Posted by rightback on January 5th, 2007
It’s 4am and yesterday’s Guardian hasn’t been blogged yet, so as I have ‘flu and can’t sleep I thought I’d fill the breach. Please excuse any mistakes.
Easier than usual for Paul, I think – I had most of this done in about 8 mins, then slowed down on 10/26ac, 1dn and 8ac. Gave up after 15 mins or so with 8ac blank. Or maybe it wasn’t easier, and I was just cavalier – looking through the clues I realise that there were loads that I wrote in without understanding fully, or even mostly.
* = anagram.
|8||MAGAZINE – double definition. I don’t know why I couldn’t get this. That said, while I might begrudgingly accept that you ‘store’ ammunition in magazines, the title of the magazine is not OK but OK! so I claim a foul on this clue.|
|9||ORPHAN; “OFTEN” as the Queen might pronounce it. See here for a more detailed analysis.|
|10/26||WIFE SWAPPING; F in (WISE)* + WAPPING – a clever definition (“Liberal Party agenda?”). Rupert Murdoch’s News International is based at Wapping in London; the move from Fleet Street led to the Wapping dispute.|
|12/14||TOILET TRAINING; (I LET (= obstacle)) inside TOT (= baby) + RAINING (= wetting things) – this &lit doesn’t work for me as toilet training isn’t an obstacle to stopping a baby wetting things.|
|17/7||NIGELLA LAWSON; (rev. of IN) + GEL (= set) + LA LAW‘S + ON ( = showing)|
|20||THANK YOU; HANKY inside (OUT)*|
|23/24||HOLIER-THAN-THOU – a definition (‘Sanctimonious’) and half a cryptic definition (a pun on ‘holier’). I don’t understand the bit about ‘claim of crusader'; maybe the first definition is meant to be read as ‘Sanctimonious claim of crusader’?|
|1||CAM + I + SOLE – for some reason I had a blank on three-letter rivers and couldn’t remember the word, though I knew it when ‘CAM’ occurred to me.|
|3||hidden in ‘masterminD I’M WIThdrawing’ – Mastermind is a classic British TV show.|
|4||S(EVEN)TY – ‘quits’ = EVEN came quickly so I wrote this in straight away. Napoleon was one of the pigs in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.|
|5||(Helmut) KOHL + rev. of BAR + I – I didn’t know the vegetable kohlrabi so this was an unconfident guess, but BAR was the best I could think of for ‘stick’ = ?A?.|
|6||A + P + PO + IN (= current) + TEES|
|13||LICENTIOUS; LICE + (IN TO)* + US|
|16||DAYBREAK; (BY A DARK [tim]E)*|
|24/2||TYPE + FACE (= features)|