Posted by nmsindy on November 8th, 2006
This had all the attributes I associate with Dac – flowing clues, variation, trickery, always accessible in the end.
Average in difficulty for a Dac for me – solved in 17 mins.
1 HALF-INCH Rhyming slang for “pinch” = take = appropriate . V good.
5 PAST IT Asti in Pt (Little point)
10 ALCOCK Hidden – nice touch to use “cockpit”. Alcock and Brown, first to fly across Atlantic (1919)
11 Lawrence OATES (1880-1912) Antarctic explorer. Oases = fertile parts of desert change of heart (middle letter) = s becomes t for “this” explorer, confirmed by a crossing down word
14 ACUTE ACCENT a cute accent
18 INATTENTION cf inner tension (”it’s said”)
26 SILVER Long John Silver (Treasure Island)
27 PESTERED st in peered – cleverly misleading in that I looked first for a word meaning “standing” around st. Whereas it is the containing indicator.
1 John HUSTON (1906-1987) US film director of The Maltese Falcon and much else. anagram of south then n = north
2 LOLITA – guess most know this book – amusing surface. largely coarse = lo(w) + reading matter = lit (literature) + a
3 INCESSANT Hidden = clever to hide such a long word (did not get it first time around). Indicator is “eating”
4 CONSEQUENCE (cf the game consequences)
6 ALLOA = familiar to those who follow the football results. allow less w (wife) +a
13 AMERICAN PIE a + anagram of marine epic
15 CONSCRIPT cript = crypt “say” underground room
17 MANDRILL a baboon man dr ill attends is a link
19 ARBOUR cf (h)arbour