Monday, February 4, 2013

1 1 1 (Solution No. 3,270)

I'm one of the few people who can explain the two-line pass, the LBW law (cricket: leg before wicket),  the concept of "right of way" in fencing (I made my debut as an fencing referee Thursday night, not that I plan to do more except in very informal circumstances), and the ordinal system in figure skating, but there was no difficulty in figuring out the results of the adult pre-bronze event at Keystone State Games this weekend: congratulations to The Other Doctor Mitchell, who made her salchow and did her best competitive skate ever to outdo a couple of younger skaters and win gold.

Working out all the answers to this week's The Nation cryptic was a pretty rewarding experience too.  Well worth the extra time to parse out the indicators as well as the wordplay. The answers are below the fold.





Themework: 1a 13a 23a form a three word phrase made up of three anagrams

Difficulty (by standards of this weekly puzzle): easy after you get the theme answer

Legend: "*" anagram; "~" sounds like; "<" letters reversed; "( )" letters inserted; "_" or lower case: letters deleted; "†" explicit in the clue, “^” first or last letter or letters, “{“ relocated letter or letters

Across
1a 13a 23a
DISCOUNTER
INTRODUCES
REDUCTIONS
“Redistributing assets each time” indicates that the same letters are to be used for all parts of the answer.
6a
N | ARC
throw^N^ (last letter indicated by “finally”) + ARC (“a curve”)
9a
A(B)IDE
AIDE (“assistant”) containing (“protecting”) ^B^rown (first letter indicated by “head”)
10a
W | <ATERG< | ATE
W (“with”) + <GRETA< (“Garbo”, reversal indicated by “making a comeback”) + ATE (“devoured”)
12a
*THUS
*SHUT (anagram indicated by “out”)
13a
see 1a

15a
MASS | *MEDIA
MASS (“Sunday event”) + *AIMED (anagram indicated by “deviously”)
17a
~RIME
~RHYME (reference to Robert Frost, poet)
19a
*NADIR
*DRAIN (anagram indicated by “busted”)
21a
LAND | S | CAPE
LAND (“alight”) + S CAPE (“two elements of Superman’s outfit”: the big S and the cape)
23a
see 1a

25a
~FIJI
~FEE (“expense”) + ~GEE (“golly!”)
27a
*MELODR | AMA
*REMOLD (anagram indicated by “dramatically”) + AMA (“doctor’s organization”)
28a
IN | D(I)E
Fugaz^I^ (last letter indicated by “at last”) contained in (“breaks into”) IN (“Indiana”) + DE (“Delaware”)
29a
N | ADA
unprove^N^ (last letter indicated by “ultimately”) + A (†) + DA (“prosecutor”)
30a
FAT | HOM_LESS
FAT (“obese”) + HOM_e_LESS (“vagabond,” omission of E indicated by “loses energy”)

Down
1d
DRAFTSMAN
Pun.
This one had me thrown for a while: I was looking for the name of an artist.
2d
<SLIPUP< | S
<PUPILS< (“students”, reversal indicated by “climbing”) + ^S^chool (first letter indicated by “principal”)
Good clue. 
3d
_OBEY_
pr_OBE Y_ou (hidden word indicated by “internally”)
4d
NO WIN
NOW IN (heteronym: see http://www.thenation.com/blog/169422/hetero)
5d
*ENTERTAIN
*TREAT NINE (anagram indicated by “nuts”)
7d
*A(NARC)HY
*HAY (anagram indicated by “tossed”) containing (“around”) NARC (cross-reference to 6a)
Some British constructors make extensive use of these cross references or use a cross-reference as the hint to a clue.
8d
~CHEWS
~CHOOSE (homonym indicated by “it’s said”)
11d
*RED CRO | SS
*RECORD (anagram indicated by “broken”) + SS (“social security)
14d
<EMBRACED<
<DE-CARB ME< (pun, reversal indicated by “retroactive”)
16d
*DALAI LAMA
**A MILD (letter bank indicated by “draw as needed”)
Second letter bank in a few weeks, maybe time for a new symbol?
18d
*EYELINERS
*SERENELY I (anagram indicated by “mixed”)
20d
DID | D | LED
DID (“accomplished”) + ^D^og (first letter indicated by “face”) + LED (“moved to the front”)
This was baffling if you’d never heard of a dogface (a GI or soldier), and misdirecting if you had.
22d
<A | RIA | DNE<
<END (“finish”) + AIR (“broadcast”) + A (†)<, reversal of the whole thing indicated by “rising”
23d
*ROMAN
*OR MAN (anagram indicated by “in translation”)
24d
_NEATH_
underli_NE A TH_eoretical (hidden word indicated by “connection”)
26d
FIR | M
FIR (“wood”) + ^M^arble (first letter indicated by “top”)


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