Posted by nmsindy on April 2nd, 2007
I found this one very tough and there are some where I do not fully understand – some confirmed by a theme spotted late on – I refer to this after the clue explanations. (Thanks, Colin, in his notes 1 and 2 below, for explaining 4 and 5 down.)
Sovling time: 40 mins
* = anagram
6 OV U LATE “of ewe”
9 A TO P High is definition – theme helps to confirm – think it may be A = note on = to p = piano
11 STAIR ROD Rod Stewart – pop singer.
20 STAR (WAR) S Star = rush = plant
23 SUCKING PIG (picking Gus)*
26 NOVA cf Avon cosmetics
27 DEL TA (Volunteeers = Territorial Army, used a lot)
28 OWN GOA L (won)* Goa = Indian province, also used a lot L = league
1 SUPPLI (CAT) Es
3 A (EO) N EO = Old game i.e. game once. Theme helped me here.
4 NARROWER, I think. Do not understand the wordplay which hints at the theme. (Explained by Colin below)
5 EDGE It’s a marge as in margin, but again I don’t get the wordplay – a word meaning heath with first and last letters off? (Yes, well, almost, explained by Colin below)
16 UNSOUND It means weak – it’s hidden in there. Think OTT is suggesting the whole phrase is more than the actual hidden answer.
17 AR (MEN) IAN Definition is “of W. Asian etc”
21 wAN GINA
24 KALE Cabbage = cole Soaring i.e. reversed Note E L left A (centre from Nat), K = king
25 (s) POOR
Theme: look at the edges of the grid A well-known cricketer (5,5) and a well-known cricket trophy (5) shown twice.