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Answers to Crosaire No: 14605 - 22 Oct 11, Saturday

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Announcement
It is with mixed feelings that I announce that this will be the final post for the blog. I’ve been picking Derek Crozier’s clues apart and writing about them for almost three years now. There’s a new setter taking over the Crosaire crossword from Monday so, as they say, it’s the end of an era. Tons of Derek’s puzzles are still available in the Irish Times Crossword Club archive, so he will be living on in a way, as people dip into that archive for years to come.

As many of you know, I have been selected as the new setter of the Crosaire puzzle. It’s a tremendous honor for me, and also a very daunting prospect. I've often here people using the phrase “I’m truly humbled”, and it's really only now that I know what that really means. I really do feel humble when I think about trying to fill Derek’s shoes. I have the greatest respect for what Derek achieved with Crosaire, and there is no way that I’d trying to mimic or replace him. What I will do is set a more contemporary puzzle, but with very evident nods to the great man. He set a peculiarly Irish crossword, with some characteristic Crozier flourishes. I will work hard to retain the “Irishness” of Crosaire, and try to resurrect some of Derek’s little gems every now and then.

So, this will be the last post for “The Irish Times Crosaire Blog … unofficially!” We’re going legit from here on out! The Irish Times has asked me write a new blog at irishtimes.com/blogs/thecrosaireblog/. Each post on the new blog will be centered on explanations for the clues in the prior day’s puzzle, modelled on the way this blog is structured. I hope folks will drop by and leave comments and tell us how they fared with that day’s puzzle. I’ll be responding to comments and answering any questions that may arise. The blog is up and running now and available for initial comments, but the first “real” post will appear on Monday.

I’ve been asked about my “name” a lot today. As some of you already know, Bill Butler has been my pen name for my crossword blogs, and my real name is Roy Earle. I’ve “come out of the closet” for this new gig with the Irish Times, although the crossword will now be titled “The Crosaire Crossword by Mac An Iarla”, reflecting my family’s name in Irish. I’m delighted that the Crosaire name is being retained, out of respect for Derek’s work. I’ve had a few emails asking me to explain the derivation of my “Bill” pen name. My Dad, who got me addicted to crosswords, was William Ernest Earle, known by everyone as “Ernie”. I added the “Butler” to give a sort of literary gravitas to the name, and also to secure the WEB moniker which proved to be useful on the Internet in Google searches. Now you know!

Before I get into today’s crossword from Derek, I just want to thank everyone for supporting this blog over the past few years. I only kept it going because of the supportive words from the Crosaire solving community. I must give special thanks to a wonderful group of blog readers who have helped me with the WEB Crosswords every weekend. It was their encouragement and honest feedback that really got me this invitation from the Irish Times. That band of supporters made sure that I knew what it was they wanted out of a crossword that was billed as a Sunday Crosaire of sorts.

Thank you, all.

Bill (Roy!)


And now to today's puzzle ..

I so wanted to clear this one, and worked really hard at it hoping that the Crossword Club clock would stop for me, to signal that everything was correct. But it was not to be. I opted for READ instead of REED, so it was another 1-letter miss for me. I think that’s five 1-letter misses this week, to go alongside one clearance. That’s one for the record books, I reckon. Last to fall was HERE, which took a lot of spooning away at alphabet soup before it finally came to me. I hope ye all did better!

Here are my answers. As always, I welcome comments and explanations. Thanks!

