Monthly Prize Puzzle – 040
A puzzle by Prolixic
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Those of us who watched television in the late 1960s (not to mention those who’d had seen repeats in later years) would hopefully have not taken long to spot that CLARENCE [THE] CROSS EYED LION, was to be found in the solutions to 13a 27a 26d 4d.
The question asked was ‘what series do some of the answers point to?’. Clarence the Cross Eyed Lion was the original film on which the TV series, DAKTARI was based , and so Daktari was what you needed to put on the entry ‘form’.
Congratulations to Roger Mallett who did just that and was the lucky winner pulled from the electronic hat by Mrs BD. He wins his choice of one of the Telegraph puzzle books.
1a Gerbil’s soul reincarnated in wimp (5,6)
GIRLS BLOUSE – An anagram (reincarnated) of GERBILS SOUL
9a Iceland’s old hills shelter the French separatists (9)
ISOLATORS – IS (IVR code for Iceland) O (old) LA (French definite article) TORS (hills)
10a Domestic company (5)
HOUSE – Double definition
11a Dream of policeman fleeing from conflict (6)
VISION – DI (Detective Inspector, policeman) fleeing from DIVISION (conflict).
13a Cambridge college regularly knocked form of transport (8)
CLARENCE – CLARE (Cambridge college) and the regular letters of kNoCkEd go together to produce a horse-drawn carriage.
14a Bid for short jacket – on the contrary (6)
DOUBLE – A bid in a game of cards is a DOUBLET (jacket) without its last letter (short).
16a One converted with mercy in service (8)
CEREMONY – An anagram (converted) of ONE and MERCY.
19a Keen on men in a revolutionary state? (8)
ORBITING – OR (Ordinary Ranks of soldiers, men) goes on, or is followed by’ BITING (keen).
20a Small small person’s pain (6)
STITCH – S (small) TITCH (small person).
22a Add the finishing touches to book that is about tax (8)
TITIVATE – TIT (the New Testament Book of Titus) and IE (that is) put ‘about’ VAT (tax).
24a Nothing’s the same in Monaco before start of tomorrow’s sunrise (6)
ORIENT – Because as everyone knows, the sun rises in the East (orient). O (nothing) RIEN (nothing again [the same] but this time in French (as spoken in Monaco) T (the ‘start’ of tomorrow).
27a What’s in micro’s software makes you annoyed (5)
CROSS – Hidden in miCROS Software.
28a Without publicity gents maybe measure some universities (3,6)
IVY LEAGUE – Remove PR (without publicity) from PRIVY (gents maybe) and add LEAGUE (measure).
30a Outline design of German bidet (11)
ABRIDGEMENT – An anagram (design) of GERMAN BIDET.
1d First mate cracked part of crossword and cried (7)
GRIEVED – EVE (the first ‘mate’ on Earth) cracked or inserted into GRID (part of crossword).
2a Origins of rifles changing hands (5)
ROOTS – Change the L at the start of LOOTS (rifles) to an R – left hand changing to right hand.
3/4d Close to one performing animal (3,4)
SEA LION – SEAL (close) I (one) ON (performing).
5d How I start but don’t want to finish? (8)
UNSOLVED – A cryptic definition of this crossword and/or its setter.
6d Medium number (5)
ETHER – The medium formerly believed to fill all space or a ‘number’ or anaesthetic.
7d Part of set‘s screenplay rewritten without authority? (7)
SCENERY – Remove the PLA (Port of London Authority) from SCREENPLAY and then make an anagram (rewritten) of the remaining letters.
8d Renegade‘s tense about capturing navy officer (8)
TURNCOAT – A reversal (about) of TAUT (tense) into which is inserted (capturing) RN (Royal Navy) and CO (Commanding Officer).
12d Hotel worker holds back representative of Minerva (5)
OWLET – The little baby owl that represents Minerva the Roman Goddess of Wisdom is reversed and hidden (holds back) in hoTEL WOrker
15d Release one racing driver (8)
UNBUTTON – UN (a spelling of one used to reflect a dialectal or informal pronunciation eg That’s a big ‘un) and Jensen BUTTON (the racing driver).
17d Go into hospital departments (5)
ENTER – The hospital departments ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) and ER (Emergency Room).
18d Speed drop we hear is more of a problem (8)
KNOTTIER – KNOT (speed) and a homophone (we hear) of TEAR (drop).
19d Visual representation of Capitol (7)
OPTICAL – An anagram (re presentation) of CAPITOL.
21d Leaders of the military elite involved in search for their camp? (7)
HUTMENT – A chiefly military term for a number or group of huts. The ‘leaders’ of The Military Elite inserted into (involved in) HUNT (search).
23d Prospect of old volunteers supporting force (5)
VISTA – VIS A Latin word meaning force or strength supported by TA (Territorial Army – old volunteers as current army volunteers join the Army Reserve).
25/26d Old comic I had heard to be discerning (5-4)
EAGLE-EYED – EAGLE (old comic) and a homophone (heard) of I’D (I had).
29d River dividing male and female? (3)
EXE – The river EXE divides the sEXEs (male and female?). Your blogger really wishes she hadn’t pointed out to our setter that he originally had EVE twice in the ‘test’ version of the crossword so the original clue for 29d was changed. There is a River EWE and a female sheep is a EWE too, leaving one very confused blogger! Memo to self: don’t make things more complicated than they need to be!
Thanks to Prolixic, BD and Mrs BD for their parts in this month’s prize competition.