Friday, May 13, 2011

Du Maurier Clues

DaphneDuMaurier The novelist and playwright Daphne Du Maurier (13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989) was born on this day in 1907. In her remembrance, some cryptic clues that refer to her or her books.

Times 24538: Writer injecting element of great value into one murder novel (2,7)

Times 24214: Novel is touching — and useless because without chapter (7)

Times 23723: Instrument Mrs de Winter chucked about (5)

Times 24152: Film live, standing during intervals (3,5)

DT 25930: Spy coming from cyberspace upset the lady (7)

DT Toughie 308 (Osmosis): Novel features latterly in Spectator magazine Boris harangued (7)

Guardian 24807 (Araucaria): Maxim of Du Maurier "Drops get put into ground" (2,6)

Daphne Du Maurier is one of my favourite novelists; her gift for creating atmosphere and making the fantastic seem plausible is exceptional. Other than the popular Rebecca, I warmly recommend My Cousin Rachel and The House On The Strand.

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5 comments

Vinod Raman said...

Du Maurier (A in IMURDER*)
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The birds (BE< in THIRDS)
Rebecca (CYBERSPACE* - SPY)
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De Winter (DEW INTER)

SandhyaP said...

Writer injecting element of great value into one murder novel (2,7)
DE MAURIER* (anagram of MURDER+EA+I)

Times 24214: Novel is touching — and useless because without chapter (7)
{RE}{BEC}{CA}

Times 24152: Film live, standing during intervals (3,5)
TH{E B<-}IRDS

DT 25930: Spy coming from cyberspace upset the lady (7)
REBECCA*(- SPY)

DT Toughie 308 (Osmosis): Novel features latterly in Spectator magazine Boris harangued (7)
{R}{E}{BECCA(~Becker)}

Guardian 24807 (Araucaria): Maxim of Du Maurier "Drops get put into ground" (2,6)
{DE W}{INTER}

Venkatesh said...

Writer injecting element of great value into one murder novel (2,7) DU M(AU)RIER* AU in (1 MURDER)*

Novel is touching — and useless because without chapter (7) {RE}{BE(C)CA{-use}} toucing RE + BECAUSE -USE outside C(hapter)

Instrument Mrs de Winter chucked about (5) REBEC[-ca]

Film live, standing during intervals (3,5)

Spy coming from cyberspace upset the lady (7) REBACCA*-spy

Novel features latterly in Spectator magazine Boris harangued (7) (R)(E){BE(C)CA} last letters of Spectator magazine R, E + C in BECCA ~Becker

Maxim of Du Maurier "Drops get put into ground" (2,6) (DE W)(INTER)

Venkatesh said...

Film live, standing during intervals (3,5) {TH(E B<-)IRDS}

Shuchi said...

Well solved Vinod, Sandhya, Venkatesh.

The annotated answers, compiled:

Writer injecting element of great value into one murder novel (2,7) DU MAURIER
AU (element of (I MURDER)*

Novel is touching — and useless because without chapter (7) REBECCA
RE (touching) BECAUSE - USE, around C (chapter)

Times 23723: Instrument Mrs de Winter chucked about (5) REBEC
REBECCA (Mrs de Winter) - CA (about)

Times 24152: Film live, standing during intervals (3,5) THE BIRDS
BE (live) reversed, in THIRDS (intervals)

DT 25930: Spy coming from cyberspace upset the lady (7) REBECCA
(CYBERSPACE)* - SPY

DT Toughie 308 (Osmosis): Novel features latterly in Spectator magazine Boris harangued (7) REBECCA
[spectato]R [magazin]E BECCA (~Becker)

Guardian 24807 (Araucaria): Maxim of Du Maurier "Drops get put into ground" (2,6) DE WINTER
DEW (drops) INTER (put into ground)

A question: what do you say for clues about novels/plays/films that contain spoilers? I've come across clues for Rebecca and The Mousetrap that reveal crucial plot points. Should crossword setters play safe and avoid them? Or can they be considered fair since these works are so famous everyone probably knows their stories already?