Posted by tilsit on February 22nd, 2007
Solving time: 55 minutes (including 35 minutes of staring at a blank grid)
I nearly had a relapse with today’s puzzle. It felt odd because usually with Virgilius, I can wade in, savour the brilliance of the clues, discover some hidden theme and leave smiling.
That just didn’t happen today. Sure enough, there are some lovely clues, but the overall feel doesn’t seem to be that of a normal V puzzle. Maybe 1 across was the hidden theme, in that it was a straightforward puzzle. Perhaps I have just been spoilt recently.
Can I also take the chance to thank everyone for the comments received
on the puzzle with Nimrod on Tuesday.
ACROSS *= ANAG CD= CRYPTIC DEF REV = REVERSAL
1 STRAIGHTFORWARD This clue had me flummoxed as to how to parse it right up to five minutes ago. Frank’s = def. Channel = STRAIT (Homophone) Supporting Political Division = FOR WARD
9 LIAISON an oil is* - not sure about the def here “Part of sauce” is obviously the def.
10 NOT HALF CD
11 THE INVISIBLE MAN CD Nice clue
12 NURSELING NURSE + LING two fish making a smaller one. I don’t feel happy about the idea that A + B = a version of A.
15 PLANT PLANT + T
16 INGLE SINGLE without S
17 PANATELLA TAN (rev) in PAELLA
18 INTERVENTIONIST Not 100% sure about this – I think it’s simply INTERVENTION + IT’S*
22 IWO JIMA (Lucky) JIM in IOWA*
24 MELODIC LO in MEDIC strain = music in this def.
24 ENTENTE CORDIALE NATION REELECTED* – nice apposite anag and clue
1 SPLIT INFINITIVE CD clever! 10/10!!
2 READE READE(R) - Can’t say i have heard of an author called Reade - only Miss Read.
3 INSINCERE Hidden answer BargaIN SINCE REjected… Virgilius is the master of the hidden clue.
4 HANOI H = Middle of “Nowhere” + IONA (rev)
6 RATEL Another hidden witha cryptic def. Where would setters be without the honey-bear?
7 ALARM CALL CD Didn’t like this clue at all.
8 DEFINITE ARTICLE CD it’s not “A” = definition SURE THING = two defs
13 RIGHTMOST Title = RIGHT (?) + first letters of Match…. team
14 IMPRECATE I + MP = Current representative = CREATE*
15 PATROLLED PAT + ROLLED
19 REIGN G in REIN
20 TEMPO Hidden answer
21 INDIA Lovely clue Communicating with control tower, I = definition. I in the phonetic alphabet is INDIA