Crosaire No: 14605 – Saturday, 22 October 11
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Each day I’ll be posting explanations to the clues in the crossword that appeared in the prior day’s paper. Solvers are welcome to post comments on the puzzle, or on anything related to the great Crosaire tradition. If you have a question about a clue that isn’t answered in the explanations I am sure that I, or a fellow solver, can answer it for you. Blog posts appear at midnight, so if you’re up late be sure to drop by!
I first started tackling the Crosaire crossword about 40 years ago, in the 2-3 hours it took me to me to get home to Tallaght by bus from my school in Sandymount. I’d carefully tear out the inevitably unfinished puzzle each day and hide it away until I could get hold of the answers in the next day’s paper. With those answers, the logic behind many of the clues would suddenly reveal itself providing me with that glorious “aha!” moment. But all too often, an answer just wasn’t enough to unravel a clue. I remember wishing that “Mr. Crosaire” was sitting there beside me on the bus, to explain to me what on earth he was thinking as he set those dastardly clues.
Well, here is one of Derek Crozier’s puzzle; number 14, 605! Derek’s not here to explain the rationale behind each clue, but here’s what I think he was thinking.
How did you fare with this crossword?
1: I COME FROM EIRE
Derek did indeed …
Not leave enough (UNDER GO) and = UNDERGO: suffer for it.
“To” on one side (TO) of “Ronald” (RON) and “to” on the other side (TO) = TORONTO: Can-ada.
My choice for Clue of the Day!
Not even one foot (INCH) into Wexford (INCH).
Woman from the Old Testament (OT HER) = OTHER: not the same.
Pa-in (AGUE) to have “the cheek” (CHEEK) = AGUECHEEK: to appear in Twelfth Night.
Andrew Aguecheek is a character in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, not one of the Bard’s plays that I’ve seen, though. “Ague” is more like “fever” to me, but I guess there’s associated pain in some conditions …
It is (‘TIS) back to front = SIT: not-with-standing.
19: ALL SET
The entire (ALL) collection (SET) with = ALL SET: READY.
21: COME TO
Conscious (COME TO) of having arrived back (COME TO).
You can make “size” turn into “out-size” WITH the use of the word OUT = WITHOUT.
Is that “a hundred” (C) I knots (I TIES) for = CITIES: towns.
25: THE CUB
“You”, by the sound of it (U) comes after (T) by the sound of it = TEA.
With “myself” (ME) “about” it (RE) = MERE: only a little water.
A mere is a lake that is more broad than it is deep, as in Windermere in the North of England …
“A dry E”, an anagram = READY: prepared.
Buck, ‘deer’, up (REED) “study” this, ‘read’, sounds like (REED).
I think that’s what Derek was thinking …
After making one “read” (DEAR) “set” askew (EST) = DEAREST: my love.
A nice chap (GENT) Ian (IAN) is = GENTIAN: blooming.
Gentian is a flowering plant …
36: COME INTO SIGHT
It’s a “m-anger”, perhaps (M-IRE) = MIRE: though muddy.
“Forts” (FRO-TS) around “the South” (S) = FROSTS: that chills.
The “event” sounds as if (A VENT) = OUTLET: it goes to waste.
The “green” mixture (RENEG) makes “you” (U) and ‘e (E) = RENEGUE: break your word.
“Renegue” is a alternative spelling of the more familiar “renege” …
8: MUSICAL COMEDY
9: COME TO A BAD END
What Sin-bad may have done at last.
14: HIGH TEA
Not the low sort of TEA.
That stinker (SEWER) is nippy with the needle (SEWER).
The two of them (BOTH-) is the “start” of the answer = BOTHY: a cottage in Scotland.
“Bothy” is just that, a Scots word for a cottage …
What can make “SIT”, an anagram = ‘TIS: “that is”, in short.
So wounding to do this (CUT) to have “a lass” (LASS) = CUTLASS: of the old sailor.
With all that “shredded” (TORN) fuss (ADO) = TORNADO: get the wind up.
Very nice …
Not him is (-HER-IS-) is “in” the answer = CHERISH: to take care of me.
“Note” (TE-ON) about “you tea” (UT) = TEUTON: the one from Germany.
Such (HERE) lies (LIES) = HERE LIES: are recorded over “late” (on a gravestone).
“A nit”, an anagram = ANTI: not all for.