Posted by michod on April 5th, 2007
After Brendan and Virgilius a couple of weeks ago, is this another occasion of the Guardian and Indy setter coinciding? I’m probably wrong as usual, but I believe Paul and Punk are one and the same. Some delightful clues here anyway.
The theme here dropped reasonably early for me, when Harry seemed a good bet for 11 across. Those less familiar with the Rowling oeuvre might have had problems with some of the minor characters.
4. S(N)IFTER. Nicely misleading.
11,1. HARRY POTTER. The author here being Beatrix.
12, 23. PROFESSOR SNAPE. Can’t quite see why, though. Any offers?
13. ROWLING. Nice, if obviously apposite, homonym. Does anyomne pronounce the ‘w’?
15, 10. SIRIUS BLACK. Harry’s kind but misunderstood godfather.
19. MA(CBE)TH. Lovely way to break the word, and a great definition, referring to stage superstition about ‘the Scottish play’.
22. AN CE(n)/STRAL. Switching pole means changing N to S here.
26. RASTA. Slightly odd clue – hidden in ‘foR a STArt’, the definition is ‘he’s black and dreads his’, intended to mean someone who is black and has dreadlocks.
28. DIS SECT. Good charade. Hell = dis is pretty much a given, but ‘cult from hell’ is nice.
19. T Y(CO)ON. That=yon was the unexpected bit, but works.
2. TOPER. REPOT<. Wondered briefly if report was the answer, but that would make ‘and’ redundant.
4. SINU(OU)S. Where in Bayeux= ou. A tricky clue.
8. HATPEG. THE GAP*. Leaving ‘on which cap’ as the definition, slightly feeling the lack of a verb.
14. ROW< M(C)ASTS. Poles used here as a definition for masts, wormcasts those little coiled turds of sand you see on the beach.
16. RICE PADDY. As in Tim Rice, and throwing a paddy.
18. RARE BIT. I think of ‘blue’ meat as very very rare, but does it mean raw? It would have to for this to work.
25,19. DRA(COMA)L(i)F(e)OY. The nasty mean baddie.