Posted by nmsindy on May 3rd, 2007
The theme of this puzzle was football teams (indicated by “side” in definitions) or, more particularly, the names that appear as parts of names of teams. e.g. United, City, Athletic. However, there was much more than this – great freshness and imagination in the clues. Though I, following football, got the theme almost straightaway, I still found it a very difficult puzzle. The Indy editor has commented that he is not strictly Ximenean, and there are one or two examples here. Very satisfying puzzle, indeed.
Solving time: 34 mins
* = anagram
9 BALL S UPS A dog’s dinner = a mess
10 RANGE Rifle Singular of Glasgow Rangers
12 O R B S Round things used twice for definition and the Os
13 W ((EDNES) D) AY Sheffield Wednesday (needs)* = d money (pre-1971 pence) in way = street
14 SKEWER “Skua” The R is conventionally ignored.
16 M I D W EEK Refers back to 13. The meek shall inherit the earth – Sermon on the Mount
21 SAD DAM Mad “in turn”
23 ORCHESTRA Pun on minor = minor note and orchestra pit
30 RYE BREAD Sour = wry “said”, I think.
3 EASY Definition: Liberal Tore into Tory i.e. e as y. Not easy!
4 Ruler is IN POWER (Now ripe)*
7 E GG E D Xims might not like final race = e
17 E LA BORAT E Hollywood = LA (Los Angeles) Borat = spoof character
18 THROW OFF Phase in the sense faze. Throw = cover for a seat
21 Accrington STANLEY (knife)
22 UNITED (With”change of heart” = untied)
24 C APE R Xims may not like Copyright being split into ape r
26 Out on a LIMB Taking a position beyond the others.