This week’s clue:
Last week we offered the Haiku Crypto-Quiz as part of The Haiku Foundation’s fundraising drive. Here are your answers (with a bit of explanation for those of you who are new to cryptic crosswords):
1. Sounds as if you should take a walk followed by a turnaround. (5) haiku (Sounds like a walk [hike] followed by a turnaround [u-turn] = haiku) 2. The man throws a party and none come. (5) Basho (The man throws a party [bash] and none come [o] = Matsuo Basho) 3. He’s in front; he’s in a lair; then in a miserable hut (sort of). (3-3-6) van den Heuvel (He’s in front [van]; he’s in a lair [den]; then in a miserable hut (sort of) [hovel] = Cor Van den Heuvel) 4. Everyone’s high on her. (8) Mountain (Everyone’s high on her = Marlene Mountain) 5. We hear that Gunsmoke’s marshal didn’t pay his debts. (5-5) Dylan Welch (We hear that Gunsmokes’s marshal [Dillon] didn’t pay his debts [welch] = Michael Dylan Welch) 6. “Decompose, Fitzgerald!” she jazzes. (7) Rotella (“Decompose [rot] Fitzgerald!” she jazzes [Ella] = Alexis Rotella) 7. These compilations get cooked on the cooker. (5) renga (These compilations get cooked [that is, the letter order is altered; hence, an anagram] on the cooker [range] = renga [anagram of range]) 8. The female chicken, the male German, and the male issue. (9) Henderson (The female chicken [hen], the male German [article der], and the male issue [son] = Harold G. Henderson) 9. She is adding to a tasty arrowroot. (6) Yarrow (She is adding to a tastY ARROWroot (embedded word) = Ruth Yarrow) 10. I would owe the Aeneid to him, if I had a “u.” (9) Virgilio (I would owe [iou] the Aeneid to him [Virgil] if I had a “u”. Lose the “u” from “iou” and add the “io” to Virgil = Nick Virgilio) 11. She wants to get rid of a skin growth with Preparation H. (8) Banwarth (She wants to get rid of [ban] a skin growth [wart] with Preparation H = Francine Banwarth) 12. A turnip from northern Europe? (5) Swede (A turnip from northern Europe = Swede (a term used in Britain for a rutabaga)) 13. The Red Viking turns around and is cutting. (4) kire (The Red Viking [Erik] turns around and is cutting = kire (reverse Erik to get the cutting word used in haiku)) 14. We hear the woman is central to get him. (5) Shiki We hear [suggesting a homonym] the woman [she] is central [key] to get him = Masaoka Shiki) 15. After he is given a flower, it sounds as if he executes a ballet move. (8) Roseliep (After he is given a flower [rose], it sounds as if he executes a ballet move [leap] = Raymond Roseliep) 16. One day she is going to lie down with a lion. (4) Lamb (One day she is going to lie down with a lion [playing off a well-known adage] = Elizabeth Searle Lamb) 17. He makes a delicious salad. (4) Cobb (He makes a delicious salad = David Cobb) 18. The stag hesitates and becomes a woman! (6) Harter (The stag [hart] hesitates [er] = Penny Harter) 19. Sounds as if he’s really happy. (5) Blyth (Sounds as if [homonym] he’s really happy = R. H. Blyth) 20. The war machine is followed by an indefinite article. (5) tanka (The war machine [tank] is followed by an indefinite article [a] = tanka)
No contestant achieved 100% on the quiz. Our prize-winner is Shrikaanth Krishnamurthy, who got 19 out of 20 correct (he missed #7, which stymied everyone). Congratulations to him, and he wins a copy of Raymond Roseliep: Man of Art who Loved the Rose, Donna Bauerly’s masterful new biography of the pioneering haiku poet. You can get a copy for yourself in the THF Gift Shop for a $50 donation to the Foundation.
Two other entrants got 18 out of 20 correct — Sandra Simpson and Roberta Beary. We’re giving second place to Sandra for her “extra credit” answer to #19, which she suggested could also be answered with “tripi,” which made us laugh. Nice work to all!