Within the instance suggestions beneath, the hyperlinks will take you to the explainers in our newbie’s collection. Setter’s identify is usually related along with his interview if you wish to get to know these individuals higher.
Are you able to assist?
Again in December I stated we would be again on January 16, however we sprung a shock once more final week with a collection of profiles of Guardian setters – and I requested on your assist naming those we won’t.
We have made progress: the setter, greatest generally known as Phi, has recognized himself as Pangakupu. We have now the correct identify for Plodge: Moira Wade of Berwickshire. And I’m instructed that Gromwell’s identify was Brett Hancock and that he left us far too quickly.
I want to digitize Gromwell’s puzzles and provides a extra full image of the setter. If you recognize anybody who might need labored with him or knew his household, please get in contact.
In the meantime, the most important thriller is Xerxes – and it will be gratifying to attach the remaining faces with some names.
Information in suggestions
The spotlight of this time of 12 months is Micawber’s puzzle wanting on the earlier 12 months, even or particularly when the months have been as depressing as 2022. This 12 months it is within the Sunday Occasions, comes with answer notes and consists of this clue. …
1d Oh, Mr. Kwarteng is gone – an insanely false financial basis? (6)
[wordplay: anagram (‘gone’) of OMRKWARTENG without (‘deserting’) jumble (‘foolishly’) of WRONG]
[anagram of MRKATE]
[definition: basis of economy?]
… for MARKET and this…
3d Troubled Spot on the Oscars – Sneaky Kiss Amidst Excessive Pressure, and It Goes Down Quick (8)
[wordplay: first letter of (‘spot of’) BOTHER between two Os (‘during Oscars’) & jumble of (‘dodgy’) GAG, all inside (‘amid’) first & last letters of (‘extremes of’) TENSION]
[OBO & GGA, inside TN]
[definition: it goes downhill fast]
… for TOBOGGAN. Are we contemplating yet one more chancellors final identify crossword puzzle this 12 months? Watch this area.
I additionally extremely suggest this text from the Monetary Occasions.
The latter determine
We generally point out suggestions that you do not see typically as of late. When the thought of a crossword puzzle was doubted, the Occasions didn’t wish to offend the supposed intelligence of its readers and aimed its puzzles at those that had, within the phrases of former crossword editor and present Guardian setter Vulcan, “graduated”. from trainer to public faculty Oxford and Cambridge’.
Using the Latin language has been misplaced for a very long time. Quotations with a lacking phrase stuffed in by the solver are not often seen, and I had imagined that they had disappeared by the Nineteen Seventies, however a recent London Evaluation of Books response to the 1979 version of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations tells us:
The primary two editions had been dictionaries of acquainted quotations. This new one is extra of an anthology. The acquainted stuff continues to be right here, however they’ve put in loads of good things that no crossword maker would count on you to know or discover until or till this 1979 version turns into the accepted and required supply for fixing Crosswords. .
So evidently within the early Nineteen Eighties, the very idea of a quote instantly made some individuals consider crossword puzzles. This evaluation is written by Richard Usborne, PG Wodehouse chronicler, which leads us to our subsequent problem.
After we set ourselves the duty of fixing a number of the clues that the Wodehouse character tried to resolve however failed to resolve (and weren’t answered), the references saved repeating to previous actors: Edmund Kean and Herbert Beerbohm Tree, as on this satisfactory. Wodehouse trace…
Tree will get combined up in a cartoon hat in his victory scene
[wordplay: anagram of TREE and HAT]
[definition: scene of Tree’s triumphs]
… which we expect is for THEATER. However let’s get again to the actor’s identify. Reader, how may you infer TREE?
Many thanks on your tips about TEAL. The crossword prize goes to Ruderiguanas “Fowl begins to check even Alan’s gentleness?” and the Audacity Gong is for the “Frequent Delta and Wetland Migratory” subsequent to the Sheamlas letter financial institution.
Runners-up are Newlaplands’ erudite-sounding “Duck, Daffy, et al” and Albery’s vivid “Toenails ouddly blueish”; the winner is the Wonderland reference “The duck ate Alice’s sandwiches”.
Kludos Montano. Please go away a remark about your entry into the continuing competitors – in addition to your non-print finds and gleanings from broadband magazines.
Two week tip
I particularly loved the believability of the miniature heroes to zero story on this Telegraph tip…
11a Completely confused, the crew misplaced after the lead (6-4)
[wordplay: synonyms for ‘team’ and ‘losing’, after one for ‘leading’]
[SIDE & DOWN, after UP]
[definition: in complete confusion]
… FOR USE. Pleased New Yr!
At alanconnor.com you will discover a group of explainers, interviews and different helpful issues. Alan Connor’s Transport Forecast Puzzle E-book, which is partly however not principally cryptic, is offered to order from the Guardian Bookstore