURE A.
26a Requisition gold article from 23 (5)
ORDER – OR (gold) and DER (the German (as used in 23d) definite article).
27a Church backing immobility over the introduction of ecumenical raptures (9)
ECSTASIES – EC is a reversal (backing) of CE (the abbreviation for the Church of England), followed by STASIS (immobility) with E (the introduction of Ecumenical)inserted.
28a Uses machines to replace regular faculty members with no friends (9)
AUTOMATES – A U T (the regular letters of fAcUlTy) O MATES (no friends).
29a Part of a joint – often only part (5)
TENON is found in part of ofTEN ONly.
1d Pigeon poet (5)
HOMER – A type of pigeon or a famous Greek poet.
2d Ignore new friend in parts of the country (10)
REGIONALLY – An anagram (new) of IGNORE followed by N (new) and ALLY (friend).
3d Those working at the Pentagon need valuable items from cars deliberately crashed (7)
DODGEMS – People employed by the Department Of Defense work at the Pentagon – the abbreviation for the department should be followed by GEMS (valuable items).
4d Quiet sailor carrying note expected outside Asian city (8)
DUSHANBE – DUE (expected) is put outside SH (quiet) and AB (sailor)with N (note) inserted.
5d Render impotent amphibian heard to hesitate (6)
NEUTER sounds like (heard) NEWT (amphibian) ER (hesitate).
6d Biggles’s friend not quite getting up-river in Africa (7)
ALGERIA – ALGY (not quite all the name of Biggles’s friend) followed by a reversal (getting up) of the River AIRE.
7d Inflatable port (4)
TYRE is both an inflatable tube and an ancient Mediterranean port.
8d Control announcement of wet weather (4)
REIN is a homophone (announcement of ) RAIN (wet weather).
12d Exercise in caution over vice – there’s nothing in it which will benefit a military family (3,7)
WAR PENSION – WARN (caution) with PE (exercise) inserted followed by SIN (vice) with O inserted (nothing in it)
13d Wuss went (4)
WEED – An ineffectual person (wuss) or the childish way of saying urinated (went).
14d Uprising over medium American sportswear company (4)
PUMA – A reversal (rising) of UP over M (medium) and A (American).
16d Asks about adventures in search of valuables (8)
REQUESTS – RE (about) and QUESTS (adventures in search of valuables).
18d Coarse cloth is good stuff, holding fearsome giant losing his footing (7)
GROGRAM – G (good) RAM (stuff) with OGRE inserted (fearsome giant losing his ‘footing’ or last letter).
20d A couple of brawlers enter A & E side by side (7)
ABREAST – BR (a couple of letters in the word BRAWLERS) go between A (from the clue) and EAST (E).
21d Part of theatre stays still (2,4)
AT REST is hidden in part of theATRE STays.
23d German city to get smaller, not large in the first place (5)
ESSEN – Remove the L for large from the start of
LESSEN (get smaller). This particular city would appear to be crossword setters’ word of the month – it has been seen in loads of cryptic crosswords recently.
24d Starts to demolish oldest houses around city (4)
DOHA is obtained from the starts of Demolish Oldest Houses Around.
25d Change one of those things that won’t wait for someone getting up (4)
EDIT is a reversal (getting up) of TIDE (one of those things that won’t wait).
Thanks to Alchemi for the crossword, Mrs BD for her sterling work in picking a winner, and whoever donated the prize too!