What’s the What on the 26th and 27th of March, 2010

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15 thoughts on “What’s the What on the 26th and 27th of March, 2010

  1. 16A Re comments in the other thread. The way I saw this is:
    Told to make software = Told PROGRAM = PROGRAMME
    bill of play = PROGRAMME
    I don’t see any need to refer to American or French spelling. It’s just using the homophone indicator “told” to link “program” (the spelling favoured in the IT world) with “programme” (the spelling used outside of the US for theatre, TV, concerts etc). Of course, this latter spelling will probably soon disappear, if it hasn’t already!

    I have a couple of queries:
    11A,19A: This was nearly a superb &lit clue. But the fact that “with” didn’t participate in the anagram meant it didn’t quite work, for me.

    15A: I don’t quite get the “sharp increase” bit. The best I can do is this:
    Sharp increase = HIGH C (Why?)
    should resound = OUGHT resound = OURT (Yuk!)
    hearing venue = HIGH COURT
    I suppose I’ll be the only one to dislike the homophone ourt/ought just as I’m the only one to complain about lore/law. Don’t know why I bother, really! Anyway, can someone help out with the HIGH C bit?

  2. 16a: that twas the way I read it too.
    11a/19a: “with” here is an acceptable joiner word. Not a problem for me. The is instruction is like saying mix x with y. Done all the time.
    15a: hike as in a price hike. Hike ought, sounds like high court. No need for the ugly little “ourt”.

  3. Thanks Ian. Re 11A/19A, I read it that way too (“with” is a joiner word) but considered that another anagram indicator would be needed for the part of the clue after the “with”. But, on reflection, you have persuaded me otherwise.

    Re 15A: Thanks for the explanation of “sharp increase”. But it doesn’t help my homophone problem, however. I consider “hike ought” to sound like “hike caught” and I pronounce “caught” and “court” differently. But I suspect I’m on my own on this one (like law/lore).

  4. Got all but three answers pretty quickly, but still made no progress on those three. any hints?
    (9A, 15D, 26A)

  5. Just a bit puzzled about 6A – have no problem with the multiplying part, but not clear on where the dividing comes in – unless it’s simply to do with finding the cube root. Maths ain’t my strong suit!

  6. 9A This was one of my last three clues too. First two words provide the wordplay, last two words provide the definition. Think laterally when it comes to ‘pins’.

    15D The wordplay is reasonably straightforward; a bit of ancient history knowledge will help with the answer (I for one found it far easier identifying the ‘old lawmaker’ in this clue than in 4D, which is probably a sign of where my interests and experience lie)

    26A The only real difficulty with this clue is that the answer is a rather obscure word that I had to look up to confirm. Should be easier once you have the first letter by getting 15D.

  7. 6A, I took the dividing to be cutting up something into cubes – makes lots of little pieces.

  8. 9A: ah, thanks. i had assumed if it was that then pins was the containment indicator… pins indeed!

    still plugging away at the other two

  9. i just gave up and used an online anagram solver to get 26A, definitely outside of my lexicon

    looks like 15D is going to be far off my vocabulary too

  10. I still can’t get 1D or 9A, even with jnrj’s help above. Nor, despite having all the others, can I agree with those on the other thread who reckoned it was too easy.

  11. Dave R: 1D is a well-known cliche about all roads leading somewhere.

    9A is a containment clue. Think “pegs” = legs, as in “nice pegs!” Then go looking for a unit of administration.

  12. RB, your homophone comments led me to Wikipedia’s info on homophones where I learned that you must have a rhotic accent.

    From Wikipedia;

    “The pairs talk, torque, and court, caught are distinguished in rhotic accents such as Scottish English and most dialects of American English, but are homophones in many non-rhotic accents such as British Received Pronunciation.”

    I think we all enjoy DA’s risque work. It appears that his homophones are also arhotic.

    Wikipedia also advises that the high court = hike ought things are called oronyms.

    Again from Wikipedia;

    Homophones of multiple words or phrases (as sometimes seen in word games) are also known as “oronyms”. This term was coined by Gyles Brandreth and first published in his book The Joy of Lex (1980), and it was used in the BBC programme Never Mind the Full Stops, which also featured Brandreth as a guest.

    Examples of “oronyms” (which may only be true homophones in certain dialects of English) include

    “ice cream” vs. “I scream”
    “euthanasia” vs. “youth in Asia”
    “depend” vs. “deep end”
    “the sky” vs. “this guy”
    “four candles” vs. “fork handles”
    “sand which is there” vs. “sandwiches there”
    “example” vs. “egg sample”
    “some others” vs. “some mothers”
    “night rain” vs. “night train”
    “Minute” vs. “my newt”

  13. Thanks, haiku. It’s all so bleedin obvious now. I was working on ‘pins’ = legs, but didn’t think of looking for the ‘units’ in the right place.

    One of my favourite oronymic phrases is ‘real estate the realist ate.’

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