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One Good Turn by Paddock

Posted by shirleycurran on 18 Jan 2019

Paddock, indeed. We have met him other once before and, of course, Shakespeare tells us that Paddock is a toad. What do  I see at 6ac? ‘Toads hump it about (6)’ A tough clue, that, and perhaps mildly scurrilous? PIP we select for that ‘hump’ and we invert SA to give PIPAS which the Big Red Book tells me are S American toads – so are we solving the last crossword of the year on the subject of bufo bufo?

The relatively brief preamble has suggested to us that there are going to be a couple of adjustments of our grid using those six words produced by the relatively gentle Group A and Group B clues (ASAR, DROLLED, PEAT, TONAL, PROVIDE, PERSE).

Of course Paddock has renewed his membership of the Listener setters’ oenophile elite. We have ‘Elizabethan piece sorry after spilling wine (4)’ I opt for PENITENT, spilling or losing the TENT. Then we find, ‘Eg Darby and Joan clubs shunning refrigerated Aussie lagers (6)’ Those must be (C)OLDIES, and (if we ignore the E(S)AU Vichy water, ‘Texan’s second person present rising to acclaim endless source of liquor (6) gives us YOU-ALL. Cheers, Paddock!

We were solving this crossword with pencil and paper with two demanding grandchildren in the child seats as we drove to the Golden Gate Bridge (their parents involved in a house move) so I struggled to complete the top left hand side of the grid (TWIBILL, GALLINULE, AMENE?) but then saw that we had NIOBE in the centre of the grid, and that by changing the three entries spelling her name (using PEAT, DROLLED and ASAR) we produced ATLAS (all, of course skilfully maintaining real words). Now what did Niobe and ATLAS have in common? I remember Shakespeare’s ‘Like Niobe, all tears’ referring to the stone that Leto turned her into as a punishment for her hubris. Wiki tells me ‘In another story of Roman mythology Atlas refused to offer Perseus, son of Zeus, hospitality because he was told a prophecy that a son of Zeus would some day steal his daughters golden apples. Insulted, Perseus showed him the severed head of Medusa, which had the power to turn all who looked into stone. So we put a transformation to STONE in the centre of the grid.

So there we have it. PERSE replaces HARSH and gives us PERSEUS, that we must highlight, and TONAL replaces those PIPAS producing LATONA (another name for LETO). It was OVID who told us about these evil events in Greek mythology so he must be the third name we have to highlight. Aah! BROMIDE becomes PROVIDE. How very neat and what a pleasure to solve a crossword with no clue gimmicks and where all the transformations produced real words. Thank you, Paddock.

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L4535: ‘One Good Turn’ by Paddock

Posted by Encota on 18 Jan 2019

Fill out the grid.  Carry out the Title as an instruction.  2018 sorted.  Simples 😉

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Tim / Encota

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Listener No 4535: One Good Turn by Paddock

Posted by Dave Hennings on 18 Jan 2019

Here we had the last Listener of the year, so no silly mistakes from those few of you who are so far all correct. This was Paddock’s second Listener, the first being Battleships from two years ago.

A lot was going on here, with Group A and Group B clues providing answers that needed to replace entries already in the grid to reveal lots of characters, some causing an incident, and a chronicler.

I started rather bizarrely with the Group clues. Bizarre, since there was nothing to do with them until the grid was filled! The A clues were nice and straightforward, the B clues less so.

The normal Acrosses and Downs were on the tricky side with some good definitions and/or wordplay(s?). The strangest definition for me was 15ac BROMIDE meaning ‘commonplace’.

The trickiest clue (for me) was 30dn, Texan’s second person present rising to acclaim endless source of liquor (6) — YO (present) + LAU(d)< + L(iquor). The one that caused raised eyebrows (and a smile) was 11dn, Ask what audience might expect to follow Haydn? (4) — sounds like Hide ‘n’ Seek. My favourite was probably 17dn Starter with crusts of toast dumped over thick soups (6) — (SETTER-UP – T(oas)T)<.

Back to the Group clues, and it didn’t take long to see where the A ones needed to go… across the middle, with NIOBE becoming ATLAS. A bit of reading confirmed that, at the behest of LATONA (revealed in row 1), Niobe’s children were killed and Niobe returned home and turned to stone. ATLAS, on the other hand, was turned into a vast mountain range by PERSEUS (finally cropping up in row 13). All these stories are courtesy of OVID in Metamorphoses.

Thanks, Paddock, good fun.

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