Across
1: I COME FROM EIRE
Derek did indeed …
10: UNDER-GO
Not leave enough (UNDER GO) and = UNDERGO: suffer for it.
11: TO(RON)TO
“To” on one side (TO) of “Ronald” (RON) and “to” on the other side (TO) = TORONTO: Can-ada.
Clue of the Day!
12: INCH
Not even one foot (INCH) into Wexford (INCH).
13: OT-HER
Woman from the Old Testament (OT HER) = OTHER: not the same.
15: AGUE
Pa-in (AGUE) to have “the cheek” (CHEEK) = AGUECHEEK: to appear in Twelfth Night.
Andrew Aguecheek is a character in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”, not one of the Bard’s plays that I’ve seen, though. And "ague" is more like "fever" to me, but I guess there's associated pain in some conditions …
17: SIT
It is (‘TIS) back to front = SIT: not-with-standing.
19: ALL SET
The entire (ALL) collection (SET) with = ALL SET: READY.
21: COME TO
Conscious (COME TO) of having arrived back (COME TO).
22: WITH-OUT
You can make “size” turn into “out-size” WITH the use of the word OUT = WITHOUT.
23: C-I-TIES
Is that “a hundred” (C) I knots (I TIES) for = CITIES: towns.
25: THE CUB
27: TEA
“You”, by the sound of it (U) comes after (T) by the sound of it = TEA.
29: ME-RE
With “myself” (ME) “about” it (RE) = MERE: only a little water.
We've come across a mere mere before, with a mere being a small lake, as in (Lake) Windermere …
30: READY
“A dry E”, an anagram = READY: prepared.
31: REED
Buck, ‘deer’, up (REED) “study” this, ‘read’, sounds like (REED).
I think that’s the intent …
34: DEAR-EST
After making one “read” (DEAR) “set” askew (EST) = DEAREST: my love.
35: GENT-IAN
A nice chap (GENT) Ian (IAN) is = GENTIAN: blooming.
Gentian is a flowering plant …
36: COME INTO SIGHT

Down
2: CODICIL
3: M-IRE
It’s a “m-anger”, perhaps (M-IRE) = MIRE: though muddy.
4: FRO(S)TS
“Forts” (FRO-TS) around “the South” (S) = FROSTS: that chills.
5: OUTLET
The “event” sounds as if (A VENT) = OUTLET: it goes to waste.
6: ERRS
7: RENEG-U-E
The “green” mixture (RENEG) makes “you” (U) and ‘e (E) = RENEGUE: break your word.
“Renegue” is a alternative spelling of the more familiar “renege” …
8: MUSICAL COMEDY
9: COME TO A BAD END
What Sin-bad may have done at last.
14: HIGH TEA
Not the low sort of TEA.
16: SEWER
That stinker (SEWER) is nippy with the needle (SEWER).
18: BOTH-Y
The two of them (BOTH-) is the “start” of the answer = BOTHY: a cottage in Scotland.
“Bothy” is just that, a Scots word for a cottage …
20: ‘TIS
What can make “SIT”, an anagram = ‘TIS: “that is”, in short.
21: CUT
So wounding to do this (CUT) to have “a lass” (LASS) = CUTLASS: of the old sailor.
24: TORN-ADO
With all that “shredded” (TORN) fuss (ADO) = TORNADO: get the wind up.
Very nice …
26: C(HER-IS)H
Not him is (-HER-IS-) is “in” the answer = CHERISH: to take care of me.
27: TE(UT)ON
“Note” (TE-ON) about “you tea” (UT) = TEUTON: the one from Germany.
28: ADAGIO
32: HERE
Such (HERE) lies (LIES) = HERE LIES: are recorded over “late” (on a gravestone).
33: ANTI
“A nit”, an anagram = ANTI: not all for.




Reveal-An-Answer
Need just one answer to get things moving? Here is my solution to today's puzzle, in a hidden format. To reveal any particular answer, highlight the whole line containing the relevant clue number.

Across
1: I COME FROM EIRE
10: UNDER-GO
11: TO(RON)TO
12: INCH
13: OT-HER
15: AGUE
17: SIT
19: ALL SET
21: COME TO
22: WITH-OUT
23: C-I-TIES
25: THE CUB
27: TEA
29: ME-RE
30: READY
31: REED
34: DEAR-EST
35: GENT-IAN
36: COME INTO SIGHT

Down
2: CODICIL
3: M-IRE
4: FRO(S)TS
5: OUTLET
6: ERRS
7: RENEG-U-E
8: MUSICAL COMEDY
9: COME TO A BAD END
14: HIGH TEA
16: SEWER
18: BOTH-Y
20: ‘TIS
21: CUT
24: TORN-ADO
26: C(HER-IS)H
27: TE(UT)ON
28: ADAGIO
32: HERE
33: ANTI

32 comments:

Fiona. said...

