Posted by nmsindy on April 23rd, 2007
Lots of references in this, but I found it fairly straightforward, with no major problems. Enjoyable puzzle. (Thanks, Peter, for pointing out below that some of the names are the real names of some of the most eminent setters across all publications)
Solving time: 16 mins
* = anagram
9 AL L (EX-PENS) (ES P)AID Things to remember gangster = Al (Capone) former = ex, writer = pen
11 CORUNDUM (Run-DMC + duo less d)*
15 RI (F) LE One shot = something that is shot.
17 Germaine GR E ER George VI and Elizabeth II
18 RENO A clue to a clue? Middle of foRENOon
22 GR A HAM A = opening in Antigone Graham Sutherland, the artist.
26 TREBLES Dart board
27 EDSEL (Leeds)* A Ford car from the 1950s.
1 CHAS M Chas & Dave, singers
2 SILENT TREATMEAT (Tinsel)* with its anagram indicator. Sent to Coventry = ostracised.
3 Colin (co)DE X TER(m) who wrote the Inspector Morse books (and a big crossword fan, featuring in AZED competitions)
5 UNSPORTING (Ponting’s ru)* That’s not cricket = unfair In these days when everything is appealed, I wonder if that usage is out-of-date.
6 RES (as in des res) CUERS A cracking clue – my favourite
7 STAND OF FISH NESS Remember loch = ness
8 A DAM BED E Book by George Eliot. The opposite or on the contrary often means, as here – Put B in A not A in B.
20 GREASE 1970s film musical set in the 1950s
25 O DES O Des Lynam, I think.