Posted by nmsindy on January 19th, 2007
I found this quite tough – only one clue solved on first run through.
Solving time: 30 mins
* = anagram
1 C (HOO-CH)OO
9 V ENER(v)ATE Curious to add a v = very and take away a v = very enervate = weary (vb or adj). Nothing wrong with it, of course.
10 T(he) RACER “he” avoided i.e. take it out
11 TERMINATOR I now know that this is “the line dividing the illuminated and dark part of the moon or a planet” so it’s ((ligh)T + MOon + TERRAIN)* a very nicely constructed & lit
12 FESS an ordinary (heraldry). Refers to Brunel’s “Iron Ship” the SS Great Britain i.e. FE (Iron) + SS (steamship)
13 BREASTBONE Homophone of two French words “BREST” (the port) and “BEAUNE” (the wine)
22 LOLL(y) Liked that.
26 SURE for t in TREA(t) i.e. TREASURE
3 (THEIR CAROLS less I)* ORCHESTRAL i.e. band’s (adj)
6 ANTI hidden. The syntax spelled out is “MilitANT Individual has” i.e. contains”
8 BE (ERIE) ST Lake Erie = lots of water. Nice &lit though I think the advice is to drink them in parallel.
16 J (AC) O BITE Would have associated JO (Scottish lover) more with advanced puzzles. Supporter of James II (or VII of Scotland).
21 LOOTER RETOOL “for setting up”