Hi Bill!(or should it be Roy ??)

Congratulations on a truly well-deserved appointment! What a surprise to read the great news in this morning's paper.

I'm delighted for you - and for all of us blog followers too, since the transition from Crosaire will be so much easier for us with such a capable and sympathetic crossword- setter at the helm.

I am looking forward to Monday's crossword. The Times have chosen a worthy successor to the late, great Derek Crozier.

Wishing you all the best Bill,
Fiona.

Martine said...

Hi Bill/Roy
Like you I really wanted to finish this one, but like you I missed out. Unlike you, I missed out on two clues.

1a I had I COME FROM HERE which rather nicely gave me HARM for 6d..... unfortunately, otherwise I would have spent more time thinking about it!

My vote for COTD goes to HERE (LIES) - one of those that you're 100% sure you're right when you get it!

I'm looking forward to Monday's offering with some trepidition - I've often found it difficult to get into your mindset with the Sunday crosswords. Hopefully it won't take me too long!

On that note - congrats again on your new gig! What an honour!

Don't forget to check up on the Wagons from time to time! We still have an exciting announcement on the way... just need to sort out a few things before we reveal our mad scheme :D

Best of luck to the rest of the gang on the last offering from Mr Crozier.

Martine

Frank said...

Hi Bill/Roy, Fiona, Martine,

I think myself and Martine were doing the same puzzle, I too had I COME FROM HERE & HARM. I also slipped up on the REED / READ. So I finish Crosaire as I started many years ago....r0ow.

I'd got the tough BOTHY and the unusual spelling of RENEGUE. HERE gets my COTD too.

Again Bill/Roy, congrats on the new appointment and the 2 page spread in the Irish Times magazine.

I can't wait for the new challenge on Monday.

See you all at the new blog.

Frank

Dave Carville said...

Hi Bill,

Just read the news on your appointment. Congrats. I was hoping I might get a crack at it myself!!

Best of luck. Looking forward to the 'Official' blog.

No Better Man!!

Dave

iDIYot said...

Hi Bill/Roy et al,

Congratulations on the post - like Fiona I was surprised and delighted to read this today. You have ended this period of uncertainty and rescued Crosaire for all of us, hopefully for many years to come.

The blog has been a reliable source of education and entertainment for me over the past few years and I hope it continues in some form "officially". I wish you well and look forward to wrestling with your offerings in the future.

As for today, it's the same old story here; missed out on HERE/EIRE and REED/READ. Not what any of us would have chosen for Derek's swansong but proof that he maintained his ability to perplex and frustrate right to the end.

Perhaps we'll all be saying the same about you in 40 years time.

What a cheek! Using a nom-de-plume on the web!

Liam said...

Bill, congratulations & best wishes - it's a tough act to follow but I'm sure you'll do a great job.

Have never posted here before but frequently used your site to check up those elusive answers - many thanks for all the work you put into this.

best wishes

Liam

John D. said...

Hi Bill/Roy

What a great delight it was to read in today's paper that you are to follow on from the Great Derek Crozier, a truly well deserved appointment! I wish you all the very best in 'infuriating' us in your own distinctive style.

Of course I'm also delighted that Catherine and I became avid solvers of the Sunday WEB, I hope all our training will have been put to good use....

Congratulations once again.

John & Catherine

John K said...

Hi Bill/Roy,

Best of luck with your new responsibility (a heavy one!) and thank you for adding to the pleasure of doing Crosaire.

John K said...

Hi Bill/Roy,

Best of luck with your new responsibility (a heavy one!) and thank you for adding to the pleasure of doing Crosaire.

I too went down on HERE/HARM instead of EIRE/ERRS, and made the wrong guess on REED, Mr C catching most of us out today as he often did.

