Posted by petebiddlecombe on February 16th, 2007
Solving time: about 38 minutes.
Timing is a bit rough – I was traversing London by train and tube, and there were various interruptions for changes. There is some kind of theme here, but I don’t fully understand it. Part of my slowness was down to a slip on 8D and the odd other red herring (laughter).
All across clues except those in the first row are shades/types of red.
|1||FOUR-POSTER – I get the “framework for the rest of the gentry”, but the stuff about 1AD I can’t fathom.|
|7||CRIB – 2 meanings in the clue, but some extra stuff about “under which suspiciously to seek”|
|19/30||CRIMSON LAKE – (Simon Clarke)*|
|20||STAMMEL – (EMMA,T.S.)<=,L|
|31||ROSANILINE – (on airlines)*|
|3||RAITA – pun on “writer”. I was tempted by TIKKA / “ticker” for a while, and RAITA /”rater”, which doesn’t work.|
|4/29||ONE MAN – ref. “One man went to mow” – one of those nursery songs with ever-increasing numbers in it|
|6/28||ROO,BAR – bounders being kangaroos, and walkabout a pointer to Oz.|
|8||IRENA – two slip-ups here – first seeing SIREN as “lady”, which I think is excusable, then seeing IRENE which is just plain incompetent.|
|13||TOASTER – (rotates)* – the father being a toaster as he proposes a toast. I was a bit confused by the kind of toaster the bride and groom might receive as a gift.|
|23||UTICA – hidden|
|24||SENSE = “cents”|
|26||INDOL – (in old)* – it’s a chemical compound of some kind.|