3998: Squaring the Circle by Centigram


Centigram gave us an original concept, a circular crossword in a square grid. Words were entered ‘radially’ in three ways, inward, outward and jumbled, and a message appeared in concentric squares. The message read AT THE ROUND EARTH’S IMAGINED CORNERS BLOW YOUR TRUMPETS. JOHN DONNE. This quotation explained the format of the grid. In the four corner cells of the grid the letters could be arranged to give the word LURS, which are trumpets!

John Donne’s poet is often termed the Doomsday Sonnet and its message is certainly apocalyptic.

At the round earths imagin'd corners, blow
Your trumpets, Angells, and arise, arise
From death, you numberlesse infinities
Of soules, and to your scattred bodies goe,
All whom the flood did, and fire shall o'erthrow,
All whom warre, dearth, age, agues, tyrannies,
Despaire, law, chance, hath slaine, and you whose eyes,
Shall behold God, and never tast deaths woe.

  
CLUES (all answers have six letters)

1 Cloak with headpiece or the equivalent
CAPOTE CAP + O.T.E.
*2 Ceremonial slowing down, usually in the middle
RITUAL RIT. + (us)UAL(ly)
*3 Mistress Quickly's alarm to score both ways
 TIRRIT RIT (to score) + RIT (reversed)
4 Traveller's language - almost the last to be translated
SHELTA Anagram THE LAS(t)
*5 Cell with new currency name
NEURON N (new) + EURO + N (name)
6 Lamplighter gives luminance, strangely frightening
LEERIE  L + EERIE
*7 Warning: the Earth's distorted
THREAT T (the) + Anagram EARTH
8 Tool left in gate pillars
PLIERS L in PIERS
*9 Appearance of officer with fierce stare
COLOUR CO + LOUR
10 Worthless horse obliged to turn and canter
TITTUP TIT + PUT (reversed)
11 Commission given by queen with a strip of leather
ERRAND ER + RAND
12 Celtic priests, irrational returning to eat fish
DRUIDS SURD (reversed) containing ID
13 Hysterical person -- setter coming and going, that is
MEEMIE ME + ME (reversed + IE
14 Reprimand snog in a vehicle possibly
CARPET CAR + PET!
15 Fool needs practice to give confidence
ASSURE ASS + URE
*16 Source of hope in troubled times
THEMIS H(ope) in Anagram TIMES; &lit.? Themis is
the Greek goddess of law and justice.
17 Foolish South American in Swaziland
STUPID TUPI in SD
18 Barrenness shown by dead planet
DEARTH D + EARTH
*19 For bones, smell raised keen resentment
HUMERI HUM + IRE (reversed)
*20 Boss cut off members -- producing these?
STUMPS STU(d) + MPs
*21 Minister has no time to go and see the queen
VISIER VISI(T) + ER
22 Once dismayed, one had sex
AMATED A + MATED
23 Friend holds a self-contained unit
PASCAL A SC in PAL
*24 Harsh discordant sound including a violin, or cat
JAGUAR A GU in JAR
*25 Man with rickety iron horse
HEROIN HE + Anagram IRON
26 Expenses company's involved in once
ONCOST CO in ONST
*27 "Homer in colour" is past history
RECORD COR in RED
28 Recover note on rubbish tip
RECOUP RE + COUP
*29 School girl, mostly a boyish one
GAMINE GAM + INE(z)
*30 Agree with reversal of Eastern navigator system
ACCEDE
*31 Macho men capture old monkeys
JOCKOS  O (old) in JOCKS
32 Moses' successor to ridicule, returning gold
JOSHUA JOSH + AU (reversed)
33 Store room insect enters to look around
PANTRY ANT in PRY
*34 Smoother food-fish
SANDER 2  Definitions
35 Unscramble fish in river
DECODE COD in (river) DEE
36 Edmund's run after female - a stranger to him
FRENNE F (female) + RENNE (run, Spenser)
37 Hindu god, hideous, including man's base and elephant's head
GANESH (ma)N + e(lephant) in GASH
*38 Baby owl (not adult) trembling - like this?
WOBBLY Anagram BABY OWL less A (adult)
39 Air-traps having peak dimension in America
U-BENDS BEN + D (dimension) in US
*40 Second-rate experts make stupid mistakes
BONERS B + ONERS
41 Escape the Chancellor's overcharge
FLEECE FLEE + CE (Chancellor of the Exchequer)
42 Professor has no time for an idler
DONNOT DON + NO + T
43 Disorder and war - here they have been frequent
RWANDA Anagram AND WAR
*44 Hot spring rising on the Seychelles for example
GEYSER RE (on) SY (Seychelles) + EG (all reversed)