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‘Classic FM Track’ by Aelfre

Posted by Encota on 30 December 2016

‘A Night at the Opera’ – and other Queen albums (and, by chance, the re-runs of the brilliant Marx Brothers’ film) – were part of my formative years, so this puzzle proved very gentle.  For me at least, a solve without investiGoogling is a relative rarity!

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Possible festive conclusion: “Ha ha ha ha ha! You can’t fool me! There ain’t no Sanity Clause!”

The band of course was Queen, the Freddie Mercury (FM) -penned track was Bohemian Rhapsody  (noting the Title said Track not Album) and the label EMI (though see discussion in PostScript below!).

There was though a surprising mix of clue and definition level of difficulty.  Everything from:

         Cheese produced around here (4)   MADE< , i.e. EDAM …

…through to one definition being:

         Undeclinable noun …(6)

…one of those ones you either know or (in my case) the Big Red Book helps you with – i.e. APTOTE…

…and the one that I suspect may catch at least one person out:

         Ancient gutbucket, say, wanting joint with dope (4)

…with JASS as an obsolete version of JAZZ (of which ‘gutbucket’ is a form)
and formed as J ASS..  If someone is desperate I’m guessing they might ‘stoop’ to a TASS in error, perhaps?  Or maybe it was only me who thought of that at first look.

I loved how (at least) two Clues were designed to have the Definition at neither the beginning nor the end – a real rarity!  They are in the form <Wordplay1><Definition><Wordplay2>:

         Nigella nearly stewed in Ayrshire bucket on ravine (6)

with the Scottish milk-pail arrived at by NIGELL* first and the charade LEG LIN second.

Another is:

 That is in dropping of savage (4)

with the dropping reached via the abbreviated charade SC. (that is) and AT (in), and also by the deletion SCAT(he) (v.t.)

Another nice touch was the ‘initial’ mention of Freddie Mercury himself in the title as FM – sweet!

Great puzzle Aelfre – many thanks!

And finally, given the Title, the idea of <Wordplay1><Definition><Wordplay2> clues, and returning to a theme of previous weeks, how about a very dodgy Bohemian Rhapsody-based clue:

      Found Title of this nobody and his map in Masquerade (also bizarrely means hydrophobia) (4)
Happy New Year to All.
Tim / Encota
P.S.
Heard from Stage Left:
  “Silence in Court!!!”
Updated argument 1 (the case for EMI!):
– the two scratches highlight the characters EMI, twice;
– being scratched out twice does refer to the fact that Queen’s label has changed twice over the years from EMI, thru Elektra to Hollywood’s (i.e. Hollywood Records);
– the (semi-)redundant words or phrases in the clues that spell out NOW (8radial) PART OF (15radial) HOLLYWOOD’S (41arc) – reassure you that the setter knows the Label required in the answer, though EMI, has changed;
– (NOW) PART OF HOLLYWOOD’S MOORE also (doubly) refers to the fact that the answer, EMI, also appears in the answer to 41arc, i.e DEMI;
– the Title refers to Classic FM (Freddie Mercury) Track, hence we are talking about the original label and not a more recent incarnation, hence it is EMI
– and the size of the final box offered for adding the Label could easily have been made larger but wasn’t, hence it is EMI
So the answer is EMI.
Updated argument 2 (the case for Hollywood, or Hollywood’s!):
– the two scratches highlight the characters EMI, twice;
– being scratched out twice does refer to the fact that Queen’s label has changed twice over the years from EMI, thru Elektra to Hollywood’s (i.e. Hollywood Records) (since there was a third one in 41arc that could have been ’scratched’ too but was not, so two scratches is important);
– the (semi-)redundant words or phrases in the clues that spell out NOW (8radial) PART OF (15radial) HOLLYWOOD’S (41arc) – let you know you are on the right track when you are doubting EMI as the answer – and in fact it blatantly confirms that the answer you are looking for is HOLLYWOOD (records).
– the puzzle date …plus the Preamble reminds you that you are in the present day (the latter by referring to the 2016 version of Chambers)  – so you are being nudged towards giving a present-day answer.
– and the size of the final box offered for adding the Label would have given away that the answer wasn’t EMI if it had been made much larger, hence, in the tricky world of The Listener crossword, it must be HOLLYWOOD.
So the answer is Hollywood.
“I rest my case(s) for both the Prosecution AND the Defence, and await judgement” 🙂
BTW, I found Argument 1 the slightly more convincing – and went with that one!  What have I missed?
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