Dickens character who says Something Will Turn Up / WED 8-11-10 / Nattily dressed ad figure / Sayers bon vivant sleuth / Wisecracking dummy old radio
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Constructor: Edward Sessa
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
THEME: MONOCLES (68A: Items worn by 14-, 23-, 39- and 52-Across)
Word of the Day: WILKINS MICAWBER (23A: Dickens character who says "Something will turn up") —
Wilkins Micawber is a fictional character from Charles Dickens' 1850 novel David Copperfield. He was modelled on Dickens' father, John Dickens, who also ended up in a debtor's prison (the King's Bench Prison) after failing to meet the demands of his creditors.
His long-suffering wife, Emma, stands by him through thick and thin, despite the fact that her father, before his death, had to bail him out on many occasions and the fact his circumstances force her to pawn all her family heirlooms. The maxims she lives by are: "I will never desert Mr. Micawber!" and "Experientia does it (from Experientia docet, One learns by experience (literally, 'experience teaches'))".
He is hired as a subordinate by Uriah Heep, who believes Micawber to be as dishonest as himself due to his troubles with creditors. However, Micawber is honest, and, after working for Heep for a while, exposes him as a forger and a cheat. To make a fresh start, Micawber and his family emigrate to Australia alongside Daniel Peggotty and Little Em'ly. In Australia he is successful and becomes a magistrate as well as manager of the Port Middlebay Bank.
- WILKINS MICAWBER (23A: Dickens character who says "Something will turn up")
- MR. PEANUT (14A: Nattily dressed ad figure)
- CHARLIE MCCARTHY (39A: Wisecracking dummy of old radio)
- LORD PETER WIMSEY (52A: Dorothy L. Sayers's bon vivant sleuth)
- 8A: FBI operation involving a nonexistent sheik (ABSCAM) — sounds like a shady exercise-machine-selling operation; or a camera pointed continuously at someone's midsection; or an early-80s Genesis album.
- 56D: Success on TV's "Concentration" (MATCH) — Trouble for me, as that game is (way) before my time. Now if the clue had been [Success on TV's "Match Game"], oh man, I'd have nailed that one.
- 29A: Dogpatch diminutive (LI'L) — as in "Abner"
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