Posted by bensand on March 21st, 2007
I think I must be getting more used to the Independent and to Dac because this was very quick to solve, especially since the long clues were very clearly signposted and went in first. No complaints though, I enjoyed it and weekday crosswords ought to range from those that are fairly easy for regular solvers to those that lead to chewed nails and dictionary searches. All the clues were fair and accurate but generally the first reading turned out to be the correct one.
|9||STOPPAGE – double definition, smooth surface|
|10||CONFAB – CON + FAB, the last one I got|
|11||PROSIT – PROS + IT. A german toast of the “cheers” sort rather than the bread sort.
The only clue I couldn’t fully justify without checking and lo, “it” is short for Italian vermouth in Chambers! I’m surprised that doesn’t come up more often.
|12||OVERSEAS – sounds like overseize|
|13||MAID OF HONOUR – Not a pastry I’ve come across but as it looked like it had to be a member of a wedding party and as none of the others fitted it was easy enough.|
|19||CO-WORKER – (wore frock)* without the f|
|22||TIRADE – homophone for “Thai raid”|
|23||SCHILLER – S + CHILLER|
|25||TINGLE – wri(ting le)tters, “something sensational” is a physical sensation rather than a melodrama in this case. Tingle was probably fresh in my mind as spine-tingling appeared in the clue two above.|
|2||WATERMAN – “A TERM” in WAN. Only two Sweeney actors it could refer to and I’m old enough to know them.|
|3||TAPAS – this was my favourite clue. Initial letters of first five words and whole definition. Beautifully simple although simple to solve too.|
|4||HEART OF DARKNESS – (thanks readers of)* My favourite clue was followed by my least favourite. The anagram was very clear, one word was even the same, though it was only “of”. I think specifying Conrad makes this a little too easy. In fairness though I’m better at literary references than some other kinds - given an equivalent clue for a musical work I’d probably have heaved a sigh and waited for reinforcements in the form of checking letters|
|5||TIEPOLO – TIE + POLO|
|6||PICKED OUT OF A HAT – double definition|
|15||CRANWELL – C + RAN + WELL|
|17||WORKSOP – WORKS(H)OP, this one had to wait for checking letters. I had no idea where Worksop is but I’m confident now!|
|18||GODIVA – ” GO DIVA!”|