Posted by tilsit on January 5th, 2007
Posted as the scheduled blog did not appear!
30 minutes (with one error!)
From Paul’s very first appearance, it became clear that he possessed an amazing talent to provide the most wonderful puzzles that make you smile as you solve.
Today’s puzzle was no exception with some laugh out loud solutions to some scintillating clues.
Star was 10,28 which still has me chuckling as I type this. 9 across was another amusing one, though I can imagine some abroad having trouble with that. 16 was another lovely &Lit clue and 21 was from the Nudge Nudge dept, which is a forté of Paul!
My error came with 11, and was oBvious, but I couldn’t see the definition and wriote in Wheel House, which took me a deep thought or two to recognise it.
8 MAGAZINE - Double def – weapon store and OK is a gossipy magazine.
9 ORPHAN Homophone of often. Sean Connery made an appearance a few weeks back in a puzzle as a homophone indicator and it’s HRH’s turn today.
10,26 WIFE SWAPPING Anag of WISE & F (centre of maniFesto) inside WAPPING (the new Fleet Street). Lovely definition - found on the agenda of a liberal party!
11 WHEEL HORSE - HEEL & H (beginning to horrify) in WORSE
12, 14 TOILET TRAINING Cryptic definition (I think!)
15 DEICIDE – one of those words encountered in pub quizzes. Think the defintion is a bit weak here.
20 THANK YOU - Hanky (nice def!) in anag of OUT
23,24 HOLIER THAN THOU – Nice cryptic def
1 CAMISOLE – I fish (I SOLE) under river (CAM)
3 DIMWIT - Hidden
4 SEVENTY - Napoleon here? Check Animal Farm QUIT = EVEN as in Get Even With
5 KOHLRABI – Helmut KOHL – with I BAR rev - Is definition for KOHL OK, now Mrs Merkel is there? I did wonder if this was perhaps a puzzle that had been in the Guardian Ed’s cupboard fora while!
16 LICENTIOUS - LICE (Insects) – move = anag of INTO - Many States = U.S.
19 DUCHESS - Does DU = “From” French or “From the” in French? Probably one of those things dailies can get away with, but a more strict puzzle wouldn’t be allowed.
21 HOOKER - Double def! Need I explain??!!
22 SUNDAE Straight homophone
24,2 TYPEFACE Sort = TYPE and Features = FACE