Posted by nmsindy on December 22nd, 2006
I thought this was going to be reasonably straightforward until I hit stormy weather in the SW corner (points covered in notes below).
Solving time 34 mins (slower than usual for me for Quixote)
4 CHESSMAN Pleasing cryptic definition misleadingly suggesting a boardroom
11 outdrinkING OThers Hidden, playing on the meanings of bar.
14 D = daughter What it must be to get lady, it must be IN LAY. Tricky, and satisfying to work out.
18 DE FERMENT (SW problem No. 1). Distracted for far too long by “deterrent” by the definition “putting off”
20 PASTA Liked this – the lexicographers (well-represented among setters, I’d say) are “off to a good start” because they’ve got past A in their work!
25 ROW in PL (abbrevation for place). A bit slow to get this - would have thought not all prowlers are lecherous, but that’s nit-picking, I guess.
27 READ in THEY
28 T(he)Y (heartlessly) RANT (vociferate)
1 OS + CAR (WILD) E OS outsize = huge is a crossword staple.
3 C (cold) + RUM (drink) in SPY (importing) so you get “another” drink
8 ETON upwards in a down clue. Well-known crossword college.
9 D (Democrat) for R in Relegate (put down, head rolling). Definition is “representative”
13 ASS + MEN in HART
15 LEFT ALONE SW problem No 2 and the biggest. I spent too long looking for a port that might have Co (Company) in it somewhere. The definition is the cunningly concealed “untroubled by company”. So Port is LEFT, individual is ONE and they drink A L a litre. Re the surface reading, that’s a lot of port for one person!
17 GO (try) + TA (army) + HEAD (leader)
22 F A RAD (radiator)
24 (SW problem No. 3) “White ball in cricket? Not right!” It had to be SPOT from the crossing letters but why? I’d to go to my third dictionary (Collins) to find out that SPOT can mean the SPOT BALL in billiards. So my misspent youth was not at that game. Also was slow to see R being removed from SPORT. I was expecting something like “cricket, say” as just one example of a sport.