Posted by Colin Blackburn on March 15th, 2007
After Tuesday’s breeze, for me, today’s puzzle was a nightmare. I bought the paper late, just couldn’t get into the puzzle and ended up having to cheat (TEA) to finish it with two clues still leaving me puzzled. The one big answer didn’t come to me until quite late on despite having a copy of Michael Nyman’s interpretation of it on my CD shelves.
Nimrod is clearly very clever but I just didn’t appreciate it today, this is a puzzle I would have probably cast aside quite early if not for the blog.
|4||BIT — double def.|
|9||TAPIOCA — (CAPITA(l) + O)*|
|10||AXILLAR — MAXILLARY – MY — I got a bit bogged down in trying to fit AXILLAE in and subtract ME rather than MY.|
|11||ELITE — thE LITErature|
|12/13/14/15||THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT — cryptic def. — a work by the neurologist Oliver Sacks, later turned into a piece of music by Nyman. For all its importance in the grid I think the clue let it down.|
|19||TRAVELS — T + RAVEL’S — I liked this clue very much.|
|20||HOSANNA — SAN in (A+NOH)< — noh is a Japanese theatre that crops up now and then in crosswords. The Spanish for saint is San, think of place names.|
|22||MAILBOX — 1 in (LAMB)* + OX — I liked this too, using anagram as an anagram indicator is very cheeky.|
|23||TITHE — T(IT)HE|
|24||HIS NIBS — cryptic def.|
|25||VOCALIC — VO(C+AL)IC(e)|
|26||ONE — ON E — a nice use of “on e” for taking drugs.|
|1||STREAM OF THOUGHT — (FOR TOUGHEST MATH) — I got the anagram, math rather than maths made it obvious, but I’ve not come across the term before.|
|2||OPTICS — double def. — spirit dispensers in pubs.|
|3||COME TO THINK OF IT — (TOOK HINT IF)* in COMET — excellent partial anagram|
|4||BARTOK — BAR(TO)K|
|5||TAKE THAT — double def. — Bartok, Ravel, Nyman and Take That all in one puzzle.|
|6||VITAL STATISTICS — ? — I can see the definition, “The measure of a woman,” but that’s all.
Thanks to BenIngton V + (STATIST in ITALICS)
|7||BLOW PIPE — B(LOW+PIP)E —”Tube that’s offensive” is a nicely hidden definition.|
|8||CROOKED SIXPENCE — CROOKED + (SPECIE)* + ? — I can see bits of this clue and realise that Roman roads weren’t crooked but again I’m stumped.
Thanks to nmsindy. Illegal specie is the definition. The rest is more or less a cryptic definition.
|16||RESPONSE — RE + S(PONS)E — PONS = bridge.|
|17||THAT IS SO — THAT IS + SO — to wit = that is.|
|20||MOTIVE — double def.|
|21||BOTTLE — double def.|