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Posted by Colin Blackburn on January 25th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

Solving time : 10 minutes or so.

The obvious theme of this puzzle made a few of the answers very easy to fill in. This sponsored puzzle is printed on a green background just to highlight its greenness. The four long across answers, the obvious ones, were all interlinked theme words. Elsewhere the theme was echoed in other clue definitions and surface readings.

The cluing was consistently good though one or two definitions were a little strained by the thematic considerations. An excellent bonus puzzle providing light relief from the main Scorpion puzzle.

Across
8 GREENHOUSE GASES — (SO HUGE EAGERNESS)*
9 RELEASED — RE(LEAS)ED
10 THESIS — THE+SIS
11 CLIMATE CHANGE — (CHEMICAL AGENT)* — excellent anagram.
13 LODGING — double def. — nice (briefly) misleading surface.
15 CHIMNEY — cryptic def.
18 GLOBAL WARMING — cryptic def.
22 TSK TSK — T(a)SK T(a)SK — even with -S- T-K this was the last answer to go in.
23 NINETIES — (EINSTEIN)*
24 CARBON FOOTPRINT — double def.
Down
1 GREEN — double def.
2 REVEAL — A in LEVER<
3 CHESSMAN — cryptic def.
4 PUNDITS — PUN(DI)TS — DI = Detective Inspector, a rank in the CID.
5 HECTIC — HE+CT+IC
6 WAVE FARM — W(AVE+F)ARM
7 BERING SEA — (GREEN BIAS)*
12 BOYLES LAW — (ALLOWS BYE)* — this answer wouldn’t have been out of place in today’s Times Concise puzzle.
14 GO BY TUBE — GO BY + (BUTE)*
16 HUMANITY — HUM+AN(IT)Y — IT is object here.
17 RAINBOW — R(A1+NB)OW
19 LIKENS — “LICHENS” — though lichens are technically symbiotic compounds of fungi and algae rather than just fungi.
20 NATURE — double def.
21 MEANS — double def.

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