Puzzle and quiz answers

Below are the answers to John Foley’s City Mind Teasers in The City Courant. Page 5 in the printed edition, and on this site. Copied here too for easy reference.

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Puzzle answers

Across: 1. pedlars; 5. coppers; 8. Bevis Marks; 10. vices; 12. clothier; 13. iron symbol; 14. Judy; 15. tanners; 18. swan; 19. Cromwell; 21. immoral; 22. foe; 24. beer; 25. Fleet; 26. Ferris; 27. era; 29. sin; 30. Shakespeare

Down: 2. engine; 3. apes; 4. skin; 5. camel; 6. puritan; 7. shears; 8. Ben Jonson; 9. skier; 11. advocates; 13. fisticuffs; 15. tic; 16. noose; 17. selfies; 20. Wallace; 22. freak; 23. grin; 24. BIDS; 28. ass

Unscrambled letters answer: Pickpockets

Quiz answers

Q1. What connects Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to Barts Hospital?

A: Dr John Watson. The hospital’s chemical laboratory is where the famous sleuth first met his associate Watson, as described in the novel A Study in Scarlet published by Conan Doyle in 1887. The Hospital Museum celebrates this meeting with a plaque (donated in 1953 by the Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit): ‘At this place New Year’s Day, 1881 were originally spoken these deathless words “You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive”, by Mr. Sherlock Holmes in greeting to John H. Watson, M.D. at their first meeting / The Baker Street Irregulars – 1953 / By The Amateur Mendicants at the Caucus Club’. The plaque, on the left-hand side by the window, is accompanied by an information panel and a copy of A Study in Scarlet.

Q2. What have Poet Laureate John Betjeman and ‘Monty’ (Viscount Montgomery of Alamein) in common with 41-42 Cloth Fair?

A: Betjeman and Montgomery were just two of the many illustrious visitors to the house at various times during its long history, and to commemorate their visits (along with several other notables) used a diamond-tipped pen to inscribe their names on the window panes on the first and second floors. Among other visitors who did not sign (due to the windows not yet having become a guest book), were Methodists John and Charles Wesley who, according to diaries, also slept in the house.

Q3. What connects The Beatles 1969 Abbey Road album to Thomas Dekker’s 1603 Patient Grissel, later performed at Bartholomew Fair by puppets?

A: ‘Golden Slumbers’, the eighth song of the B-side of Abbey Road, the Beatles’ 11th album. In 1603 Elizabethan dramatist Thomas Dekker (whose works include the play The Shoemaker’s Holiday) together with Henry Chettle and William Haughton wrote a play titled Patient Grissel. Based on the medieval tale of Patient Griselda (as told in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Boccaccio’s Decameron), it includes a two-stanza lullaby ‘Golden Slumbers’:

            Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,
            Smiles awake you when you rise;
            Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,
            And I will sing a lullaby,
            Rock them, rock them, lullaby.

The lullaby or ‘cradle song’ was reprinted in a 19th-century songbook which McCartney is said to have discovered at his father’s home in Liverpool. Adapting the lullaby’s first stanza with minor changes (‘fill your eyes’ for ‘kiss your eyes’ and ‘pretty darling’ for ‘pretty wantons’) and omitting the final line, he wrote a new tune. It was recorded at Abbey Road on 2 July 1969 as a single piece together with ‘Carry That Weight’, the next song on the medley that leads to the end of the album.