Posted by nmsindy on December 1st, 2006
This has all I’ve learnt to expect from a Phi puzzle. Perfectly worded clues, credible surface readings, variety, and a satisfied solver at the end. I solved it in 15 mins.
* = anagram
1 PARKINSON’S LAW “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”.
Coined in the 1950s, with echoes of laws in physics re gases. And, as anyone working in an office will tell you, many a true word is spoken in jest. “Almost” stopping = parkin(g) with last letter off + (lass now)*
10 BOWDLER Excellent surface. Duck at outset = first letter d in bowler. From the man who produced expurgated versions of the Shakespeare plays and the word’s gone into the language generally.
12 PLAY UP lay in pup Misleading because my first thought was a word meaning “bet”
13 DOOR Do = party + OR (Other Ranks) – a crossword staple
18 RESILIENCE RE (Royal Engineers – more soldiers familiar to solvers) + i in silence.
25 INDIANA Indian = of Asian country foremost in Asia = its first letter A. Definition is State (of the US).
26 IRON MAN New to me, this, apparently originated in Australia, series of sporting events, but the wordplay was straightforward. What flattens = iron + man(y) = lots
27 NORTHALLERTON In North Yorkshire. (to holler ‘n’ rant)* Hope some local worthies, not appreciating the cryptic crossword, do not see the clue.
1 PENDULOUS Tricky enough pen = son (v well-known to solvers – short for penitentiary) + dul(l) + ous(t) - “Nearly all reject” The definition is the single word “hanging”
4 SUBS Though main = sea is crossword cliche, this was one of my favourites in the puzzle. Subs meaning sub-editors and submarines in the two contexts.
5 NEW BLOOD Double usage again here (the stage and the operating theatre). Wondered though if this was close to breaking the normal convention of keeping serious diseases etc out of the grid.
8 STAGE DIRECTION (Get actor inside)* A wonderful &lit from the master i.e. the whole clue works as definition and wordplay.
15 DECEPTIVE d = daughter + (r)eceptive “Not right = r”
16 ANCHORMAN Another v good surface. (monarch)* + an
17 SLAPDASH PDA in Slash
24 PAUL Paused with this, then saw it U = university in China = mate = pal