Posted by linxit on December 21st, 2006
Solving time approx 20 mins.
I seem to remember the last Taupi was seriously tricky, but this one was OK. A lot of very clever and succinct clues that required a bit of thought, but only one word I didn’t know (23d), and one clue where I couldn’t figure out the wordplay (9a).
1 CORUSCATE (court case)* – nice obvious anagram to start with. I always feel more confident if 1 across goes in straight away.
9 ANGEL – but what’s that about causing one’s suspension? Don’t understand this. [But got it later – AN=one + GEL=suspension]
11 FL(AMBO)Y,ANT – ambo=pulpit was something I already knew from somewhere…
15 TRO(O)PER – O in REPORT rev.
17 EXE,CUTE – I’m not keen on banker=river. Probably the most common and worst crossword cliché.
20 IN,CH(urch) – good clue. I didn’t see through this for a while, even after I had the answer.
22 CANDLEWICK – cryptic definition. My granny used to have a candlewick bedspread.
27 THE,S.E. – more than this=these. Nice one.
2 RIG,MA,ROLE – pretty straightforward, but “to play” is only there for the surface reading.
4 ANODYNE (done any)* – is a painkiller, nothing wrong with that!
8 AL(DEBAR)AN – Alan Ayckbourn is a well-known playwright (although I didn’t recognise the names of any of his plays). Aldebaran is a red giant in the constellation Taurus.
13 MONGRELISE (merge lions)* – one of the last ones I got (mainly because I had it in my head at first that it was a nine-letter word, so I tried to make an anagram of “lions,bats”. Conjured up a weird image in my brain, and proved that you can find absolutely anything on the internet!
23 K,EDGE – easy wordplay, which was just as well because I didn’t know that to kedge is to move a ship (with a small anchor also called a kedge).