Posted by michod on April 24th, 2007
Took me about 20 minutes, except for the last two clues, which I feel could take another week. Offers welcomed for 13 across and 22 down. What with these, and several dictionary words I guessed, I’d call it medium hard in the new classification system. And Ximenean in parts – but then, I didn’t know I was a Ximenean until I read my profile! Maybe we need some new terms to describe our attitude to ideological conflicts such as whether different wordplay functions can be combined in one word, and whether Labour leader can equal L. Indeedies? Gatesheadites?
5. FLAG RANT. The use of ‘with’ allows the charade to be reversed – either side can be ‘with’ the other.
10. LEA(RN)T. A pretty obscure word for a water channel, ‘leat’ is more familiar in advanced cryptics.
11. OVERWHELMING. R WHEEL MOVING*.
13. No idea. Is RECK a Scots retreat, and can WRECK mean strike? Not really.
14. LATRINES. CD. Last one I got. Somewhere I had a vague idea that ‘head’ was a naval word for a latrine – turns out to be true.
17. VEND ETTA (TATE*).
20. PORT LAND BILL. Nice clue. The first ‘on’ is slightly redundant, but you can read it as PORT with LAND on.
23. BOW(E)LS. Don’t see the need for ‘their’ in the surface or wordplay.
24. ENTRAILS. SENT by RAIL, with the S last. Very clever.
26. RHESUS. Ref blood groups.
3. UN(FROCK)ED. It looked like it might be unclothed, but that didn’t quite work, so I held out for a better answer, fortunately.
4. T ASSET. Another guess, confirmed post facto.
5. FAR EWELL ADDRESS. Not everyone will be familiar with this town near Epsom, but it can be deduced from the other wordplay elements and definition.
6. AILMENTS. (TERMINALS* – R). A possibly unximenean but, to my mind, quite fair, use of ‘outright’ to mean ‘without R’, which seems fine here.
8. NO-NONSENSE. Ref Edward, not King.
12. HERE TOFORE. (FOOTER*) Another clue in which a word has to be split to make it work – ‘hearsay’ meaning ‘sounds like here’.
16. STEAPSIN. “Hmm, sounds like soaks in… steeps in? Could there be an enzyme called ‘steapsin’. Oh good, there is”.
21. THE IR. Ref The Inland Revenue, but I’m not quite sure what ‘traditional’ adds.
22. I’m sorry, I haven’t a cleu. Or a clou? Any offers?