Posted by nmsindy on November 24th, 2006
Some tricky clues – solving time 22 mins. Hope setters are not paid by clue, just 24 in the puzzle.
5 GRIN AND BEAR IT anagram of “Britain – danger” with the indicator “making characters jumpy”. Very good surface, relating to topical issues, I guess.
10 ARGENT Hair regularly thinned out = take every second letter i.e. ar + gent = bloke
12 DISOWN Sown = broadcast “Introduced by” Di = woman. Might have been princess pre-August 1997
14 SNAKED S = little son i.e. abbreviation for son + naked. Amusing surface.
19 SINGLE Definition is “One”. sin + gle(e) endless merriment
20 ZENITH Definition is “high point” Zen + it + h (abbrev for hard)
21 MEASURES Elaborate wordplay here. The join between wordplay and definition is between “certain \ amounts” So it’s Quixote = me (the setter) + certain = sure in “starts to act silly” i.e in a s, the first letters of those two words.
1 FITCHEWS This is a new word for me and slowed me up a lot. Fit = suitable chews = things to get one’s teeth into. That’s good.
2 CAVORT v = very + o = old in cart. Nice use of two meanings of lark as it’s the bird I’d pictured first.
3 BEAR DOWN Tip for new solvers (feathers = down is very common in clues for phrases containing down)
13 WORTHIES My favourite clue and the last I solved. Anagram of “Who tries” -indicator “to sort out”. I was trying to make an anagram of “great” and “the” at one stage.
15 KENTUCKY Kent replacing l in lucky. happy = lucky “to let learner leave for English county”
17 TRIAGE “Little good” = g in anagram of “irate”