Posted by linxit on January 22nd, 2007
Solving time – about 7 mins
I counted 11 cryptic definitions and 5 double definitions in this puzzle, which seems a bit excessive – and makes it very easy if your brain’s working in the right mode.
1 MAJOR,CA – strangely, I don’t think I’ve seen this clue before although it looks pretty obvious. CA = accountant is a standard device for beginners to watch out for.
9 AR(TI,STI = it + its rev)C – nice clue, with the two reversed words handled well in a convincing surface.
12 LIQUEUR GLASS – cryptic def. For a boozer like myself who naturally thinks of the drink before the monk, this was a gimme!
15 INUNDATION (in and out in)* – great anagram, with “swirling” the perfect indicator.
26 THUMBS – another cryptic definition, which I didn’t get straight away. This and 21d were the last two I put in and added a minute to my time.
28 SLEIGH (“slay”) – bit of an old chestnut. I must have seen this clue and variations on it at least a dozen times.
1 MO(A)B – populace = mob is okay I suppose. Moab is now in Jordan.
2 JUTE – double definition – the Jutes invaded and settled in Britain in the 4th century AD.
4 AD,I.E.,U – another one for beginners. U = socially acceptable, posh, upper class etc. you might also see non-U meaning the opposite.
6 A,WEIGH (“way”) – as in the song Anchors Aweigh.
7 HOD-CARRIER – I was a bit puzzled at first when I had H?D, but then remembered that a stretcher can also be a type of brick.
11 DUGOUT – double definition: canoe or covered hole in the ground.
18 GYMKHANA (haymakng)*
21 TEABAG – nice cryptic definition that was hard to spot from just ?E???G.
25 A,N,ON=no rev.