Posted by tilsit on March 5th, 2007
Completion Time: 11 minutes (including 3 minutes working out 10 across)
Oh dear. I have thought about this long and hard, went away, downed copious coffees and medication, and came back but I still feel the same.
I have previously been a fan of Math’s puzzles but this just did nothing much for me.
There were a couple of nice clues, but quite a few I had seen before, and coupled with a few anagrams and some trite Cryptic Definitions, the puzzle became something of a chore fairly quickly.
ACROSS ( * = anagram )
6 SPECIFICATION One of the clues I liked, IF APT CONCISE I*
8 AGNOSTIC One I had seen several times before COASTING*. Use of linkword IN ok?
9 YIELDS YES I’D L* Three anagrams in a row!
10 CROMWELL Hmmm…. Would Araucaria use “Some commoners” to indicate COM? Either very clever or not right. My jury is out. COM + WELL (Rise up, as in tears) with R inserted. One of those clues I would describe as “trite” being too clever for its own good.
17 MASH Likewise this one. MA + H with S (CUPBOARDS FINALLY) inserted.
18 ATTEND A + TT (Teetotal = dry) + END
19 CATACOMB CAT (one from Kilkenny = CAT ????) + A COMB
24 OBITUARY If you have died, have you passed, or passed over? I have never heard of the former.
25 MUSICOLOGISTS I am now beginning to lose the will to live…..
1 DEFORMABLE BED FOR LAME*
2/22 LITTLE BO PEEP LITTLE (short) + BOP (Dance) + E + EP (Record)
3 DISC First letters
4/2/14 MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB Love the (factual) definition MHALL was the first thing put on a gramophone record (Could this have been linked to 3 to provide more of a challenge?). Hated the other half of the clue.
6/16/12/20/5 SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE I have seen this cryptic definition so many times before. If anyone is unaware it’s the rhyme “What are little girls made of?”
11 LYRIC Hidden answer
13 DAMP COURSE Another I liked. “Heavy going” relates to horse racing
15 ART FORM Cryptic def.
21 MARKS MAR + K S (Tops of Khaki Shorts)
23 EASE Probably the best clue of the puzzle – There are two E’s in alleviate.
24 OSLO Hidden answer
I am now off for a lie-down in a darkened room. Loonapick, care to join me?