SP – 004

Special Puzzle – 004

In Remembrance by Chalicea

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The puzzle is available by clicking on the above grid.

Today we have a Special Puzzle, compiled by Chalicea.

A special themed crossword for Armistice Day reviewed by crypticsue

Across

6a Wet weather interrupting support for person undergoing instruction (7)
TRAINEE Some wet weather interrupting a support used on a golf course

7a Heart of swampy heath country (7)
AMERICA the letters at the heart of swAMpy and a type of plant also known as heath

9a Rake about clutching spades in gravelly ridge (5)
ESKER An anagram (about) of RAKE clutching the abbreviation for spades in a card game

10a Group of cub-scouts mostly feel concern for panda (6,3)
PATROL CAR A group of cub-scouts and most of a verb meaning to feel concern for

11a Difficult situation surrounding old official presiding at inquest (7)
CORNER A difficult situation ‘surrounding’ the abbreviation for Old

13a Everybody in low marshy land killed in battle (6)
FALLEN Another way of saying everybody inserted into a low marshy area

15a Great War scapegoat, unhappily he is warlike, blame regularly follows (6,7)
KAISER WILHELM An anagram (unhappily) of HE IS WARLIKE followed by the regular letters of bLaMe

19a Promiscuous lass abandoning yen for a republican soldier in the light cavalry (6)
HUSSAR Remove the Y (abandoning yen) from a promiscuous lass and replace it with the abbreviation for Republican

20a Despicable fellow’s endless sit-in within casual eatery (7)
CAITIFF Remove the outside letters (endless) of sIT In and insert into an informal term for an eatery

23a Reforming crime, it’s a first step in peace process (9)
ARMISTICE An anagram (reforming) of CRIME IT’S A

24a Ease of mind of physical education expert (5)
PEACE The abbreviation for Physical Education followed by an expert

26a Enlisted man to patch up with metal round centre of Reims (7)
SOLDIER A verb meaning to patch up with metal goes round the middle letter (centre) of Reims

 

27a Friendly understanding sadly entertained when disrupted raid abandoned (7)
ENTENTE An anagram (sadly) of ENTERTAINED once the letters RAID (disrupted indicating that they aren’t in that order) are ‘abandoned’

Down
1d Large cistern smelled very bad with top off (4)
TANK Remove the ‘top’ of a way of saying smelled very bad

2d Some sodden drunk to circumvent in Las Vegas (3,3)
END RUN Lurking in some of soddEN DRUNk. In US gridiron football, an xxx xxx is a running play in which the player carrying the ball tries to avoid being tackled by running outside the end (or flank) of the offensive line.

3d Absurd empty roar lasting for a time only (9)
TEMPORARY An anagram (absurd) of EMPTY ROAR

4d Monument once constructed over redesigned path (8)
CENOTAPH An anagram (constructed) of ONCE goes over another anagram (redesigned) of PATH

5d Select a bulbous plant, we’re told for relish (10)
PICCALILLI A relish that’s quite hard to spell sounds like (we’re told) of a way of saying select a particular bulbous plant

6d Fish circling river in deep cut in the earth (6)
TRENCH A type of fish ‘circling’ the abbreviation for river

7d Skills of rats raising centre of traps (4)
ARTS Look at the word RATS and raise the letter that is the centre of the word TRAPS to the front

8d Out-and-out angry tirade pursuing army regulation (6)
ARRANT The abbreviation for Army Regulation is ‘pursued’ by an angry tirade

12d See marbles properly organized come together again (10)
REASSEMBLE An anagram (properly organized) of SEE MARBLES

14d Know about uncomfortable sensation followed by sound of hesitation for cookhouse worker (9)
KITCHENER A word mean to know goes about an uncomfortable sensation and is followed by a sound of hesitation

16d Pelt of aquatic mammal; walrus maybe? (8)
SEALSKIN This particular pelt of an aquatic mammal might, if split 5,3, describe what a walrus could be

17d Female from time to time amorously strips (6)
SHEARS The female personal pronoun followed by occasional (from time to time) letters of AmoRouSly

18d Decadent English and French festival (6)
EFFETE The abbreviations for English and French plus a festival

