Posted by tilsit on February 1st, 2007
Apologies for the lkate post – my briadband went down and I couldn’t let anyone know!
Thanks to a very patient BT person (and no thanks to half a dozen complete incompetents), I have just managed to get back on line and all working OK.
Solving time: 39 minutes.
I am a bit under the weather at the moment, and my solving times seem to have gone up, but this did seem quite a tricky puzzle. The two big clues were not obvious phrases and that made life none too easy. However, it didn’t detract from the enjoyment and evenutally things fell into place.
1 PUCKER – This was one of the last clues I solved, while watching Jamie Oliver on a recording of Top Gear. Homophone PUKKA / PUCKER = to purse as in lips
4 PRIORESS RIO in PRESS
9 NORDIC hidden answer
10 AGRIMONY ON inside A GRIMY
11 LABOUR INTENSIVE – anagram
13 PATHE – Another head-slapper – completely threw me yet everything was there – and yes, I am old enough to remember PATHE News!
18 WINNIPEG Not sure about this clue – and would welcome suggestions! W = Wife Singl measure of spirits = NIP and then I lose it!
19 PAL UP The news of the passing of the setter Crispa reminded me that one of her favourite anag indicators was “Dicky” meaning faulty.
20 GROSVENOR SQUARE – Anag of Governor’s plus SQUARE = old fashioned.
25 ROSSETTI – SET in ROSTI
26 OKAYED – O = Old + homophone of (Jack) CADE
1 PENELOPE Writer = PEN + East European – E POLE (rev)
3 EPICUREAN Anagram of A U Recipe + N = Noon. Probably the weakest clue for me, a bit contrived.
5 RIGHT WINGER – A Right Whinger without aspiration (H) – Lovely clue!
6 ORION – I + ON after OR (Gold)
7 EMOTIONAL E + MOTION + AL ( “almost” everyone)
12 INDEPENDENT – Enough said!
14 TRICORNES CORN inside TRIES
16 PIP SQUEAK – Philip = PIP confess = SQUEAK
17 APPENDED – A P P = A couple of pages – ENDED = called it a day.
21 VENUE – AVENUE minus A
22 AGONY – Go inside A NY = a state
Thanks to Dac for a stiff challenge!