Wednesday 22 September 2010

27 Across

When I was a drama student some carpet was replaced in the flat I rented and underneath the old stuff we found lots of old newspaper that had been used as underlay. For the most part this was tabloid pages from the 1980's but in amongst the lurid headlines and lady bumps were a couple of complete pages from The Daily Telegraph dated March 12th 1928. Amazingly preserved and here for your edification today is the daily crossword. Who fancies a go? (click to enlarge)


Anonymous,  22 September 2010 at 20:31  

If we solve the puzzle, can we send it in to The Daily Telegraph to see whether we've won the prize?

9-Across (Gurkha knife) = KUKRI ?
40-Across (Thrice-published notice) = BANNS ?

I love that the puzzle appears to be hand-drawn rather than typeset.

I've never done a British crossword before. How do the "(anag.)" clues work? Is the correct response an anagram of the clue itself? Is 44-Across DRAMATIST? If so, then 40-Down in not BUMP after all.

William Rycroft 23 September 2010 at 12:36  

Sorry for absence, just back from a quick city break. I'd love to send this off to the Daily Telegraph and just pretend the post had been a little slow.

Yes, anonymous, the anagram clues will provide the answer from rearranging the letters.

Come on people, four down - quite a lot to go...

John Self 23 September 2010 at 12:37  

Yes Anon, 'anag' is just an anagram of the clue. That means that 40 down ("Protruberance") is probably BOSS not BUMP. (if it has to begin with a B, that is; I haven't worked out the others)

Anonymous,  23 September 2010 at 17:51  

This is as far as I've gotten. I'd be more than happy to see a more correct solution to at least one spot where I have a feeling I'm "way off."

2. dromedary
9. kukri
10. opine
11. escalator
12. Perak
14. ketch
17. read
18. robot
20. sake
22. win
24. chisel
26. helper
27. circuit
28. pallid
29. actual
32. chew
30. miss
36. miss
38. easel
40. banns
41. indicator
42. spare
43. satin
44. dramatist

1. rupee
2. dread
3. risk
4. meadow
5. dragon
6. rook
7. Ypres
8. snack
12. precipice
13. Ramillies
15. tarpaulin
16. heartless
19. biscuit
21. Cecil
23. vetch
25. lid
33. harpy
34. weird
36. Marat
37. snail
39. LNER
40. boss

William Rycroft 27 September 2010 at 12:58  

Blimey dpv, very impressive response, thanks for being so thorough. Anyone got any contacts at the Telegraph?!

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