Posted by nmsindy on March 12th, 2007
A pleasing and not too difficult puzzle by Hypnos, one of the occasional setters. Quite a few anagrams among the 22 clues. When I saw the central across clue contained “theme”, I thought the puzzle might have one, like so many recent Indys. But I’ve not seen any. (Later: 1 error – see 18)
Solving time: 19 mins
* = anagram
1 SCRAP (MERC) HANT Merc = Mercedes (car) in (chaps rant)*. Definition is “totter”.
9 TEE M Golfing reference.
12 SUBJECT MATTER Count = matter you see quite often as here
15 I (international) MPOR (Prom)* piano-TUNER
18 IOWA I think. (Later when solution seen: No! It’s COMA from Comanche – definition – state that’s out – as Peter says in comment below, if you can’t understand the wordplay look further – the two vowels make it tricky though – there were similar doubts a few weeks ago with FARE.) I always approach 4-letter words where the two crossing letters are vowels with trepidation as there can be many alternatives. I think the idea is that the native American tribe is the Kiowa, that “out” may mean “knockout = KO” and “not half” is that just the K is needed. I am not totally sure and any 6 down would be welcome.
1 C (R) UT CH Tricky. “Staff” is the definition.
2 SP (EC) Trader ATE City = City of London financial district located in postal district EC. You’ll see it again.
3 SCORES Nice double definition.
6 ENLIGHTENMENT (hint gentlemen)* c. 18th century movement that changed how people saw the world.
13 B (LOW) AW(e) AY Bay = horse
16 THESIS (Shiites)* less i = “heartless” i.e. without its middle letter. Thesis = a person’s view i.e. position here.
17 Walt W(HITMAN).