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A first crossword, I think, from Vlad for one of the phrases that has entered common consciousness over the past 17 months:
8d Sound like a witty comment, “Following sleeping women?” (4,5,6)
[ wordplay: synonym for ‘following’ + anagram of LADIESSLEEP ]
It’s a rare double pun reference to Chris Whitty’s NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. At the Telegraph, until recently, I would have dissected this clue differently:
8a Round fired by each gun in the wood – howl heard, exposing game (5,10)
[ wordplay: synonym for ‘round fired by every gun’ inside (‘in’) synonyms for soundalikes of (‘heard’) a wood and a screech ][ VOLLEY inside soundalikes of BEECH and BAWL ][ definition: exposing game ]
I would have assumed the ferryman – who I take to be the great Allan Scott – used “expose” as a link between the two routes to BEACH VOLLEYBALL, but given the recent lack of rigor in clothing for female athletes, I suspect this is better within the definition.
If you solve puzzles the American way, you would expect to encounter a certain Great Lake and a certain word for nest at least once a week each. They are less common in UK crossword puzzles, which do not require each square to be part of a cross entry and a down entry: but here they are both in a Pasquale hint in the joke. , the “puzzle for beginners and those in a hurry”:
9a Nests, seen from across one of the Great Lakes (6)
[ wordplay: AS (‘as’), containing (‘seen across’) name of a Great Lake ][ AS containing ERIE ]
The plural, therefore, of AERIE. Or, as it is also written, EYRIE. Or, AERY. And you are spoiled for choice when it comes to pronunciation.
Continuing the question of how he used be pronounced, lexicographers spent days in dead ends. You could look for clues in Samuel Johnson’s perspective:
The problem here is that it’s not clear how to pronounce “uh, an egg ”, especially since“ ey ”is not an egg and the word EYRIE does not come from a word for egg. Dr Johnson seems to have both made this up and forgotten that he had previously given AERIE the name “[aire, Fr]Which is also suspect. Sorry, Samuel: no disrespect.
We are left with this rare bird: a word for which the OED gives three accepted pronunciations, rhyming with “weary”, “nervous” and “suspicious”. It’s fun to visit and click on it in turn if you have nothing better to do. Does anyone know any normal words with four pronunciations accepted?
In the meantime, the topic of our next challenge has three as well. Again, if you get lost you can have fun by combining any of the the first two at Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries with “house” or “rock”, or by trying to popularize a fourth pronunciation: the third version but with the accent on the second syllable. Reader, how about GARAGE?
The crossword puzzle Emu also does radio. the final series of John Finnemore souvenir program is different from the others in many ways: apart from the lack of an audience, it’s more like a single three-hour family saga told in fragments that your mind reassembles later.
I must have done too many puzzles without a crossword, because I realized that between episodes, the back of my mind was trying to “solve” this – but it’s a very human story, not a mystery with a solution . At least I think it is.
Anyway, reader GappyTooth suggests how rewarding it would be to listen to the uplifting 60th anniversary speech the apparently aphasic Jerry gives in episode six and try to understand what he intended to say, starting with “Easy, ladybug, here we are”. Like everything else in the series, the scene has a different meaning once you hear the other episodes.
Thank you very much for your hints for BACKSTROKE. The price of daring goes to Croquem for “Going Swimmingly (OK)? and i enjoyed the discussion after the bald “Ekorts” of Nestingmachine.
Incidentally, there was a discussion earlier about a completely different clue. At the start of Ladies’ Month in the weekend newspaper i, the editor asked Chalicea for her favorite clue; it was “Where did the camping gear transported to faraway places?” (3,3,6,5) ”. Now that the Ladies’ Month is over, it has been confirmed that it breaks down as follows …
… And I can only assume that this airline is the BEA in question!
Back to Business: The finalists are PeterMooreFuller’s intriguing ‘backyard pet to swim with his nose in the air’ and the all too plausible ‘obsolete stunt performed as part of a medley’; the winner is the sneaky “Champion shot in pool competition” from Rakali.
Kludos in Rakali; please leave entries for this fortnight’s competition – and your choices from the large format crypts – below. And the last in our Healing Music collaborative playlist recorded in 2020-21 to accompany a resolution or even a listening is from Deco.
“I think nothing will beat Phi‘s 4/5 in the i’ s Five Clue Cryptic, ”says Schroduck. And There you go :
Exceptionally, I will not give the answer because it is so much more satisfying when you see it for yourself.
Alan Connor’s The Shipping Forecast Puzzle Book, which is partly but not primarily cryptic, can be ordered from the Guardian Bookstore.