## In Vino Veritas by Raven

### Puzzle explanation

The corrections to misprints in clues spelt Rubáiyát, a collection of Persian four-line verse stanzas written by Omar Khayyám. In the 1859 translation by Edward Fitzgerald, quatrain number 49 is:

’Tis all a chequer-board of nights and days, Where Destiny with Men for pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays, And one by one back in the closet lays.

The central 8×8 area of the grid, where answers were jumbled, represented the chequerboard with its four corners containing FATE and cells alternately shaded for the nights and unshaded for the days (entries with the northeast and southwest corner cells unshaded were also accepted). The diagonal lines of shaded cells consisted of words that can follow “night” (APE, PIECE, LETTERS, CLOTHES, TAPER, MAN), while the unshaded diagonals were associated with “day” (SUN, BREAK, SPRINGS, WEARIED, THURS, MON). Letters in the circled cells (off the board, ie “back in the closet”) were the abbreviations for chess pieces, P, R, N, B and K; to complete the set Q was circled in the first column. The puzzle’s title alluded to the many mentions of drinking wine in the Rubáiyát, perhaps the best-known being “A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread — and Thou” (from a later translation of Fitzgerald’s).

### Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Across
10 cha(R)ge CARE C + ARE
11 g(U)shed PRATTLED (DE(a)LT + TARP) <
12   WREST PLANK (TLNPKASERW) WASTREL * around (N + PK)
13   UNCE (ENCU) (Cull)EN CU(vée)
14   PAID (PDIA) (AID + P) <
15   QUEENLETS (QUSLETNEE) QU + LET in SNEE(r)
16   DIOPTRICS (ROITICSPD) (IP around TICS) in ROD
19   BARTERERS (ESBARTRER) WINES − WIN + BARER around TR
25   UNHAPPIER (PPAHURNEI) APP < + (R + N) in HUE + I(ndigo)
26   SWAB (BWSA) B + W + S + A
28   MOST (OSMT) SO < + M(erlo)T
29   MAN OF STRAW (OAAWNTRMSF) (AWN + TR + MS) in OAF
30 Ara(B) ARABISES ARABIS + (l)ES(s)
31 bo(A)t SKEG K in SEG
Down
2 F(I)zz MAGNUMS GAM < + NUM + S(trike)
3   TRACTS (ARTCST) ART + CST
4   KEEP ON (KPNEEO) (KNEE + OP) with P moved up
5   HARP (HRPA) HR + PA
6   KATRINA (AAKINTR) AKIN in (A + TR)
7   GAIETY (YTAGEI) TAG in ((w)I(n)E(r)Y) <
8   SEALED (ALEDES) ALE + DESI − I
9 pla(Y) MERIL MILER *
17   ATHEIST (ITAETSH) IT + TEA < + S(cotc)H
18 Le(A)ding PREMIER ((lib)R(ary) + EM) in PIER
20   AMBANS (BMSAAN) BAN around MSA
21   PINGER (RPENIG) PEN in RIG
22   MEUSED (EUEMSD) EMS in (EU + D(irective))
23   KENAFS (ENSFKA) ENS + F(iery) + KA
24 Gran(T) AWARD (DRAW + A(lton)) <
27   TEHR (HRET) H(imalayan) R(uminant) E(ven) T(oed)