21d Take into account wicked spirit as essentially general (6)
IMPUTE A wicked spirit, a two-letter word meaning as [said] (it’s in the BRB) and the ‘essential’ letter of genEral

22d Drink we hear and stand for coffin! (4)
BIER A homophone (we hear) of a type of alcoholic drink

25d Not starting to goad relative (4)
AUNT Remove the first letter (not starting) from a verb meaning to goad

The themed solutions are highlighted in the grid

 

 

 


14 thoughts on “SP – 004

  1. It was an unexpected bonus to find such a pleasurable extra puzzle on BD’s site today. Appropriately themed, it was great fun to solve without being too difficult.

    9a was a new word for me, and I can’t parse the second half of 21d. The use of Las Vegas is slightly puzzling as I don’t think it is a city which is particularly notable for the activity where you would come across a 2d. Unless I’m missing something there are plenty of other more relevant US cities which could have been chosen.

    Many thanks Chalicea, this was most enjoyable.

  2. A nice bonus, thanks Chalicea. All went in nicely until the SE corner – not sure I knew 18, 20 or 21 but the clues were good enough to twig.

    Good day to all.

  3. That was indeed a nice surprise and stopped me having to do all sorts of less pleasant tasks that were earmarked for this afternoon! I didn’t know either 9 or 20a and – like RD – had to look up a couple of letters in 21d. I also needed to check the required definition of 18d and was somewhat bemused by the choice of Las Vegas in 2d.

    Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable solve and an appreciated nod to today’s important anniversary.

    Many thanks, Chalicea.

  4. 9a 20a were new to me but deductible and checked with me googles help. However 17d eludes me still. I don’t think I have the checkers wrong so look forward to checking the hints.
    Thanks to Chalicea for getting so many theme related clues in.

  5. We manage to find time to have a go at this one and very pleased we did. A very pleasant and fitting tribute to the day.
    Thanks Chalicea

  6. Just found this today, when i came looking for the rookie puzzle. Very enjoyable. Though I felt lulled into a false sense of security with lovely straightforward clues, only to be hit with Latin for as. I didn’t know the grid-iron term either. Didn’t prevent a full grid.

    Another lovely remembrance day puzzle in the independent on sunday, in case you haven’t seen it, by Eimi (the editor) – and blogged on fifteensquared by our very own Kitty.

    Many thanks for this special effort Chalicea, highly appreciated. And thanks Sue for the Latin.

  7. Just found this today, when i came looking for the rookie puzzle. Very enjoyable. Though I felt lulled into a false sense of security with lovely straightforward clues, only to be hit with Latin for as. I didn’t know the grid-iron term either. Didn’t prevent a full grid.

    Another lovely remembrance day puzzle in the independent on sunday, in case you haven’t seen it, by Eimi (the editor) – and blogged on fifteensquared by our very own Kitty.

    Many thanks for this special effort Chalicea, highly appreciated. And thanks Sue for the Latin.

  8. I did this last night and thought it a beautiful puzzle for Remembrance Day.

    Many very appreciative thanks to Chalicea and to crypticsue for her usual excellent blog.

    And a very Happy Birthday to crypticsue. Enjoy your day!

  9. Many thanks for the review, CS, think there’s a typo in the hint for 21d.
    In case you don’t pop in to read the back-pager blog – many happy returns!

  10. Many thanks to Cryptic Sue, as always, for the review with its superb illustrations. (Yes, UT for ‘as’ in 21d – sorry for using Latin but it’s a tough syllable to clue). It seemed a shame to let the very significant day go by without the crossword world doing its share of commemoration and Big Dave very aptly suggested that this (sent as an NTSPP submission) should appear on the Armistice centenary Sunday. Thank you for the approving comments.

  11. Many thanks, as always, to Cryptic Sue for the review and those illustrations. I’m sorry to have resorted to Latin in 21d but that syllable is difficult to cope with in any other way. With such an important centenary being commemorated on Sunday, it seemed important to have the crossword world do its share. The puzzle was submitted as an NTSPP but Big Dave suggested it would be better as a special on the Sunday. Thank you for all the approving comments.

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