Posted by ilancaron on November 14th, 2006
Solving time: 16’
Mixture of clichéd crossword idioms and some clever wordplay. As usual, not a shaky surface in sight.
Apologies for not posting this yesterday – there’s a complicated story involving Geneva, stolen passport, Berne and lots of driving. Couldn’t find The Guardian at the Zurich airport so I tried The Independent. Oh and never park your car right next to a sign saying: “Beware of thieves operating in this area!” It doesn’t protect you.
|9||NIGHTGOWN – cryptic definition of “late shift” – I initially thought “graveyard” (which is where you end up if you’re late).|
|10||DIS+CO –two clichés in a single clue: DI is either a girl or a princess. And CO for company. I wonder how cryptically common Di was before she married Charles. Anyone remember?|
|12||UNA+WARE – Another cryptically common girl. Only Una I know is the actress Thurman. [Correction: it’s Uma Thurman and Una Stubbs — thanks Michael]|
|16||HARVEST FESTIVAL – I liked this: he’s right, it’s the opposite: literally a celebration of the gathering.|
|21||SEC+CO – CO is short for “firm” this time.|
|3||ST+RIFE – Can’t have a puzzle without ST for “street”.|
|4||GONG –British slang for medal.|
|6||A+DJ+A+CENT – Nice surface and meaning for “putting on airs” which is what DJs do at parties or raves or whatever they are now.|
|8||BORE – Double meaning: last one I filled in. Was hard for me to parse the surface as: “one who always talks” and “well”.|
|17||ENDYMION – anag(“done in my”). I remembered the poem but not that it was by Keats.|
|18||VA+CA+TION – Two clichés again in a single clue: Virginia is a popular cryptic state and the English have Chartered Accountants. “Into” is the anagram fodder rather than indicating containment/insertion.|
|22||SI+RE – For our final cliché: RE for Royal Engineers. “is mounted” is SI. I’ve always wanted to use “is is” a la our ex-President — this is the closest.|