Posted by nmsindy on January 12th, 2007
Top half much harder than bottom half for me, especially because the long phrase in 11 across was new to me.
Solving time, 25 mins
* = anagram
1 IN CUB A TOR Tricky – only got it near the end
11 LOVE’S YOUNG DREAM Eventually worked it out from the anagram (MY NERVOUS OLD AGE)*. Not sure if it’s a well-known phrase – a quick Google search turned up one of Moore’s Melodies and an association with Shirley Temple. Good surface.
13 LON(don) + ELY = see (a crossword staple – bishopric)
14 EX + CITED
19 BAN + AN + A Favourite clue
23 CHAR + T(erm)
24 ALTER + CAT + E (energy)
1 HILLSIDE Excellent cryptic definition – last clue I solved. From the line of the song “We’ll keep a welcome in the hillside”.
3 PRUNE + LLA (ALL reversed)
8 C(O(duck)+V(very small)ES i.e. SEC = dry (reversed). Very tricky.
15 C + (Peter)HAIN + SAW Note the Conservative and politician are separate, so it does not have to be a Con politician.
16 DRACHMAE (ARCH MADE)* Greek currency now superseded by the euro. Plural can end in -e or -s or even -i, the anagram letters tell us which.
18 SH + IF before TIER (a row). Liked that.
20 B (second-rate) + OGOT A (A TOGO “on the up”)
22 D (diamonds – cards) + ICE (diamonds).