Posted by linxit on January 18th, 2007
We had an excellent night out in London last night with bloggers from here and Pete Biddlecombe’s Times for the Times blog, Tony Sever (RTC2) and a few setters too. A possible side-effect is that this puzzle took me over half an hour this morning! Or maybe it’s quite tough, I can’t really tell.
10 TAI(l),PAN – The taipan is a large Australian snake, and the most venomous land animal in the world.
11 UNDER(TA)KINGS – “men in suits” = kings (i.e. in a pack of cards) is good.
14 DOGS,BODY – not keen on the definition here. Servant maybe, but surely not slave…
17 MY,O=round,SO,’TIS [last six letters not a jumble of "so it is" as I first thought; see comments] – I didn’t know this but the wordplay’s easy enough (or not!). I looked it up afterwards – it’s the name of the forget-me-not genus.
24 NI(HI)L,IS,(sal)T – ought (alternative spelling of aught) = nought = nil.
26 TIP OFF – got this from the definition (alert), but don’t understand the wordplay. [TIP=crown, OFF=high, as in rotten meat. See comments.]
3 SADDUCEES (“sad, you seize”) – the homophone bit only works if you make it the whole word, otherwise the second D isn’t accounted for. Anyway, the Sadducees were the rivals of the better-known Pharisees.
5 COLORADO,SPRINGS – American city located close to Pikes Peak, at the eastern edge of the Rockies.
6 L,ETH(the*),ARGY – L = Lambert is OK, as a lambert is unit of illumination with that abbreviation.
7 (go)BLIN,I – what the Russians spread caviar on.
15 BELLY,FLOP – I really liked this clue, don’t know why.
21 DEFOE – wordplay seems to indicate DEFEO (E,F inside OED, all rev). Am I missing something? [Yes, I was. See comments]
22 A,SIF(t) – last one I got (but only because the second last was 26a so I didn’t have the F, and was thinking of the other sort of riddle.