Posted by tilsit on January 15th, 2007
Solving time: 43 minutes
I rushed to the paper this morning to see who would be the author of today’s challenge and was surprised to spy a new name Bannsider. First thought is to the identity of our new tormentor and I wonder if it could be a Listener setter and genius solver. I then start to look at the puzzle and all notions of a gentle Monday stroll are quickly evaporated.
This was a fine example of a contemporary puzzle with some excellent clues. Once again the Indy Crossword Editor is to be commended for finding another talent. Witty (and risqué!) clues mixed with some contemporary references. More please!
1 FEVERFEW – Heat = FEVER – in short supply – FEW
6 ABBA – Only grumble with the puzzle from a pedantic point of view. Are Abba Swedish or Swedes?
9 CINDERELLA – Nice cryptic rewrite of the fairytale.
10 REID – A cracking clue that would probably win first prize in an Azed contest. Lovely & Lit. Minister = (John) REID concerned with passports, etc. RE – I.D. Of course this may be quickly out of date, given his present embarrassments!
11 TRUE – Alternative letters in To Re UsE
12 TROPHY WIFE Another nice definition – anagram of HYPER-FIT WOMAN minus MAN
13 PARAFFIN – Pop = PA fliers = RAF + IN with F inside.
15 THE FLY – One of the two clues to hold me up though I could see the answer. Eventually parse it as HE in T + FLY (as in to shoot off)
16 MONROE Nice to see eggs not equalling OVA, but ROE for a change. Sun’s successor = MON followed by TUE (Groan!)
20 MAILED FIST – as in “Velvet glove in…” Another where I saw the soloution but had trouble parsing, MAILED = post. Never heard of DUKE = fist, but confirmed by Ms Bradford’s red opus. Simon Straphanger might have had trouble with that one.
21 PELE – Laugh out loud clue! Slash = PEE with L inside.
22 ROAN – Archbishop = ROWAN (Williams) minus W. Would predecessors have been know by first names George, Robert, etc. Think I am being picky.
23 READING AGE – READ + IN + GAGE (plum)
24 ENS – Where have I seen this before? Saturday he replied!
25 PLUS First one I entered and for a while was wrong. Entered TICK, but of course things proved me wrong!
26 HISSY FIT – The first recorded sight of this in a puzzle? Unless of course you know better! Nice anagram.
3 EDDIE – Mr E Edwards – a former British sportsman – Discuss.
4 FIRST OFFENDERS – Clever double definition FIRST OF FENDERS = Lead Guitars
5 WALLOON – New top for swell – Change the first letter of BALLOON to get a famous Belgian.
6 ARROWHEAD – Anagram of HARDWARE plus O = Disc.
7 BRIMFUL – Definition = BRIMFUL – Anagram of FIRM inside BUL(K) “cut down weight”.
8 BASH STREET KIDS – One for the memory bank – from the Beano – Party = Bash / Kids = Jokes Street – Way
14 AIRPLANES – Craft = Airplanes / Anagram of PANESAR plus I
18 SPINACH – SPIN doctors + reduced pain ACH(E)
19 ALLEGRI – ALL + E + GRI (George Rex I)
21 PEGGY – Another that held me up – PeoplE GoinG – on vacation (i.e. empty in the middle) + Y.
A most impressive debut, now please ensure that the follow up is as good!