Looking forward to Monday's new test...

John

Gary said...

Never finished a Crosaire as quickly as today. A nice last Crosaire for me! Although I too had 'read' instead of 'reed'. Thus a wonderful era ends. Nice that "i come from eire" is writ across the top of Crozier's last crossword. Looking forward to another great era of crosswords from yourself Roy!
Best wishes,
Gary in Mayo.

Kay said...

Hi, Bill
Doing crosaire for too many years and finished today's with no difficulty. Had to check my spelling of RENEGUE but it had to be right as the letters could not fit in any other way. Really looking forward to trying you out. I will be hoping for exactly the same but will be delighted to stretch the brain on your inventions. Had been dreading a new compiler but the comments on your blog have delighted me.
Welcome to Crosaire and may we have many years of battles ahead.
Kay

Bill Butler said...

Hi there, everyone.

It's great to see so many folks dropping by and leaving comments on these last couple of days of the blog. I really appreciate the sentiment.

@Fiona
It's has been a while, Fiona! great to hear from you. Thanks for the "sympathetic" comment in particular. That's not word used very often to describe me, well, not in the real world!

@Martine
You make a good point about "getting into the mindset" of the person setting a puzzle. I am trying to make the transition to Crosaire by Mac An Iarla as painless as possible for Crosaire solvers, but there's no getting past the fact that my clues are different than Derek's. I'll be posting clue explanations, which I hope will help with the transition. Keep the faith, Martine! Oh, and I can't wait to hear about the "exciting" announcement from the Wanderly Wagons!

@Frank
I'll have to call my mother in a little while. She'll be out though, showing her son's name in the paper :)

@Dave Carville
Apologies for elbowing you aside there, Dave! No hard feelings :) See you at the new blog.

@iDIYot
Thanks for stopping by and leaving the congrats message. The blog's traditional will indeed continue in an official form, although there will be some changes. The main thing will be the clue explanations, and the opportunity for folks to swap comments, which is the main thing, I think. The big difference is that the posts will appear in sync with the solution appearing in the paper, not with the puzzle itself. So the timing off posts will change by 24 hours. And, the nom-de-web is retired now! :)

@Liam
Yes, it is a tough act to follow. As you might imagine, I'm a tad nervous, but will do my best to continue the tradition, without pretending to be the great man. Thanks for stopping by, to leave a comment, Liam.

@John D. (and Catherine)
You guys have been a great, great support for the WEB puzzle, for a long time behind the scenes as well. I am very grateful for the "training". John, please pass on my thinks to Catherine, as truly appreciate all your help over the years.

@John K
Thanks for stopping by an wishing me luck. I hope you find the new puzzles to be a worthy challenge, and can see some of Mr. C in them.

@Gary
Sounds like you did the same puzzle as me, a quick finish but a read/reed mix up. I'll be trying hard to avoid the possibility of read/reed mixes in the new puzzles, I promise!

@Kay
Thanks for stopping by, and the good wishes. Maybe you're a bridge player, like me? When I think of "renege" I think of it more as a bridge term, but that's just because I am biased. And yes, the variant spelling through me off as well. I hope the new compiler isn't worthy of any "dread", Kay! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Bill/Roy.

Congratulations on your new job!I am delighted for you.

Looking forward to Monday's crossword.

Best of luck.
Barbara.

P.S. No wonder my brothers did n't remember you! I shall ask them about Roy Earle when I see them (-:

Anonymous said...

Hi bill/roy
So glad to see you getting the big gig. Couldn't think of a better person for the job. Havent been getting here much lately and am now sorry - it's the end of an era! Huge congrats and good luck - not that you need it.
Megan

Dan said...

Roy, First of all let me join your other faithful followers in wishing you all the best in your new (well deserved) appointment. I ended Derek's term on a high - for r2ow. I was thinking of Here but the only thing I could think of for 6d was 'hurt'. Thankfully, harm never entered my head or I might have gone for it. Eventually the Eire/Errs combination hit me. Wouldn't it be nice to complete Derek's last one and Roy's first. Roll on Monday!

mcdavey said...

