Posted by nmsindy on November 30th, 2006
This was hard by Indy daily standards – and there’s one I don’t understand and fear I missed – any guidance welcomed! Solving time (if I’ve got it!) 60 mins (way longer than normal)
* = anagram
1 INTELLIGENTSIA (elitist-leaning)* The first clue in the puzzle (and my favourite clue!). Excellent.
10 OUTFITTER Out + fitter Had never heard of studly before (even thought it might be a misprint) but it’s in the dict!
15 TOP-LEVEL Very hard. Remove the third letters from each of Topple veal.
16 BLOTTO Liked this l in botto(m)
20 LITERATI lite + rati(on) “cut by a third”
27 BACTERIAL This is all reversed lair etc (the rest) a b
28 ANTIMONARCHIST A n Tim arch (chief) is t(beginning to turn)
2 NOTEPAPER Indirect anagram just about within bounds (*one tear + pp = pages) 14 is MEMORANDUM.
5 GERBIL House = LIBRA (sign of the Zodiac) without a say = e.g. on rising (all up in a down clue)
8 ASYMPTOTICALLY A “stinker” Put MA in the middle of that word and you have “how infection may lurk”
9 BOPHUTHATSWANA Stinker number two. bop + hut + hat + wan in SA
17 TRAPEZIUS Rising means it’s all upwards Size around tip of ulna i.e. u + part = partially
21 GIBBON Also “set up” as in previous clue nob + big
25 The one I’m not sure of I’m guessing MESH from the definition but do not get the wordplay.