Posted by nmsindy on February 8th, 2007
No major problems with this, which had some clever ideas.
Solving time: 12 mins (fast for me)
* = anagram
1 BUCK Double definition
11 SHAM (BL) E BL was British Leyland
12 Martin SCOR(S)ES(E) Film Director S = Soprano E = European
13 (mi)STRESS ”Woman kept” usually reversed M1 is one of the measures of the money supply going from M0 right up to M5.
21 ANTHEM Clever – a cryptic definition drawn up to look like a standard definition/wordplay clue. (Not so, thanks colinblackburn for explaining it – see below)
22 BOA TRACE
24 (BONK-LIT)* i.e, INK BLOT Used in the Rorscach test to identify personality traits and disorders.
25 INC(ENS)E Ens = being. In my edition a picture and article on Paul INCE helpfully appears on the adjoining page (in the football section)
26 M (IN) ISERIES Victor Meldrew the archetypal MISERY
2 C(HERO)OT TOC = train operating company “going up”
4 LOCK SMITHS (an 1980s Indie band)
7 T (ABLE) AU “Fit in” is cleverly misleading.
9 PIN (S AND) NEEDLES The novelist George SAND for E (drug) in PINE NEEDLES, I think,
14 GUILLOTINE Cryptic definition (Bean = head). Struck me as just slightly strained.
18 CATSKIN Hide (skin) from Queen perhaps (a type of cat) CATKINS with the S (sun) ”risen”
23 STAR STAR(buck) i.e. one = one across here – ref Starbuck’s chain of coffee shops