Hi Bill/Roy,

Wonderful news on your elevation to official status! I'm sure Crosaire himself is delighted, as you have helped reveal the richness of his puzzles for a bunch of people over the last few years. Certainly it encouraged me to re-engage with them after perhaps a decade of mostly ignoring them, and my solution rate recently seems to have gone from 10% to, well, over 50% anyway.

I debated over REED/READ for a while, not wanting to go down on the last ever Crosaire, opted for REED (trusting the Stag), only to discover I'd somehow written MIRE for MERE! Ah well, lovely puzzle anyway.

Looking forward to Monday and seeing many of the crew there I hope.

Good luck,

Matt

Liz said...

Hi Bill and everybody,

Just couldn't type Roy up there!! I'll start Monday:)

It's great to see such heavy traffic on the blog since the news broke....and all the well-deserved congratulations and good wishes! You have been such a great host, creating a much-appreciated drop-in centre for a very lively and friendly community of Crosaire nerds!

It was late when I got to sit down and savour Mr. C's Crossword No. 14,605 ....I moved quickly through most of it but had to work very hard for my last five entries...MIRE, HERE, REED, EIRE and finally ERRS. All four letter words and I was nearly on ALL FOURS by the time I squared them up! Plenty of good luck helped me get a final TANTARA:) Although I knew MIRE was right, it took what seemed like forever to see the M-IRE from the M-ANGER! Ditto HERE...thinking SUCH LIES referred to a four-letter synonym for LIES, which could be placed before LATE to make an eight-letter word with something to do with ARE RECORDED...so much over-thinking the situation until I had an 'aha' moment!!

REED/READ was a real fifty-fifty job....very loose and I just decided that the strongest part of the clue was the backward buck so I went with him! Spotted EIRE earlier on but didn't put it in because I couldn't figure 6d starting with E. So this was DEREK's LAST STAND...finally deduced from the clue that the solution should be a verb in 3rd person singular and then NO RIGHT/ERRS popped! Mr. C. really challenged me to the very end:)

Thank you Mr. Crozier...and thank you to all the people who have posted over the years since I found Bill's blog....it really has been a pleasure.

...and to you Bill, adieu! I'm off to practice typing 'Roy'!! Thanks for everything you have done so far and I'm looking forward to the new generation Crosaire.

That 24 hour change in posting solutions will take a little getting used to but I'm sure we'll all settle in to a new routine of puzzling!

Best best wishes

Liz

Liz said...

Hi Matt,

Only spotted your comment AFTER posting mine....we REED the same logic for that backward BUCK...but sorry to see you had a MERE moment:(

Liz

Bill Butler said...

@Barbara
Great to hear from you again. I am not sure your brothers will remember me from Sandymount, but I sure remember them :) Thanks for stopping by, and say "hi" for me!

@Megan
Thanks for the wishes. Great to see you back here for a last hurrah. Be sure to drop by the new blog, won't you? I don't want to be lonely over there!

@Dan
Thanks for stopping by to say "hi". Exciting time for me, as you can imagine. A bit nervous too! Glad to hear you cleared today's puzzle, and yes, you have no idea how much I want to hear that folks clear Monday's too!

@Matt/McDavey
Thanks! I think you're spot on about practice makes perfect when it comes to puzzle, as you've found with Crosaire after reengaging. I'm praying folks give the new Crosaire some time to get used to it. I'm no Derek Crozier, although I do try to give a nod in his direction.

@Liz
You can call me whatever you want :) Thanks for the kind words. Glad you were able to clear today's puzzle. And it's very nice to extend thanks to Derek. We certainly owe the man a lot of gratitude for the hours and hours of entertainment, those little breaks from the stress of life. It's a shame that we have the 24-hour rule to deal with in terms of posting clue explanations, but I hope it doesn't put folks off from coming to check the blog and tell us how they did. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Liz.

