Posted by tilsit on May 3rd, 2007
Solving Time: 14 minutes
I picked this up while munching on my Wheatybangs and thoroughly enjoyed it. Orlando is, one of the setters on the Graun that is taken for granted; his puzzles contain lots of current cultural references and a nice degree of wit, very similar to Dac in the Indy every Wednesday. Another feature of Orlando is that his anagrams are usually very apposite, and sometimes not easy to detect.
This was a most enjoyable and amusing challenge.
The Indy has just come hurtling through the door. I take a crafty look at who
today’s setter is……. Thank goodness I got the Graun today to blog, otherwise I’ll be probably still be solving it at half eleven tonight.
ACROSS (* = ANAGRAM (R) = REVERSAL def= DEFINITION)
1 PARE DOWN This was actually the last clue I solved and I am not 100% sure whether it is a cryptic def or P (Power) + AREAD (SWAY) + OWN??
5 PRIZES PRIES with z (The Mark of Zorro) inside
9 SUNBONNET UN B (A Parisian Bishop) in SONNET
11 TABOO Forbidden (def) expressions of gratitude and disapproval (TA +BOO)
12 COLONEL BOGEY Colon (Yes, there’s one there!) + EL (The Spanish) + BOGEY (A golfing score)
15 OBOE O = Love (as in tennis) + BOE (Odd letters of “broker”)
16 ASTOUNDING T (Time) inside A SOUNDING = measurement of depth at sea
18 BUDDY HOLLY BUDDY = Friend and HOLLY = companion to IVY in the Christmas song
19 ONCE (B)ONCE
21 ARISTOPHANES OR THESPIAN AS* Lovely apposite anagram
24 DREAR D + REAR
25 ROOSEVELT TO RESOLVE* A nicely concealed anagram. Def. relates to two presidents of the US with that name.
26 ROSEAU I was trying to make NASSAU fit this for a while. However ROSEAU is the capital of Dominica.
27 WELL TO DO I had a bit of a problem making this fit as well. I think it’s TO DO (uPSET) adjoining to WELL (Depression)
1 PUSH UP (R) + SH (“Sides of SwitcH”) Military Action = def.
2 RING Double def. Attachment to bird – as in pigeons having rings fitted to identify them & Call (phone)
3 DOO WOP Another nice & Lit type clue Sir Henry = Sir Henry WOOD, founder of the Promenade Concerts. WOOD (R) + OP
4 WINDOW SHOPPER Nice cryptic definition ie Someone who looks, rather than spends.
6 RATSBANE RATS! (See Peanuts carttons) = Damn. BANE = Outlaw. Def = Sweetheart poison. I assumed this referred to Shakespeare and something akin to Romeo and Juliet. It’s used as a poison in King Lear and King Henry IV and VI. It’s also used as an insult! Not being a great Bard aficionado, I presume there’s some romance in one of those.
7 ZABAGLIONE No, not Lena the singer, that was ZAVaRONI (that will date a few gentle readers!) This is a delicious Italian dessert and an anagram of BEGIN A ZoLA
8 SNOWY EGRET The first clue I solved. Tintin’s dog in the UK is SNOWY (Milou in France) and then the reverse of 1 down REGRETS without wings, i.e. first and last letters.
10 THE WORLD AT ONE Another clever clue. THE WORLD = everyone ATONE = to make up.
13 TOMB RAIDER Nice to see reasonably recent computer games getting a mention. TOM (Male) BRAIDER (Hairdresser)
14 LORDLINESS Test Venue = LORDS with a punishemnt for pupils LINES (tilsit was a reasonably good boy at school and only got lines a couple of times “I must not use get, got or getting in an essay” – 50 times was one)
17 HYSTERIA THIS YEAR *
20 REHEEL “Work at last” is what a cobbler would do. RE = (Royal) Engineers To HEEL is to list as in tilt sideways (new one on me – thanks Chambers!)
22 PESO Hidden answer “GraPES Of Wrath”
23 OTTO How many palindromic German kings do you know?
Thanks again to Orlando for a splendid enjoyable puzzle!