|Monument (marnanel) wrote,|
@ 2009-12-19 07:08 pm UTC
SATURN, guessed by many people. This is a very traditional sort of clue. "Part of" indicates a substring search. "itSATURNing" contains the substring. "Body" is the surface clue: Saturn is a heavenly body.
The other two don't follow the traditional surface/deep model:
3A. What the town of Titipu was to the Mikado (8)
SUBTITLE, guessed by a few people. The operetta's full name is "The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu". I like this because it leads people up the garden path: they spend hours trying to figure out the proper term for a city ruled by an emperor, and how to fit it in eight letters.
1A. Get rid of the stuff legally (4, 4)
TAKE SILK. Nobody got this. It's a pun on "stuff", which also means the substance that entry-level gowns are made from. Lawyers in the UK (and some other Commonwealth countries) wear stuff gowns until they reach the exalted heights of Queen's Counsel, when (in the same way that PhDs do) they exchange their stuff gown for a silk one. This is known as "taking silk". Again, garden path: you are supposed to think of some contraband substance which you must "get rid of legally", but that's not what it means at all.