Posted by loonapick on May 8th, 2007
In my mind, while solving this puzzle, I was thinking that this preamble would say how easy this crossword was, then I came across a word I didn’t know, but was able to guess from the wordplay, so I suppose “easy” is not the appropriate word. I had never heard the word SWARAJIST before, but for those interetsted in India’s history, this may have been an easy enough word.
1 AWAKENING – A W(A-KEN)ING – most houses I have lived in don’t have wings, so the pedant in me may have expected some qualification of the word “house” in the clue (grand house, say)
9 GET YOUR BEARINGS – the only answer that fits, but I’m not sure if there is anything particularly cryptic about the clue, but then I am probably missing something?
10 TENT – that ubiquitous wine of Crosswordland, cleverly clued here.
14 STATEROOM – STATE + (<=moor)
16 APPAL – homophone of A PAUL
18 TOTALISER – (is a lotter)* – the Totaliser (or Tote) is a form of betting on horse-racing which takes the sum of all money bet and divides it among the winners.
21 AGOG – the even letters of “hAnG tOuGh” (ie ignoring the odds)
25 IN ALL DIRECTIONS – INA(LL-DIRE)CTION’S
26 TWEED – as in the river Tweed, forming part of the border between England and Scotland. Fresh in my mind as I was playing cricket in the Borders on Saturday.
27 ISINGLASS – IS IN GLASS = “partly fills schooner” possibly a bit loose?
1 ANGST – (b)ANG (i)S (i)T
4 INRO – in MoulIN ROuge” – a lacquered Japanese box for medicines, perfumes etc.
5 GUESTIMATE – GUEST-1-MATE
6 PERVERSELY – (reserve)* in PLY
8 DESTROYER – (restored y)* where Y is the last letter of “navy”
13 TORTELLINI – TOR(TELL)IN(o)-1 – Torino being the Italian name for Turin, of course.
14 SWARAJIST – S(WAR-A-J-IS)T – a political party in India which advocated self-government, or a supporter of same
17 PROFANE – PRO-FANE – a fane is an obscure word for a temple, from the Latin fanum, a place dedicated to a deity.
22 GASES – laughing gas or tear gas
23 DELI – homophone of DELHI