Explanations: No. 14642 – Monday, 5 December 2011

Mon, Dec 5, 2011, 23:59


For my birthday this year, my wife gave me a book of crosswords in Latin! I am afraid my knowledge of that language pretty much died soon after my Inter Cert many moons ago, so I won’t be doing those puzzles anytime soon. But we are all familiar with some basic Latin, as we do use a lot of Latin expressions in English. Today we come across a Latin word that is oft-quoted in the phrase “Veni, vidi, vici”:

1D: I came for Caesar and Clare somewhere in Italy (6)
We know that Julius Caesar said “I came, I saw, I conquered”, which in his native Latin is “veni, vidi, vici”. So if we combine VENI with the abbreviation for Clare used in a car registration number (CE), we come up with VENICE, and that is somewhere in Italy.

Julius Caesar is supposed to have written “veni, vidi, vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”) in 47 BC. The occasion was his victory in the short war between the Roman Republic and the Kingdom of Pontus. Pontus was a state of Persian origin located on the southern coast of the Black Sea, now part of modern-day Turkey. According to the Roman historians Plutarch and Suetonius, Caesar wrote the words in account he sent to Amantius, a friend of his back in Rome. Surely he could not have imagines how enduring “veni, vidi, vici” would become.

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How did you fare with this crossword?

8 He led us making the deal, including five at a time (2,6)

“The deal” including “five” [DE (V)AL] at “a time” (ERA) making = DE VALERA: he led us.
9 Ethically unconstrained choice between a 50 and a 1,000? (6)
Choice between a 50 and a 1,000, ‘a 1000 or a 50’ (A M OR A L) = AMORAL: ethically unconstrained.
10 Kipling’s orphan, Yoko, might wear this (6)
Kipling’s orphan (KIM) Yoko (ONO) = KIMONO: might wear this.
The orphan here is Kim (and not Mowgli, from “The Jungle Book”), the hero in Rudyard Kipling’s 1901 novel “Kim”.
11 An adjustable rate that’s certain to hold, dear (8)
An adjustable “rate” (TREA) that’s “certain” (SURE) = TREASURE: to hold dear.
12 Threaten to show perhaps king and jack with an ace (6)
Perhaps king and Jack (MEN) with “an ace” (ACE) to show = MENACE: threaten.
13 A fool’s gold, Lieutenant, is inside, resulting in charges (8)
A fool’s (ASS-’S) “gold” “Lieutenant” is inside (AU-LT) resulting in = ASSAULTS: charges.
15 Pitch now, in the swell (4)
No-W (-W) in “the swell” (S-w-ELL) = SELL: pitch.
17 It helps the artist to get a girlfriend perhaps? (7)
A girl-friend perhaps (PAL-ETTE) to get = PALETTE: it helps the artist.
19 Where to take off a Cockney’s hair? That’s left to a mate (7)
A Cockney’s “hair” (‘AIR) that’s “left” to a mate, i.e. on a boat (PORT) = AIRPORT: where to take off.
22 Sets down at a city in the US … sounds wise (4)
At “a city in the US” (LA) sounds “wise” (YS) = LAYS: sets down.
24 Scan the words only to adapt again (8)
Scan the words (READ) only (JUST) = READJUST: to adapt again.
27 Money spent that’s not in a single 22-across (6)
“Not in” (OUT) a single “LAYS” (LAY) that’s = OUTLAY: money spent.
29 Eden is in the procession (8)
In “the procession” (PARAD-E) is (IS) = PARADISE: Eden.
30 Expert showing the road, edited by the Irish Times initially (6)
The “road” edited (ADRO) by “The Irish Times” (IT) showing = ADROIT: expert.
31 100-500 to start the cover up (6)
To start, 100 (C) 50-0 (L-O) the (THE) = CLOTHE: cover up.
32 A bizarre report about your father and the killer (8)
A bizarre “report” (PRE-TOR) about your father (DA) and = PREDATOR: the killer.

1 I came for Caesar and Clare somewhere in Italy (6)

“I came” for Caesar, as in ‘veni, vidi, vici’ (VENI) and “Clare” (CE) = VENICE: somewhere in Italy.
2 A bit of theatre about a sailor with nothing to disrupt (8)
A bit of theatre (S-TAGE) about “a sailor” with “nothing” (AB-O) = SABOTAGE: to disrupt.
3 Fed up nothing what’s left is clear wood (8)
“Fed” up (DEF) nothing (O) what’s left (REST) is = DEFOREST: clear wood.
4 After the first bit, Alan was biased (7)
After “the first bit” (PART-I) Alan (AL) was = PARTIAL: biased.
5 Supporters of the arts, as seen in 16-down? (6)
In 16-down (E-ELS) as (AS) = EASELS: supporters of the arts?
6 Oh, upset and troubled, shun most of Japan (6)
“Oh” upset (HO) and troubled “shun” (NSHU) = HONSHU: most of Japan (the main island).
7 Ran back to tell tales, or the guy who does so! (8)
“Ran” back (NAR) to tell tales (RAT) or (OR) = NARRATOR: the guy who does so! (who tells the tales)
14 Cunning about a murder (4)
Cunning (SL-Y) about “a” (A) = SLAY: murder.
16 See about a learner that raised the fish (4)
“See” about “a learner” [S(L)EE] that raised = EELS: the fish.
18 A bunch of guys, qualified and willing (8)
A (A) bunch of guys (MEN) qualified (ABLE) and = AMENABLE: willing.
20 Alone? I’d admitted so, at the end of the day (8)
I’d (I-D) admitted “so” at “the end of the day” (SO-LATE) = ISOLATED: alone.
21 Aren’t terribly into a friend like your Dad (8)
Into “a friend” (PA-L) “aren’t” terribly (TERNA) = PATERNAL: like your Dad.
23 Endeavour likely to include a pioneer upending me (7)
Likely (A-PT) to include “a pioneer” upending “me” (TT-EM) = ATTEMPT: endeavour.
25 Lack key ground (6)
Key (D) ground (EARTH) = DEARTH: lack.
26 Agreed to a French diet for a change (6)
To “a” French (UN) “diet” for a change (ITED) = UNITED: agreed.
28 Picasso’s friends with a Russian fighter that’s so upset (6)
With “a Russian fighter” (A MIG) that’s “so” upset (OS) = AMIGOS: Picasso’s “friends”.