Posted by linxit on February 21st, 2007
For a while I thought I was going to go sub 5 minutes on this puzzle, but in the end there’s one left that I can’t get. I got the two 15-letter downs straight away, then nearly all the acrosses went in at first glance which gave me most of the downs with all the checking letters in place before I’d looked at them. So pretty soon all I had left was 4dn…no idea!
9 ER(RONEO)US (SURE rev) – I was lucky that I’d seen RONEO recently in another crossword somewhere, as I’d never heard of it until then.
12 O,NT,RUST – Almost put in NO DOUBT here without checking the wordplay, but luckily decided to wait.
14 DILETTANTE (t-talented I)*
15 YARDAGE – double definition
19 UNRULINESS (unless ruin)*
24 BELLINI (I’ll be in)* – I’d always thought Bellini was the name of a composer, but…oh, it is! But the clue’s about this guy.
4 ?O?E ?I?E Looks like a cryptic definition, but even half an hour after solving the puzzle I still can’t think of an answer. [CORE TIME, as explained below by colinblackburn]
6 ECSTATIC (Site at CC)*
17 CASE,BOOK – Examine = case as in the expression “case the joint”, nice clue.
18 (s)IMPLICIT(y) – another good clue. I got the answer from the definition and checked letters before spotting how the clue worked.
21 LAST – obviously! I’ve seen clues similar to this a few times lately.