Posted by Colin Blackburn on November 21st, 2006
Solving time : 20-60 minutes (see below).
I spent a lot of time looking at this on the bus but at the end of a 40 minute journey I had just a few answers 15, 23 and 25. I picked the puzzle up again at lunchtime and rattled it off within 20 minutes. So, I’m discounting those first 40 minutes!
The puzzle is a classic Paul affair but with no long anagrams or cross-references, and no obvious theme. There are some groan-inducing clues and some clues which are delights.
|1||HI+JACK — could the inscription in the card have been, “Hello John”?|
|9||CABLE TELEVISION — it is neither the radio nor is it wireless.
I got this answer some way into the puzzle and filled in television. I briefly considered STEAM TELEVISION as a slang term for radio amongst tellyphobes and radiophiles, sadly it is not in the dictionary but neither does it fit the clue.
|10||O(KAY)ED — dictionary always suggests OED as a possibility.
Here Funny Peter is Peter Kay, the northern English comic, originator of Phoenix Nights.
|11,26||PRINTING ERRORS — of course the boobs (ERRORS) could be on any page but the cryptic definition here refers to the photograph of a topless model found on page 3 of some tabloid newspapers.|
|18||D+OLOROSO — heading for drink is D, a drink is OLOROSO (a sherry). The definition here is that little word at the end, sadly. Musical directions such as LARGO, LENTO, PRESTO and, of course, P, PP, F and FF, are usual in fodder but here the direction is the answer.|
|22||GALAXY — axes isn’t a verb but the plural of axis, X and Y are both axes. They sometimes occur, along with Z, as unknowns.|
|24||UNSOPHISTICATED — anag of (pain)T NUDES PISTACHIO.|
|25||SWEATY — anag of WET SAY, what joggers might so horribly get. Very nice clue, especially as a sweaty runner myself.|
|1||H(E+ARK)EN — not a word I’ve come across before but the word play is straightforward enough once you realise that a layer is something that lays (eggs.)|
|7||T+R+OUNCE — excellent surface alluding to the imminent Ashes contest. Oz = OUNCE rather than the Aussies.|
|13||UNDERT+ONE — Where are teeth filed? Not at the dentist’s but UNDER T (think filing cabinets.)|
|16||A(LUM)NUS — a LUM is a chimney (new to me) and as such it blows smoke. The hole is ANUS, making this rather a tits and bums crossword!|
|18||H(SIN)AD (rev) — Mussolini was hanged (or was it hung) upside down, as was the wordplay here.|
|20||SEXLESS — this is my mystery clue. ‘still a virgin’ is at least part of one definition. Is the word play, S(on) + EX (first relationship) + LESS (but) or is there something else going on?
See below: ‘in first relationship’ = EXLESS (Doh!)
|23||LLANO — hidden in reverse. Simple enough but it is worth remembering this classic crossword word, a type of plain.|