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I found this quite difficult with some excellent wordplay, misdirections and a good deal of looking up in C

We have one rather obscure figure from mythology and one minor celeb who is well known in the UK for getting something very wrong. Other than that it just requires studied application!


Across
1WEM - MEW reversed; shed=MEW; protuberant part is definition;
3TEMULENCE - (u+met+nce+le)*; U from U(nderperformance); NCE from once - (libid)0; LE from (a)LE(s); & lit for intoxication;
10AVIZANDUMS - A(MUD-NAZI all reversed)S; when=AS; sheriff's pre-judgement considerations;
12CORPORA - C(ORPOR)A; ORPOR from (t)ORPOR; collection of writings;
13KNURRS - S(RR)UNK all reversed;
14DEARN - DEAR-N; my!=DEAR!; old word for secret;
15YCLEEPE - E-C(PEELreversed)Y; Spain=E; old word for style;
17ARGAL - hidden reversed (etn)ARGAL(f); Waggledagger's bungled attempt to say ergo in Hamlet;
19ROUCOU - ROU-COU; Uruguay=ROU; C(r)O(c)U(s); orange colouring;
23EEL-SET - (n)E-(lees)*-T;
24EIGNE - (feeling-fl)*; fluid=fl; first-born;
25DROGUET - D(ROGUE)T; DT from D(istrain)T;
27RECAL - RE-CAL; on=RE; unusal spelling of "recall";
28PROCNE - PRO(C)NE; minor mythological woman - never heard of her!;
30INTWINE - I-(went in)*;
31MESOSCAPHE - ME-SOS-CAP-HE; deep-sea chamber;
32EAGLE-RAYS - (galeys)* surrounds ARE reversed;
33TAD - T(r)AD;
 
Down
1WALKYRIE - WAL-KYRIE; Sierra Leone=WAL; reference Wagner's Ring - the Marmite of classical music;
2MIMULUS - (Muslim+U)*; a plant;
3TZAR - T(Z)AR;
4EAGRE - keen=eager then "promote" R=Republican to give EAGRE;
5UDOMETER - (meteor+du)*; DU from DU(e); reference Michael Fish, infamous weatherman;
6LURDANE - LUR-DANE; old trumpet=LUR; a stupid person;
7EMPERY - E(MP)ERY; see EMPEROR in C for definition;
8CARRAGEENS - CAR-RAGE-ENS; being=ENS; tangle=seaweed=definition;
9EVAN - (th)E-VAN;
11ENCOMIENDA - ENCOMI(END)A; eulogy=ENCOMIA; last=END;
16PUNDONOR - - PUN-DONOR;
18LITTERED - (f)LITTERED:
20OBELISE - OBE-(lies)*;
21USUCAPT - USU-CA(P)T; usually=USU; chap=CAT; acquire is definition;
22KNAWEL - LE(N)AN-K; Kelvin=K (physics); a weed;
26ORACY - O-RACY;
27RINE - (b)RINE; bass=B; old word for "rind"=outside;
29OBAS - O(B)AS; on active service=OAS; B from B(enin); chiefs;

Comments

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keriothe
Jun. 15th, 2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, I found this quite tricky too. I got particularly stuck at the end because I had put in VALKYRIE. Some of this arcane vocabulary is rubbing off on me though because ROUCOU went straight in.
allan_sidcup
Jun. 15th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks Jim, I completely missed the Michael Fish reference.
dorsetjimbo
Jun. 16th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's not the first time he's cropped up so worth remembering. I guess in time he'll appear in the Daily - though I'll likely have found my way to the largest warm front of them all by then!
dorsetjimbo
Jun. 16th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Well done you. I think you know you've arrived (or perhaps have become completely unhinged) when you start to remember the obscure abbreviations - like WAL for Sierra Leone say!!
keriothe
Jun. 16th, 2014 04:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would have saved me a bit of Wagnerian bother...
glheard
Jun. 16th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
I also put VALKYRIE straight in and had to do a little head-scratching at the end. Thanks for the explanation of UDOMETER which went in from wordplay (UDOTEMER didn't look right).
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