Posted by loonapick on January 19th, 2007
This is my first blog entry for a daily Independent crossword, and I got a nice gentle introduction. This was a comparatively easy crossword (10 minutes to solve) with solid clueing and a selection of & lit.clues.Forgive the terseness of this post, but I have already done an Inquisitor post this morning, and I don’t know how much longer I can convince my boss that I am working on year-end figures, rather than crosswords!ACROSS
1 – BRITISHISM – BRI(this is)*M – nice clue, surface reads well.
9 – CLOVE HITCH – C(LOVE)H-ITCH – another good surface, perhaps a little wordier than absolutely necessary.
12 – TROUSER PRESS – that ubiquitous piece of hotel-room furniture.
15 – ANOMALOUS – AN-OM-A-LOUS(e) – OM being the Order of Merit, an order bestowed by the reigning monarch on individuals prominent in a variety of fields.
17 – INTER – I-N(O)TE-R
20 – ELGIN MARBLES – N in (BM galleries)* – good & lit. clue.
27 – IMPORTANCE – IMPORT A(N)CE
1 – BUCK – BU(i)CK
2 – IDOL – I-DO-L, as in “Pop Idol” and similar TV trash (just my opinion, of course!)
7 – CORRECTION – COR(e)-(e)RECTION – didn’t see the wordplay at first, but it’s obvious.
8 – SONGSTRESS – SON-G-STRESS – the question mark is necessary because “soprano” is not a direct definition of songstress.
11 – APTITUDE TEST – (a putt I)*-DE TEST – originally had this entry wrong (was in too much of a hurry to get this posted). Thanks to nmsindy for the amendment.
14 – CONTAGIOUS – (gusto ICA)* catching ON – again, I think the pedant in me might say that “with” is superfluous, although the surface wouldn’t work without it.
22 – KILN – found backwards in “ovenlike” – good & lit. clue.