Posted by nmsindy on November 16th, 2006
Everything perfectly constructed, wording to set you off on the wrong track at first in some cases.
Solved in 18 mins – about average for me for a Phi Indy.
7 PRINT RUN – Pr = prince + in + anagram of turn “reviewed”. Nice to see issue meaning something other than a child – which I’ve never heard any one use in conversation.
9 ROCKET – r + (s)ocket. Would have thought of socket as a source rather than a supply of electricity, but this may be nit-picking – it was the second last clue I solved.
10 DISC – disc(over) deliveries = over (cricket).
11 MORATORIUM – orator + I = one in mum.
12 RECALL – rec + all This looks (and is) very straightforward, but it nicely misled me – I was looking for a container and contents at first “in memory”.
13 OPERATIC – era in optic. Note adjectives here. Definition is “of music drama and optic = eye’s.
15 FABIAN SOCIETY – Anagram of “I say of Cabinet”. Moderate socialists, based on a Roman general Fabius known for delaying tactics. Have not heard much of them in recent years (decades) but I’m sure they’re still around.
19 EDIBLE – Nice here that I thought crown might mean first letter but no it’s cr from credible = plausible.
25 MINSTREL – inst (this month) – another expression you see less now in m and (B)rel B = British.
1 PRAISE – Marshal getting uppity is telling us to turn (Marshal Wyatt) Earp (of Dodge City in the Old West) upside down. Is stopping means is goes in (in the sense of blocking).
3 BROMELIA – Anag of lime in a orb “climbing”. Note “climbing” is part of the wordplay, not definition. This was the only answer I had not come across before and it is always a pleasure in these circs to work it out from the wordplay which I did. I verified it after in the Concise OED.
8 NERVOUS SYSTEM – Anagram of “Sentry moves us”. Had a great laugh at this, having tried so hard yesterday to solve it as a six letter word. My sympathies, crossword editor, these things happen to us all.
14 AMELIORATE – OR (soldiers = other ranks) in Amelia + te (note).
16 CRESCENT – Phase of the moon. Cre(w) + scent.
18 TRIPLE – l = line in tripe (nonsense) my favourite clue. Repeated and repeated = three times in all.
20 LINGER – Lingerie less ie (that is).
22 ARMY – (B)army “losing head”.