Posted by bensand on March 13th, 2007
A quick start and middle was followed by a gradual slowdown as I picked my way through the bottom left-hand corner. Enjoyed both the fast part and the slower part though.
Still not entirely happy about 5 down, suggestions or improved readings welcome.
|5||RUDOLPH – R + (HOLD-UP)*|
|9||VALUE – VAL(U)E, I always like to see a little Latin in a cryptic (not that I know much)|
|10||VALENTINO – (ANTINOVEL) got 5ac and this before I realised there were a whole slew of linked answers|
|13||LARGESSE – S in (REGALES)*|
|15,17||THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE – The central clue around which the rest of the crossword is constructed but it seems to be a series of references to the other clues without it’s own cryptic element. There was a trick in the “picture produced by x and starring y” though as they’re different types of picture|
|20||PONY – The One Thousand Guineas is a race and taking pony as £25 and a guinea as £1.05 there would be 42 ponies in a thousand guineas|
|22||ALBRECHT – A + L + BRECHT, not sure how common a name Albrecht is but Durer was easier and Brecht is a fairly obvious playwriting compatriot|
|25||SAINT JOHN – The author of the book of Revelation and a single character change from Saint Joan|
|26||DURER – DU(R)E + R|
|26||TEE SHOT – TEES + HOT, an appealing surface and a good split of TEE SHOT|
|1||REVELATION – REV + ELATION|
|2||SPLURGE – SP (L) URGE One of three slangy answers providing a contrast to the biblical and cultural!|
|3||THEREFORE – sounds like “Their four”|
|4||EAVESDROPS – (PASSED OVER)* another seamless surface|
|6||RILL ? – R + ILL for hardly, &lit for a stream smaller than a river. I’m just not convinced about hardly for ill but I suppose in the sense of “ill-treated”, and “treated hardly” it’s ok.
I spent much longer wondering if it was right than solving it though.
|13||TOUCHLINES – TOUCH + LINES. Quick to solve with checking letters in place but now that I look at this clue again I like it more. It reads well and has a nice play on words.|
|16||SELFRIDGE – SEL(L) FRIDGE|
|21||NATCH – (CHANT)*|
|22||PSST – PS + ST, 21 and 22 both made me smile|
|20||COLT – horse and gun. With the central theme and pony at 20ac I had a second look to see if I could find another couple of horses for the quartet of Armageddon jockeys but I can’t find them if they’re there!|