Crossword News May 2017
The April Prize Puzzle was 1 Across by Opsimath. In this puzzle solvers had to replace the ROLE (1 across) in a film by the surname of the actor who took the part. There is a full solution available on http://wp.me/a7qTXm-4S
Here are some of the comments from solvers.
Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle. Only slightly held up by the possibilities of 44ac ending in tor rather than starting ben. Not being a great film buff the internet proved an essential resource for some of the entries. Congratulations to Opsimath,
Thanks for an enjoyable puzzle from OPSIMATH which had me Googling actors and Oscars in an an attempt to precisely describe the theme – (male) actors who had played particular film roles, the actor having won (or been nominated for) an Oscar, but rarely for the role in question – roughly! And the role had the same number of letters as the surname. Overall not too difficult clues, but a few uncommon words to test the solver, and who knew Calvero was Chaplin’s role in Limelight?
I really enjoyed the latest CC puzzle by Opsimath which once again has broadened my knowledge of things cinematic. This time the ten answers to be replaced were all well known characters from the movies, specially chosen so that their replacements (the actors who played each title ROLE), as indicated by cross-checking, would occupy the same number of cells. The clues were very accessible , my favourite being 20d, least favourite the indirect anagram at 14d, and I especially appreciated an appearance from the OSCARS top right. I look forward to the next film themed puzzle on the Crossword Centre channel, perhaps one showcasing the actresses next time ? Many thanks to Opsimath !
Opsimath adds these interesting comments.
Thematic replacements in clue order are PECK, SPACEY, DE NIRO, KEATON, HESTON, PENN, OLIVIER, CAINE, CHAPLIN, HANKS
These actors between them have 17 Oscar wins, and a further 29 nominations. The films concerned garnered 18 wins and 23 nods. Only Moby Dick missed out completely.
Heston and Penn won best actor for Judah Ben-Hur and Harvey Milk respectively; Spacey won best supporting actor as “Verbal”; Caine was nominated for “Alfie”. Charlie Chaplin won his only competitive Oscar for the Musical Score used in Limelight, where he played the aging clown “Calvero”.
There were 58 entries, of which 10 were marked incorrect. The lucky winner picked from the electronic hat was Neill Simpson, who will soon be receiving a prize donated by Chambers.
You still have plenty of time to complete the May puzzle, Well-Connected by Dilwitch.
In June we will be publishing the 9th of our Round Robin puzzles. 37 volunteers wrote the clues to a grid designed by Wan. As usual there will be voting to find the most popular clue. You may vote for your favourite clue with your entry. You can just nominate one clue, which will be awarded 3 points, or your top three which will be awarded 3, 2 and 1 points. The person whose clue accumulates the most points will receive a prize, which has been donated by the Crossword Centre.
Guardian setter Paul set himself the task of running the London marathon and writing a clue for each mile. You can read about it in this Guardian article.
The crossword he wrote was published in the Guardian on 29th April. https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords/prize/27184
You might like to put the 22nd July in your diary for a S & B meet in Manchester to celebrate the 1500th Inquisitor crossword. The editor, John Henderson, has put this invitation on Fifteen Squared.
I’d very much like to invite Inquisitor solvers to The Vine Inn in Kennedy Street in Manchester on July 22nd for a gathering to mark the publication of the 1500th puzzle in the Inquisitor series. As far as I’m aware, it will be the first such celebration of this puzzle which, over the years, has undergone several changes of name (and numbering!). All four of our regular bloggers will be in attendance, together with the members of the checking team and several compilers, so it will be an opportunity for solvers to find out more about behind-the-scenes goings-on.
The event begins at noon (opening time), when (to assist icebreaking) there will be various copies of the day’s puzzles available, including the special celebratory Inquisitor currently in preparation for the occasion. Editor and bloggers will be along to join you at around 2:30pm. During the afternoon, a trophy will be presented to the compiler of 2016’s Puzzle of the Year.
So I can keep a check on numbers, please could I ask that you confirm below your likely attendance, and also (this includes setters who have already indicated that they will be present) whether you would wish me to organise a buffet lunch: the pub has a reasonably good lunch menu, but if you’d prefer a buffet, please say.
Phi has made his last Apex puzzle available on his blog at http://phionline.net.nz/apex-crosswords/apex-2016
He has continued the tradition of Apex in producing A Puzzle Every Xmas with a collection for his favourite charity, the Moorfields Eye Hospital. There is always a clue-writing competition and if you check the solution notes you will see that this year’s winner was Ross Beresford.
Have you ever thought you might like to compile crosswords for the Guardian newspaper? Well, the odds are certainly stacked up against you, as crossword editor, Hugh Stephenson, explains in this article.
This month’s clue-writing competition is to write a clue to MICKEY. You have until the 31st May to enter your clue at http://www.andlit.org.uk/cccwc/main.php