Posted by tilsit on January 23rd, 2007
Solving time: 26 minutes
A nautical theme for today’s puzzle with lots of linked answers and clues. This was very much a puzzle of 10 minutes of staring blankly, followed by 16 of furious writing as the answers unfolded. As usual, excellent clueing with one or two nice devices thrown in (19 and 23 across).
6 OUNCE - Where would crossword compilers be without the American wild cat?
8 CHAIN - IN following CHA
9 MOO - MOOD minus D
10 TAR - Is this a1.5 definition clue? Salt = TAR and TARTAR is something to cause dental trouble.
12 LASER - Homophone LAZER - I did wonder whther this clue should have had a question~mark after it to show the homophone is a little bit dodgy?
13 EXHALES - I was bothered about this def s I presumed EXHALE to just mean “breathe out”, rather than “gives off”, but Chambers does seem to support it.
15 IN THE DOLDRUNS Def - Down - The Doldrums is an area of wetahe rphenmenom http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/archive/nino/global.html
19 - ABSINTH – Cracking clue with a nice device – the lisp!
21 ONTARIO – As usual Virgilius alwaus manages to hide answers cleverly
23 LENIN - Another nice clue – “the next square after three” definine NINE which is reversed after L
26 WINDS - Double def.
27 EERIE - Connected to Lake Ontario is Erie and 20 (SOUND) indicates a homophone.
1 BOATMEN - O inside BATMEN
2 VESSEL - Another hidden
3 CARDINAL POINTS - CARDINAL (Religious Leader) - POINTS (HEADS) - DEFINITION = Main quarters i.e. on a nautical compass.
4 ONE-LINER - Double def, A ship and of course a joke.
5/18 ROARING FORTIES – Two cryptic definitions! Loudly demanding restrictions (ROARING FOR TIES)
7 NORTH AND SOUTH - The Mrs Gaskell novel.
8 CROSSED THE LINE - Nautical reference – going from North to South you cross the line (The Equator)
9 MASTER MARINER - Young Silas - MASTER MARNER with I in it. Another nautical clue
16 HAND DOWN - Pass over (definition) crewman (HAND) depression (DOWN)
17 CAPSTAN - Give Stan a cap = “put him in a team”
21 TANKER - I couldn’t make my mind up whether this was TANKER OR TANNER but have settled for the former – can’t find TANNER as a ship. I have heard of TONKING as to defeat someone, but Chamber doesn’t exactly define it.