4099 Double Devilry by Pointer
This was an exemplary lesson in how to write neat Printer’s Devilry clues from Pointer. Gregson’s first worry was that the two blocked grids had 9-letter rows and columns but only the 6-letter words were clued. In fact both sets of answers could be squeezed into one grid; MUSCLE and CLEVIS were entered as MUSCLEVIS and so on. Using the normal clue order it was possible to fill both grids in the same way. The ten unchecked letters could be arranged to spell DUPLICATES, a description of the two identical grids.
Grid I (all six letters)
Unlike most, bird's
MUSCLE Unlike most birds e/mus cle/arly don't fly!
"Any sensitive? I
serve" - scare from a counsellor
SUEDES Any sensitive is/sue des/erves care from a counsellor
applaud The Gondoliers
ICE-CAP In Ven/ice cap/tive audiences applaud The Gondoliers
The robbers tell of
ALSACE The robber ste/als a ce/l lo for deals with a cellist
The man in funny
closet to become
THESIS The man in funny clo/thes is/ set to become a clown
Bob Cratchit's title
MISLIT Bob Cratchit's Ti/m is lit/tle
The shepherd hopes
not to find we
lead in Snowdonia
SHEWED The shepherd hopes not to find Wel/sh ewe d/ead in Snowdonia
Ad is placed: "Away
swan!" (Ted to return to his home country)
LIENAL A displaced a/lien al/ways wanted to return to his home country)
"A hungry boy will
the tape" - Ed.
BLEATS A hungry boy will get to the ta/ble at s/peed.
Was this bold to the
wanting an old car
ANGERS Was this b/anger s/old to the buyer wanting an old car
Grid II (all six letters)
Unit's the house to
present tone - phew!
CLEVIS Un/cle vis/its the house to give a present to nephew!
The interval between
during a lunar cycle
DESALT The interval between high ti/des alt/ers during a lunar cycle
Is a Jock eyed to
CAPLIN Is a jockey-/cap lin/ed to give head protection?
The seaworthy swords
from The Forsyte Saga
REGALS These a/re Gals/worthy’s words from The Forsyte Saga
during my operation
SEETHE The anaesthetist continued to u/se ethe/r during my operation
My quiz team through.
round on "Trim", I shed our record
VIABLE My quiz team, through losing the round on tri/via, ble/mished our record
The ivy straggling
over the roof
to pile of tendrils
SATANG The ivy straggling over the roof to p i/s a tang/le of tendrils
Travellers on the
through the night
LITRES Travellers on the wagons-/lit res/ t all through the night
Even when Sir John
Hal), Gudrun's always had full houses
WEDGIE Even when Sir John hummed and ha/wed, Gie/lgud runs always had full houses
(Their faith is
NALLAH Muslims place their faith i/n Allah/’s divine power