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G by Xanthippe

Posted by shirleycurran on 5 Jul 2019

What a long pre-ramble. ‘A scene from popular culture’ – that rang alarm bells for us as, being overseas solvers, we are not generally au fait with the UK’s ‘popular culture’. Keeping up to date with the political shenanigans of B****T and Conservative Party leadership antics is a fairly full-time occupation. We have heard of ‘Corrie’ though, ‘Rapper tours East Indies: he was in Corrie (7)’. There was a DEIRDRE in Coronation Street wasn’t there? We have to look up Dr Dre to confirm that that is a rapper’s name and we have found an extra letter. ‘She’ was in Corrie. She was in the Rovers Return there too on a number of occasions. Does that qualify Xanthippe for renewed membership of the Listener Setters’ Oenophile Mob?

I find ‘Calum succeeded with spirit to spend money (6)’ and decide that we have to remove the U from Calum (giving calm), the M from Mettle and enter SETTLE, so that ‘spirit’ isn’t very alcoholic, but ‘NY diner Angolan enters smelling of ale (7)’ is more hopeful. He’s ‘BEERY’ and we are entering AN (removing the final n of Angolan) so we get a BEANERY, which the Big Red Book tells us is a cheap eating place in the US. Well, I suppose the whiff of ale will have to do. Cheers, Xanthippe!

When I filled in the solution I was sending, I realized what a struggle he must have had to fit that LOUIS XIV CHANDELIER into the grid. It produced a number of archaic and somewhat obscure words, which didn’t help our rather slow solve: ABORE, AVAILE, LAUWINE, CION, TYMBAL, LA TENE, SCROD, BEANERY, LOX, UNDERKEEP, BRIT and SNEE – but we did manage to almost fill our grid and finally decided that BLANKET would give us our two missing clashes ‘Seal ethyl cover (7)’ had to be BLANK + ET.

‘STEPLADDER STEPLADDER’ and ‘BOTTOM’ were a fine red herring but, even if it is almost midsummer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is hardly ‘popular culture’. We also had ASS, NIT, DUN, RED RUM and NAG – a sort of horsey theme but the nit didn’t fit – he’s more of an ass. Light dawned “They are fools and horses!” Wiki gave us enough to identify the theme as ‘A Touch of Glass’ (which, of course, explains that G in the title – nothing to do with the middle of niGht in the bard’s MSND) and the writer as SULLIVAN. We watched the YouTube video and realized that we had to send GRANDAD upstairs and use that BLANKET (or fail to use it!) RODNEY and DEL were on the two sides of the blanket so all should have been well.

TEA helped us to produce GRANDAD where we had G BOLT ABORE and six new words appeared: RAND, ADORE, DEANERY,ACH, NEE and DRAWLED. But we had to find and remove that ‘symmetrical’ LOUIS XIV CHANDELIER then use the letters OIXCHDEIER (SULLIVAN removed) to create ten new words on the bottom row. What had seemed to be rather unnecessary clashes now made sense. Xanthippe needed somewhere to add his X! What a complex and impressive compilation!


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L4559: ‘G’ by Xanthippe

Posted by Encota on 5 Jul 2019

How might one clue the letter G in Wordplay?  A bit of grit, perhaps?  Aha!  A touch of glass – that sounds more like it!

We have seen Trigger’s Broom in thematic crossword-land in recent times, and Only Fools and Horses – written by John Sullivan – appears to be a good source of material, as is shown in this puzzle by Xanthippe from the episode A Touch of Glass.  As successful solvers will already know, it’s the one where Grandad unbolts one Louis XIV chandelier from the floor above, whilst Del Boy and Rodney await below on stepladders, with a blanket outstretched between them, ready to catch this chandelier.  Of course, it’s the other one at the far end of the room that falls.  Available on YouTube, of course (what isn’t?).

As usual I managed to get delayed by some of those short words or abbreviations: pu=pulled up (horse racing), Et.=Ethyl (chemistry), en=nut (printing).  I must find a way to remember some more of those.  All tips welcomed!

Cheers all,

Tim / Encota

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Listener No 4559: G by Xanthippe

Posted by Dave Hennings on 5 Jul 2019

As I saw that we had Xanthippe this week, I knew that a thoroughy enjoyable puzzle was in the offing. Last year, we had the Bond/Fleming Bourne/Ludlum ambiguity, and before that Adam Smith’s connections.

This week, a preamble that went on and on and on, the important aspect being that thematic items were spelt out by letters dropped from the down clues, with letters needing to be added to the across clues to give us two more items from the scene — whichever scene that would be.

Another week may have found me struggling with what these items were, but luckily not here. The across clues revealed one step ladder, followed by another (step ladder that is) — really?! The down clues gave Bottom, nit, ass, dun, Red Rum and nag.

In fact it was the step ladders that revealed the theme for me. It was just one of those weeks when the brain came good. We were dealing with the chandelier episode from Only Fools and Horses, which is what the down clues gave us, three fools and three horses. A bit of research was needed to find that it was a LOUIS XVI CHANDELIER, weaving its way through the grid from one asterisked square to the other.

The clashes could be resolved at first to give RODNEY (columns 1/2) and DEL (columns 11/12) holding a BLANKET (row 9). Choosing the alternative clashes and having GRANDAD remove the bolt in row 1 sent the chandelier crashing to the ground. John SULLIVAN, the writer, had to go under the grid, with the remaining ten letters of the chandelier going into the bottom row, including two 2-letter words, LI and NE.

Great fun, as expected. Thanks, Xanthippe.

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