Crossword roundup: the real-life Darby (and Joan?) | Crosswords

Within the pattern clues beneath, the hyperlinks take you to explainers from our learners’ sequence. The setter’s identify usually hyperlinks to an interview with her or him, in case you are feeling like attending to know these folks higher.

The information in clues

I’d prefer to assume that Tees’ use of “clatter” …

22/10a His clatter was endlessly unbelievable (7,5)
[definition: the whole clue]
[wordplay: anagram (“fantastic”) of almost all of (“endlessly”) HISCLATTERWAS]

… to explain the noises made by lately departed CHARLIE WATTS can be appreciated by the self-deprecating drummer himself. Which jogs my memory: simply as Dave Gorman has turn into a cryptic setter in the course of the pandemic, so has the Manic Avenue Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield began painstakingly compiling music-themed non-cryptics:

I put the solutions crisscrossing one another on the grid till I’d used up each reply, then I redrew the grid and colour-coded the field with oaks and sepia tones, a pale tapioca yellow and charcoal greys, and bam, I used to be there!

When you’d be interested by a chat or a puzzle right here from Mr Bradfield, we are going to attempt to prepare. The day gone by within the Impartial, a few of us may need solved this clue from the setter identified within the Guardian as Vlad

8/30a Delayed restrictions of motion – clown does speak garbage (4,9)
[definition: delayed restrictions of movement]
[wordplay: anagram (“rubbish”) of CLOWNDOESTALK]

… and contemplated the impact of LATE LOCKDOWNS, however not observed the additional pointed remark hidden in unclued rows.

Latter patter

For lovers of mysteries and misdirection, a really helpful look ahead to a pandemic or any time is Stephen Frears’ The Grifters, which options the regulation agency Stark, Coe and Fellows. This paper calls it

A film that had the ability of Greek tragedy whereas remaining true to its pulp fiction roots

… in an obituary of screenwriter Donald Westlake, who used a mind-bogglingly huge variety of noms de guerre, together with Richard Stark, Tucker Coe and varied different … fellows.

As Coe, he additionally stars within the Oxford English Dictionary as their earliest quotation for a time period, clued in her usually succinct model by Nutmeg:

That quotation for ITEM is available in Coe’s 1970 novel A Jade in Aries. So did we begin speaking about “an merchandise” – within the sense of the second of Nutmeg’s definitions – within the late Sixties?

The Concise Oxford dictionary. {Photograph}: Gary Roebuck/Alamy

Effectively, no. I like Oxford’s dictionaries. I tackled college with the concise; I had the compact with the magnifying glass at my facet as I realized cryptics, and my first giant buy with my very own cash was the two-volume shorter. I exploit them for just about every part, however not for locating out when a slangy time period was first used.

For that, we go after all to Inexperienced’s Dictionary of Slang, which takes us to a special novelist (Budd Schulberg) who wrote a special screenplay (On the Waterfront), whose novel with the road “You two are nonetheless an merchandise, aren’t you?” is from manner again in 1941.

Each dictionaries give the identical first quotation for the topic of our subsequent problem, each expressing delicate frustration at not understanding whether or not it goes again additional than a verse titled The Joys of Love By no means Forgot in a 1735 version of The Gentleman’s Journal. Additionally used as cockney slang for “alone”: reader, how would you clue DARBY AND JOAN?

(By the way, the Dictionary of Nationwide Biography tells us that the creator of the verse, Henry Woodfall, “had been apprenticed to the printer John Darby”, however I’m undecided what to do with this data, if something.)

Cluing competitors

Many thanks for your clues for CALLIOPE; the letters proved properly versatile and I’m glad we didn’t go together with Polyhymnia. The audacity award should go to Newlaplandes for making me think about what was being depicted in “Polemical novel renouncing male organ”.

The runners-up are PeterMooreFuller’s devious “LA police set off the mom of all sirens?” and Magumboots’ evocative “Muse quietly after everybody I like is embraced by church”; the winner is Thepoisonedgift’s so-apt-the-muse-will-surely-inspire-others “Title that’s inspiring work?”

Kludos to Reward; please depart entries for this fortnight’s competitors – and your picks from the broadsheet cryptics – beneath.

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Clue of the Fortnight

Who has Bond fever? I do.

1a Apt studying Bond created (10,4)
[definition: the last three words of the clue, or possibly all of them]
[wordplay: anagram (“created”) of APTREADINGBOND]

And, like Maskarade, I even have it for the opposite Bond. Michael. Keep protected.

The Delivery Forecast Puzzle E-book by Alan Connor, which is partly however not predominantly cryptic, will be ordered from the Guardian Bookshop.

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