Posted by Colin Blackburn on April 27th, 2007
This one was unusually tough for me, though perhaps that’s to be expected on a Friday and from Nimrod. I felt a little short-changed at only having 22 clues, though at least that means I have less to write for this blog entry. I was introduced to a neologism, though on googling it seems its a well-used term. Some of Nimrod’s excellently misleading definitions made this an enjoyable puzzle once the answers dawned, though a couple of inexplicable word plays marred the puzzle slightly.
|5||FILM CLUB — MC in (BULL+IF)< — bull is a sign of the zodiac, MC Hammer was a ridiculously pantalooned rapper.|
|8||OUTBOX — double def. — outbox is where work is put one it’s done.|
|9||SUPERSUB — SUPER+SUB — a new word for me even though it seems widely used in sports reporting. ‘smashing U-boat’ is excellent word play, unbalancing the clue to mislead.|
|10||EXEUNT — EX+(TUNE)*|
|11||ANYBODY’S GUESS — (GAY SON DEBUSSY)* — great anagram.|
|12||HORSESHOE BATS — ? — this clue initially threw me as I thought ‘nutty hangers-on’ might be the definition, referring to birds found on a nut feeder. I thus tried to force PENDULINE TITS to fit the word play. They’re not the most common tits and they may not even be true tits but the sequence LINE = string gave me some hope. A few checking letters later I gave up and realised that nutty = BATS and hangers-on was the overall, and very good, definition. I can also see HOE = ‘edge around garden’ but I’m otherwise lost.
HORSES+HOE+BATS, see Peter’s first comment.
|14||SPONSORED WALK — EROS< in S(POND)WALK — great word play. SWALK = sealed with a loving kiss, ie a message from a valentine. Pond = Atlantic.|
|17||YEMENI — (ENEMY)*+I — republican can pretty much refer to the national of any country described as a republic, as Yemen is.|
|18||TOWN HALL — (NOW)*+H in TALL|
|19||TUT-TUT — ? — I can see TU comes from Tue cut short with T for Times being added? Can anyone help?
TU+TT+UT, see Peter’s second comment.
|20||NORSEMEN — N+(h)ORSEMEN|
|1||VICUNA — VI(C+UN)A — I resisted the temptation to write in ALPACA without checking the word play.|
|2||AMBERY — (R+MAYBE)*|
|3||ET CETERA — C in TET< + ERA — ‘and the rest’ is a great definition here, getting lost in its surface meaning.|
|4||SO-AND-SOS — SO+AND+S.O.S.|
|6||LOSE ONE’S SHIRT — cryptic def.|
|7||BOBBY CHARLTON — BOBBY+CHARLTON — Charlton Athletic is a South London football club.|
|8||OWEN GLENDOWER — O+WENG(LEND+OW(n))ER — Wenger is Arsenal’s manager.|
|12||HESPERUS — HES(PERU)S — the name for Venus when it appears as an evening star.|
|13||ROOMETTE — (TO ME)* in ROTE|
|15||AT HEEL — THE in LEA<|
|16||KILLER — K+ILLER|