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TLS 836 (11 June)

Solving time: 30:00

I used the whole 30 minutes for this puzzle because there were a number of answers I wasn't completely sure about, but in the end all my first guesses turned out to be correct. At the moment, I'm finding the even-numbered puzzles significantly easier than the odd-numbered ones. (Touch wood!)

Across
1TUNIC - I in Tunc, Lawrence Durrell's novel of 1968 (this took me far longer than it should have done, mainly because I didn't think of "I" as equivalent to "me" ( though I suppose that may be normal for the TLS crossword) but also because (remembering my schoolboy Latin) I naturally translate tunc as "then" contrasted with nunc meaning "now" - though it can also mean "then" = "next")
4CHARLOTTE - E. B. White wrote Charlotte's Web (1952)
9ANDROMEDA - and + Rome + da; Charles Kingsley wrote Andromeda, and Other Poems (1858)
10TREND - t + rend (I don't know whether it's "rend" (= "tear apart") or "trend" (= "tendency") that's supposed to be "literary", but I'm not sure that the word really applies to either)
11EARWIG - a citation from the OED
12ETHEREGE - E + there + eg (reversed); Sir George Etherege (c1635-92)
14IN MEMORIAM - (Main memoir)*; In Memoriam A.H.H. (often shortened to In Memoriam) is Tennyson's poem written in memory of his friend Arthur Henry Hallam who had died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage in 1833
16HOUR - Harriet Martineau wrote The Hour and the Man (1840)
19SARA - Sara Monday is one of the principal characters in Joyce Cary's First Trilogy: Herself Surprised (1941), To be a Pilgrim (1942) and The Horse's Mouth (1944)
20THE DRESSER - Sir Ronald Harwood's play of 1980 draws on his experiences as Sir Donald Wolfit's dresser from 1953-8 (the day after this clue appeared, the Queen's birthday honours included the award of a knighthood to Ronald Harwood)
22PROCLAIM - another citation from the OED
23BRUTAL - (I haven't been able to verify this beyond one scrap thrown up by Google; however, it sounds entirely believable)
26DROWN - Dr + own; Ross Macdonald wrote The Drowning Pool (1950) (I believe the author is normally spelled with a lower-case "d"; there is a Ross MacDonald with an upper-case "D", but he's a Canadian Olympic sailor)
27HAMMURABI - Hamm (the protagonist of Samuel Beckett's Endgame (1957) + URABI (hidden in angostURA BItters); Hammurabi ruled Babylon from 1792-50 BC (I pondered over URABI for a few seconds, trying to think what on earth it had to do with Angostura bitters, before light dawned; I don't recall coming across this sort of wordplay before - it can hardly be said to have been done for the sake of the surface reading!)
28APOCRYPHA - questionable works in general, but particularly the questionable books of the Bible (containing some of the best bits, like Judith slaying Holofernes - as portrayed by Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi and many others :-)
29TYPEE - type + E; Herman Melville wrote Typee (1846)
 
Down
1TRAGEDIES - (dire stage)*
2NADIR - Dark Nadir (1999) is book 5 of Lisanne Norman's Sholan Alliance series, in which book 4 is Razor's Edge (1997) (Razor's Edge is clearly a popular title for a novel, since it has also been used by Somerset Maugham (1944), Ivan Yefremov (1963), and Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice (2002))
3CHORIAMB - a straightforward definition with only the vaguest hint by way of wordplay
4CREW - a quote from Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (the "old tar" of the clue):
The helmsman steered, the ship moved on;
Yet never a breeze up-blew;
The mariners all 'gan work the ropes,
Where they were wont to do;
They raised their limbs like lifeless tools -
We were a ghastly crew.

The body of my brother's son
Stood by me, knee to knee:
The body and I pulled at one rope,
But he said nought to me.
(the ghastliness arising from the fact that all the crew are dead except the ancient mariner himself)
5AVANT-GARDE - (a VAT danger)*
6LUTHER - John Osborne (the archetypal angry young man) wrote the play Luther (1961) exploring aspects of the life of Martin Luther
7THE HEROES - Charles Kingsley wrote The Heroes (1856) (I wonder whether children still read this book nowadays - it was my first encounter with Greek mythology)
8EDDIE - Eddie and May are the two lovers in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love (1983)
13ARCHBISHOP - Willa Cather wrote Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927)
15MARCO POLO - mar + co + polo; the Venetian merchant famous for his travels in Asia
17RURAL RIDE - the clue refers to William Cobbett's Rural Rides
18PERRAULT - (apt ruler)*; Charles Perrault wrote the collection of fairy tales Contes de ma mère l'oye (1697)
21ELINOR - hidden in "michELIN OR good food guide"; ELENOR (sic) is a character in Tobias Smollett's The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom (1753) where she marries Ferdinand; but she makes a brief appearance as ELINOR when the couple reappear in The Expedition of Humphry Clinker (1771) as Mr and Mrs Grieve, Ferdinand now a reformed character working as a country doctor
22PADUA - a straightforward quotation from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, in which Petruchio says: "I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; / If wealthily then happily in Padua"
24TRAMP - W. H. Davies wrote The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp (1908)
25EMMA - the title of an unfinished novel by Charlotte Brontë as well as of the better-known one by Jane Austen, in which the title character is Miss Woodhouse

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linxit
Jul. 3rd, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
I groaned when you mentioned last week that this one was considerably easier, as at the time I hadn't finished it! However, I went back to it and got the last 4 answers (CREW, ETHEREGE, EDDIE and SARA), but now I see I made a mistake anyway. RURAL LIFE was my guess for 17D, and I never went back to check it later.
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