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Listener 4253: All Change by Dilwitch

Posted by Dave Hennings on 23 August 2013

Following on from the previous week’s puzzle from Lavatch, it had me wondering whether Dilwich was a joint effort between Piccadilly, Wiglaf and Lavatch! Unlikely I suppose, so here we had Dilwitch’s second solo effort. It involved lots of money changing hands, and I suspected that Mrs B’s entry for coin, with a bit of help from money, might prove helpful.

Listener 42531ac was a good start, being an anagram of ‘ten cars meet’. However, having played around with words ending -MENTS, I needed Mrs B to provide METACENTRES, enetered as METAMILRES. 5dn and 6dn came next with IGNOBLE (although I couldn’t see what part of ‘quintessentailly’ might provide the replacement) and RISEN, with the more obvious OBANG hidden in ‘swingboat’. 12ac RASURES/REUROURES soon enabled me to see that 5dn was entered as IGUNITE. I felt that an easy week lay ahead. As usual I was wrong!

The clues themselves were fine, with very good surface readings. I wasn’t initially happy with 8dn [Typecast] founder of triune? (6;5) being UNITER. I felt that ‘of’ as an anagram indicator was a bit weak, although Chambers gives one definition as ‘made from’, so it’s probably just something I’ll have to live with in future. Dilwitch did invoke some interesting manipulative techniques though. I liked 15ac Liner [waiting] in Solent before noon (6;4) where INSOLE was just the letters of ‘in Solent’ before the second n. Even more tricky was 29ac Gin and rum are liquor—ID’s required, or [query] expressed (7;3) where LIQUIDS was LIQUOR + ID – OR, with expressed = forced out.

Sometimes it was the replacement that I spotted first, such as SEQUIN in ‘inquests’ and TENNER in ‘internet’. However, the lack of effective cross-checking for the answer (as opposed to entry) soon squashed my initial optimism, and progress was slow…very slow.

Listener 4253 My EntryI must say that I found it a bit of a slog towards the end but I eventually finished. I think it took me in excess of 5 hours. However, I dreaded to think how long it must have taken Dilwitch to devise the grid for this puzzle. Having every entry with a currency replacing one from the same country must have been a nightmare.

As I popped my submission envelope in the postbox, I prayed that Dilwitch wasn’t hard at work on a crossword of weights and measures.


For those who want a complete breakdown of the currencies, with places of origin, in this puzzle, here you are. Verification is from Chambers with the exception of POUND/DINAR at 3dn which required a lot of help from Google to track down Sudan and Libya.

Across

Clue Answer’s
currency
from Entry’s
currency
from
1 CENT Europe MIL Cyprus
10 PISTOLET Spain PESO Spain
11 PIE India PICE India
12 AS Italy (Rome) EURO Europe
13 FIN USA RED North America
14 QUID £ BOB £
15 INTI Peru SOL Peru
18 BUCK North America TENNER $
20 WING £ ANGEL UK
25 AFGHANI Afghanistan PUL Afghanistan
26 POUND £ RIAL (=ryal) £
27 SKILLING Scandinavia ORE Scandinavia
28 URE UK WINN £
29 QUID £ URE UK
30 BAN Romania-Moldova LEY Romania-Moldova
31 MANAT Turkmenistan TENGE Turkmenistan

 

Down

Clue Answer’s
currency
from Entry’s
currency
from
2 PICE India PIE India
3 POUND Sudan/Libya DINAR Sudan/Libya
4 CENT (see Rand) South Africa RAND South Africa
5 NOBLE £ UNITE £
6 SEN Asia OBANG Japan
7 CENT Europe ECU Europe
8 UNITE £ SCEAT UK
9 AS Italy (Rome) SEQUIN Italy
10 SEN (see Riel) Cambodia RIEL Cambodia
16 BAR £ TESTON £
17 AS Italy (Rome) JANE Italy (Genoa)
19 AT Laos KIP Laos
21 URE UK WIN £
22 TALA Samoa SENE Samoa
23 ASPER Turkey PARA Turkey
24 CENT USA FIN USA

 

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