Posted by nmsindy on December 5th, 2006
I pencilled BURDEN in over-confidently for 8 Across. This delayed me. Solved in just under 20 mins, a bit slower than usual for Virgilius, where a theme usually becomes clear to help the solver along. I think this theme is so obvious that I need not mention it.
* = anagram
1 FAT ALIT countr(Y)
8 PIGEON Double defn
11 LIE EG (chess)MEN
12 SIXPENCE Very clever. D-day is not 6 June 1944 but Decimalisation Day in 1971. The sixpence coin (tanner) was half of a shilling, equivalent to 2.5 new pence. Very small, hence football cliche that remains – “turn on a sixpence”. I may be wrong in this, but I have a suspicion that the sixpence did not go on D-day; that, after a pressure campaign, it was kept on for a while longer. VI = 6 P = pence, though strictly that sixpence was old money, so may it should be VID. However this is the wordplay element so I’d allow that licence.
21 HONE + D in YEW
24 INFER + ROI (French for King) (reversed)
25 S + A LUTE
26 TWO-TIMES My favourite clue – Two-times multiplication tables are the easiest. Is deceptive = second definition (Two-timing)
2 DE (successive notes on the scale A to G) + COMPOSE
4 FOUR-LETTER-WORDS Got this straight away – the four words that comprise the clue are examples too.
6 L on ISLE (Man, for example, i.e. Isle of Man, v common in crosswords)
7 TENNERS “Tenors”
14 EIGHTFOLD (of delight)*
15 HINDUISM U in (his mind)*
20 EVENS (chance of heads – in tossing a coin) + O