Posted by nmsindy on April 12th, 2007
This was very tough indeed, some less than familiar phrases, finally tracked down, with some real gems when all became clear.
Solving time: 45 mins
* = anagram
8 CUTTING BOTH WAYS “Was saw this?” As good a clue as you could wish to see. Was = saw (reversed) and what a saw does.
14 IDEA OF REFERENCE A fear that people are referring to you when they are not. Black’s Directory is what the clue means, I think.
16 BRA IN CELLS Think I can say it now, as anyone entering would have sent their entry in, but this idea was also used by Nimrod in last Sat’s prize puzzle where I’ve a blog drafted to go up after closing. Rhyming slang for breast.
17 R(IS)E LATE Relate = marriage counsellers. Burlington Bertie “rose at ten thirty”. Old song.
18 ACK-ACK Cockney (h)ack. Bow typifying London.
21 JOHNNY FOREIGNER Another gem. Johnny = condom = French letter.
4 ABSOLUTE ALCOHOL (Lola so touchable)* Used in cosmetics.
5 ST ET An instruction from Latin to ignore a correction and let the original text stand i.e. Let it be, which is a Beatles song. Ultimately gives the last letters ST and ET is a film well known to solvers.
6 TWO-HO R(S)E (howto)* steedS in mid-StREam
7 MYSTERY CUSTOMER Used to test efficiency of staff esp in service industries.
13 DEEP SECRET I think, a clam being found in the sea = deep
17 RE SIGN “Sign on the dotted line”#2 = number two i.e. do it again.
19 KEYS Refers to typing.