Homage by Whynot
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Whynot’s latest puzzle is a homage – solve the puzzle to find out the subject. See below for details about a rather different puzzle he has compiled. As usual, the setter will be delighted to receive feedback from you, the solvers. I do ask that you remember that for most setters this is a new experience, so please only offer constructive criticism.
Issue 178 of the British Go Journal, containing the British Go Association Prize Crossword Puzzle, is now available to all as a download at:
For some help with the British Go Journal puzzle To be fair, solvers should note the following:
o One of the answers is an abbreviation.
o Two English words are not in most dictionaries: one, a recognisable archaism; one an obvious modernism.
o English dictionaries will not be enough in any case.
Those who don’t play Go (and even most of those who do) will have recourse to the internet, especially the BGA website (as above). Go wiki Sensei’s Library has anything else one might need to know.
It is doable without prior Go knowledge for someone who likes a challenge. The solution is not officially downloadable till Spring, but is available on request.
Welcome back to Whynot with a tribute to Roger Squires who recently retired as a setter. In keeping with Roger’s style, there are a large number of mild cryptic definitions and double definitions as well as one straight definition that reads as though it could mean something else.
As with his previous crossword, the wordplay was very good with only a few minor points to watch.
1 Roger, in the end you left us, cancelled service, removed (5)
RUFUS – The final letter (in the end) of Roger followed by the letter used when texting for you and the words left us after removing the “let” (cancelled service removed).
4/11 Hemingway’s double amputation? (1,8,2,4)
A FAREWELL TO ARMS – The title of a book by Ernest Hemingway might be paraphrased as a double amputation.
9 Last drink? Cheers! (7,2)
BOTTOMS UP – A six letter word meaning last followed by a three letter word meaning cheers.
10 Speak softly of little marsupial caught in China (5)
CROON – The diminutive form of kangaroo inside the internet domain name for China (given in Collins). The wordplay is not wrong but at least one editor thinks that internet domain prefixes should not be used unless indicated as such. Whilst Chambers refers only to soft singing, Collins defines the solution as soft singing or talking.
11 See 4
12 Completely fail in autumn even (4,4)
FALL FLAT – The American term for Autumn followed by a word meaning even.
14 Disconcerted Ned to some extent with: “Lick tip of raspberry ripple!” (7)
CRINKLE – An anagram (disconcerted) of NE (Ned to some extent) LICK R (tip of raspberry).
16 Gathering sailors’ tax (7)
ABSCESS – The abbreviation for able seaman’s (sailor) maintaining the S from the ’s followed by a four letter (obsolete) word for a tax. Perhaps the fact that the word for a tax is an old obsolete word should have been indicated. Whilst the solution is a collection of pus, I think that defining it as a gathering is a tad misleading.
18 Girls just want to have it on record (3)
FUN – Mild cryptic definition of what what girls just want to have in the Cindi Lauper record.
19 Filmed one in seven? (7)
SAMURAI – Another mild cryptic definition of the Japanese warriors of whom there were seven in the film by Akira Kurosawa that was adapted as the Magnificent Seven.
20 Tea pot with lid missing I see talked about all over the place (7)
CHAOTIC – A three letter word for tea followed by the word POT with the first letter (lid) removed and the I and the word pronounced (talked about) as see. Perhaps lid as an initial letter indicator works best in a down clue.
22 Offered too little to say where reds might be lurking in NZ? (8)
UNDERBID – I think that this relies on one knowing how those in New Zealand might pronounce the word bed as in “reds under the bed”.
24 With agility and cunning, poke one’s nose in to interior (6)
SPRYLY – A three letter word meaning poke one’s nose inside (in to the interior) of a three letter word meaning cunning.
27 Domain in which true master’s top (5)
REALM – A four letter word meaning true followed by the first letter (top) of master. Again, top as a first letter indicator would work better in a down clue. Perhaps “True master’s top domain” would give a smoother surface reading.
28 Break in? (9)
INTERRUPT – A straight definition that reads as if it could mean something else but doesn’t.
29 Charming letter put before the Queen constituting a bribe (9)
SWEETENER – A five letter word meaning charming followed by the phonetic spelling of the letter “N” and the two letter abbreviation for queen.
30 Gentile back in charge of mystic (5)
YOGIC – A reversal (back) of a three letter word for a gentile followed by the abbreviation for in charge. Some editors will allow definition of wordplay but not wordplay of definition.
1 Nick ear using machine (7)
ROBOTIC – A three letter word meaning nick followed by a word meaning “of the ear”. Although ear can be used in phrases such as “ear surgeon”, ear functions here not as an adjective but as a mound noun.
2 Decree Arafat wanted incorporated (5)
FATWA – The answer is hidden (incorporated) in ARAFAT WANTED.
3 His work is done at last (9)
SHOEMAKER – Cryptic definition for another term for a cobbler.
4 Heads from alien landings searchable online, too (4)
ALSO – The initial letters (heads from) the third to sixth words of the clue.
5 An ace paper struggling to make a showing (10)
APPEARANCE – An anagram (struggling) of AN ACE PAPER.
6 Spreadsheet app gets “not fit for smaller frameworks” label in announcement (5)
EXCEL – A homophone (in announcement) of the abbreviation for “extra large” (not fit for smaller frameworks label.
7 Calming girlfriend of gangster, one irrational on admission to hospital department (9)
EMOLLIENT – A four letter word for a gangster’s girlfriend followed by the I from the clue and the letter representing an irrational number all inside a three letter word for a hospital department.
8 Medicine connected us, as reported (7)
LINCTUS – A homophone (as reported) of LINKED US.
13 Meaning of sharp focus (10)
DEFINITION – Double meaning for the explanation of a word and sharp focus in a screen or film.
15 Somehow I made it. Me! Without intervention! (9)
IMMEDIATE – An anagram (somehow) of I MADE IT ME.
17 Pre-match do? (4,5)
STAG PARTY – A mild cryptic definition of a gathering of men before a wedding. Care has to be taken with cryptic definitions such as this where an equally valid solution would be a phrase ending in night.
19 Escorts one across sheets on board (7)
SQUIRES – Double definition and wordplay, the first being the role in chivalry, the second being a the surname of the setter celebrated in the answer to 1a with the wordplay being another word for 24 sheets of paper in the abbreviation for a steamship (on board).
21 Unseen, weep over time captured in photograph (7)
CRYPTIC – A three letter word meaning weep followed the abbreviation for time inside a three letter word for a photograph.
23 Give up appeal to follow American rock band (5)
REMIT – A three letter name of an American rock band followed by a two letter word for sex appeal.
25 Singer Neil‘s offspring (5)
YOUNG – Double definition, the first being the surname of the Canadian singer-songwriter.
26 Cause trouble in prison (4)
STIR – Double definition.
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