Wednesday 10 February 2010

Plug and Play Puzzles

Paul wrote this classic clue a few years ago, for the Guardian crossword:

       Play Ankoolger? (4,4,2,5)

Taking inspiration from that, here's one of my own:

       Play Amiseg? (6, 6)

Can you solve them?

Update: The Answers

Congrats to everyone who got the answers right, especially Susan's colleague who worked out Broken Images.

Play Ankoolger? (4,4,2,5) LOOK BACK IN ANGER An{kool<-}ger

This clue appeared in the Guardian crossword (link) on 23rd March 2002, in a prize puzzle with theatrical works as theme.
Look Back in Anger (1956) is a John Osborne play, one of the first of the genre described as 'kitchen sink drama' (a style of theatre using working class settings).

Play Amiseg? (6, 6) BROKEN IMAGES Anagram of (AMISEG)

Broken Images (2005) is an unusual one-performer play in which the actor has an intense conversation with a reflection of herself. Originally written in Kannada, it was later translated to English (Broken Images) and Hindi (Bikhre Bimb).

Answers to the clues posted in the comments (with apologies to Ximenes):

(Vinod's clue) Play Ist ODI there (5,6) THREE IDIOTS
Anagram of (IST ODI THERE), with play doing double-duty.

Think of a number. Tom, Dick or Harry - play! (4,5,7) FIVE POINT SOMEONE  
FIVE (a number) POINT (.) SOMEONE (Tom, Dick or Harry)    
A play by Evam based on Chetan Bhagat's book Five Point Someone.

Play Aod? (4,3,5,7) MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING AD (much 'ADo') around O (nothing) 
The comedy by Shakespeare, need I say more.

Play The CUL? (3,3,6) THE ODD COUPLE  THE C[o]U[p]L[e] 
The Odd Couple (1965), a Broadway play, also staged by Evam in India.

The Plug!

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Vinod Raman said...

This is fun. Got the 2nd one easily. but the 1st was a bit of a struggle. Try this :-

Play Ist ODI there (5,6)

Shuchi said...

Got the answer, Vinod. But the name really is as given by this clue:

Think of a number. Tom, Dick or Harry - play! (4,5,7)

Tony Sebastian said...

Got the first one easily, didn't know the name of the second one.
Got yours too :)

Vasana said...

Unrelated post - congrats shuchi! Just read about you in The Hindu :)

maddy said...

got both your clues. Your interview in The Col's blog was a big give away as to what "play" could be. Hadn't heard about the second one but googled to confirm.

Vasana said...


Shuchi said...

@Vasana: I went looking for it after reading your comment. Thank you :)

@Maddy: The second one is being massively advertised nowadays, on TV too - a Shabana Azmi-Alyque Padamsee version.

Shuchi said...

Two more clues and I'll run before raging Ximeneans take out a supari on me.

Play Aod? (4,3,5,7)

Play The CUL? (3,3,6)

Virtual Linguist said...

After involving my entire office for the second one, one of my colleagues came up with the answer (but we had to check it was a play). The rest of us were led up the garden path by the letter combination. I thought it might be something to do with French friends (amis), someone else thought it might have had a connection to Martin Amis and eg meant 'for example'. Thanks for brightening up a dull day at work!

Shuchi said...

Hi Susan, I should have mentioned that the 2nd one needed some specific local knowledge. Kudos to you and your office for managing to solve it!

Chaturvasi said...

For the benefit of non-Indian readers I might say that 'supari' mentioned by Shuchi in an earlier post means 'a hired killer'.

The usual meaning of the word is 'chipped, scented and blended arecanut'. How it also acquired the meaning 'assassin' I don't know. Maybe from his habit of constantly chewing pan masala?

Shuchi said...

To qualify Chaturvasi's comment - 'supari' is a hired killer, and 'supari nikalna' (literal translation: taking out a supari) is the process of hiring a killer.

Traditionally, the contract with a killer is sealed by handing over money along with a supari. That's my understanding of the origin of this phrase based on gangster films and hearsay, not that I have any experience in these matters :P

Virtual Linguist said...

Thank you, Chaturvasi, for explaining supari. I had never heard of the word before. It strikes me that it might follow the pattern of the word assassin. Assassin (according to the Oxford English Dictionary) literally means 'hashish-eater' (or, strictly speaking 'eaters' in the plural; -in was originally the Arabic plural ending). Presumably people became intoxicated on hashish before they went off to do their killing. Maybe, there's a similar reference and link here - the hired killer gets (or used to get) high on the areca nut first.

Anonymous said...

It's not about plays, but still of a similar kind:

Poppd Poppd(3,4,2,1,3)

Shuchi said...

Got it. That's a neat clue!

Shuchi said...

Nice to revive comments on older posts :) Adding another for a play now running in Bangalore.

Play Mile? (1,5,2,4)

Anonymous said...

I almost give up Shuchi, I wonder if you could give me anymore clues? ;-)

Shuchi said...

It's a reverse anagram.

Anonymous said...

Despite those clues, I am still unable to find it out. I have a very limited knowledges of plays, I suppose the first word maybe I or A, and the last word an anagram of Mile, and the other two indicators I suppose, but I wonder, does that question mark have any significance and the fact you made it bold?

Shuchi said...

These clues are a bit self-indulgent, sorry about that :) '?' is to indicate there's some unusual wordplay involved, in this case a reverse anagram. I made the clue bold to make it stand out from the rest of the text, it had no other meaning.

This is the play.

Anonymous said...

Actually lime was what I had in mind, it seemed to be the most probable anagram of mile, but googling only movie-lime didn't help at all! Even checked out all the movies running in Bangalore! Anyway, its a great clue! Actually, I am not so good in solving clues, just starting to get the hang of it!