Posted by bensand on May 7th, 2007
I felt slightly short-changed by this puzzle but that’s probably just because of the grid! Hardly seemed worth going for the full 15×15 with only 3 white squares in the left and right columns and 4 in the top and bottom rows.
Having said that it still took me over my average amount of time so perhaps I should be glad that there wasn’t more of it to take distract me from family duties on a rainy bank holiday Monday.
|10||SUMACH – SU(MA)CH, new word for me|
|11||BIRD WATCHERS – a cryptic definition, stonechats and whinchats rather than gossips|
|13||RUBATO – I never know the musical terms but I’ve got used to looking out for them, producing something plausible and looking it up|
|15||EFFETE – my penultimate answer (really the last answer but 4d could only be decided by getting 15a). E for Spain. Homophone for feet. I scratched my head a while about why feet were metric but it’s a reference to the metrical as in lines of poetry rather than litres, kilometres etc…|
|19||ARCHITECTURE – (THRICE CURATE)* Wren is Sir Christopher rather than a member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service or a bird|
|23||PITH – PIT(C)H|
|1||INROAD – I (N)ROAD|
|2||COGNAC – COG + CAN <=|
|4||PROMISEE – Surface indicates a teetotaller but the solution is the receiver of a promise. I didn’t much like this and wasn’t sure whether it couldn’t also be promiser or promised without the final check|
|5||PREMIERE – Cryptic definition, surface suggesting cricket but the run is a run of a play|
|7||DOCK – (HAD)DOCK – nearly wrote in DACE for the fish as I was getting a little impatient with the north-east corner|
|12||RETRENCH – hadn’t come across retrench as cut down on expenses before so this had to wait until I had the letters|
|18||TAMSIN – M in (SATIN)* This made me laugh more than any other but this is because I was looking at my daughter while I thought about it|