Pol Mac Aodhagain said...

I finished my beloved (final) Crosaire yesterday with some sadness. Crosaire has been part of my life for more than two decades, having been introduced to it by my late father. I mournd the sad passing of Mr. Crozier, but this weekend's puzzle marks the end of an era.
I am, however, delighted that the baton has been passed on to a safe pair of hands and I look forward to a new beginning.
I wish you the very best in your new appointment Bill and I look forward to passing my (and my Dad's) love of The Irish Times Crossword to my ten year old son; who will soon be graduating from the Simplex.
Here's to many long years of cruciverbalism.
Paul, Roscommon.

Rioch said...

Hi Bill,

Just finished the last Crosaire in a fitting manner - stymied by one! I jumped the right way with REED though I reckon it could have done with a 'soundly' hint, and I avoided the temptation to fill in 'come from HERE' until ERRS put me on the right track.

The fence I fell at was RENEGEE which in fairness was filled in coming up to midnight last night.

Bill, pass my congrats to Roy on the new gig even if it will leave a lacuna in my Sunday evenings, I may have to start paying attention to the X-factor in the absence of an X-word. The WEB will be missed!

Rioch

Anonymous said...

After 25 or so years enjoying them, I finished the final Crozier Crosaire with mixed feelings - although I missed ERRS having plumped for I COME FROM HERE, I was happy to leave the man with a final win :-)

Congrats Roy, I look forward to trying the new Crosaire.

David

Donal said...

Hi Bill I was away for the weekend so I'm only posting now - hope I'm not too late. Halfway through your new IT Crosaire!! Congratulations on your new post and I look forward to continuing reading your official blog!

Mel said...

Hi Bill

Great news! You have kept Crosaire alive for us and he is in safe hands.
By the way, I sometimes wondered whether WEB was just a fortunate coincidence or whether Ernest was pointing us towards Wilde. Wrong again!
I'm sorry to say goodbye to Bill but look forward to meeting Roy.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mac An Iarla,

A computer glitch prevented my posting a comment on Saturday night, but I would like to echo all the good wishes.

I'm delighted that the Crosaire is in such safe hands.

I have never attempted your Sunday crossword, so I'm not familiar with your style. However, I set myself the task of completing Crosaire no.14,606 by Mac An Iarla.

Having just completed same, I found it to be very fair, but challenging. Hugely relieved!

Best wishes,
Philip O'C.

Mick H said...

Woooohooooo, Delighted Bill, was amazed and absolutely delighted to here you were going to be taking over as the new Crosaire compiler. What an honour, and to my mind .. what a perfect fit.
Best of luck, I am right now looking forward to attempting the first Crosaire fo the new era.

sg said...

id like to echo all the comments. I've enjoyed this blog greatly and it has been great help to me.good luck in the new job.
Shane d6w

Kate said...

Hi Bill! I am so pleased to hear your exciting news! I have just come back from a month away and decided to do today's crossword... it was only after first glance when I didn't QUITE recognize the style that I looked up and saw that there was a new compiler. So I logged onto this blog to get the low-down, and I that's when I got the lovely surprise about the identity of Mac An Iarla!! (Oh, and I completed the crossword! I really like your style)
Congratulations, and I look forward to attempting lots of your puzzles.

With best wishes for lots of inspiration, with Mr. Crozier's voice in your ear,
Kate

Joe K said...

Bill / Roy. Thanks for all your help here and the best of luck with the new Times crossword.


Joe

Colm McGuire said...

Bill / Roy

Congratulations on the new post and you're reaching this esteemed office. I'm delighted for you.

(Please excuse the late notice as I've been off air for a while).

Regards

Colm McGuire

Colm McGuire said...

Bill / Roy

I've been off the radar for almost two months and am just reading about this. Congratulations and the very best to you on this news. Delighted to hear about it.

Regards

Colm

Anonymous said...

What's the deal with the new "Crossheir" guy?? I much preferred Mac an Iarla. I'm stressed out about this change. Someone please help.