Posted by linxit on March 27th, 2007
Solving time: roughly 15 mins in total, although work intervened a few times. It’s the first time I’ve solved a Logodaedalus puzzle, so I didn’t know what to expect. This one seemed quite approachable though, and I’ve only got issues with a couple of the clues. Most were quite straightforward, so there’s not a lot to write about.
9 MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD – the (6-2-3-4) gives it away, but what have crossword setters got against cats lately? We had DEAD CAT BOUNCE as the Nina in the Times RTC the other day too.
11 GUN,P.O.W.,DER=red rev. – but where’s the definition? “With a loud bang”? That doesn’t work for me – put it in a sentence as a replacement: “The bomb went off gunpowder”…
14 (s)UNHAT – not a word I’d ever come across before, but the meaning and wordplay are clear.
18 UNPEOPLED (end up,pole)* – took me far too long to work out what the anagram fodder was here.
2 MIDDLE-AGE SPREAD – inside=MIDDLE, condition=AGE, feast=SPREAD
7 BLOODTHIRSTIEST – (shirt I)* inside BLOOD TEST. 15-letter one-word answers are sometimes hard to get but I spotted this straight away.
8 DID,EROT=tore rev. – Denis Diderot, French writer.
13 TO(WE,LET)TE – is that one of those moist paper towel things?
15 S,CUPPER – I don’t like this one. A cup of tea is a cuppa, not a cupper.
17 SC,HIS,MS – sc is short for scilicet, Latin for “that is to say”.