Posted by nmsindy on April 5th, 2007
I found this one quite straightforward
Solving time: 11 mins
* = anagram
5 PAL ELY Our old friend see = ely “Coming to the fore” means put “pal” before it.
6 AL (Capone)L OUT A familiar gangster who also appeared in this puzzle a week or two ago. A cricket team has eleven, but they bat in pairs so “ten dismissed” means “all out” as the eleventh man has no partner.
8 PALM SUNDAY (A madly spun)* The Sunday before Easter – the day the puzzle appeared. Rare use of a nounal anagram indicator (puzzle).
14 A (P) RIL (F OO) L Centrepiece of the puzzle which appeared on 1 April. More cricket 00 is a pair i.e. bowled out for no runs in both innings F = female P = quiet
21 BAR B(eer) e’er = ever = always
24 L A GOON L = lake reduced to mininum
2 F(L)OUNDER L = lake again (abbrev)
3 P (LAY) UP
4 PO (Stage) H hop reversed
5 whiP LATER A plater = average horse in, say, selling plate.
9 DOOM-LADEN Doom is hidden in To-DO OMinous so the phrase could be said to be laden with doom
15 A FLAT MAJOR Musical key (Favourite clue)
16 D (ER) AIL The Irish equivalent of the House of Commons (pronounced Doyle)
17 RE LENT
19 TURN ON Defn = make operational Wordplay – if you turn on, you get no (limited number)
22 BO (G) Y