Posted by michod on May 10th, 2007
Then fall, Tony! Thrice hath the crowd asked Caesar to stay, but… That’s showbiz! Maybe Blair will follow his old mate Clinton and set a special crossword? ( http://www.nytimes.com/ref/crosswords/clintonpuz.html ) if you haven’t seen it).
I don’t feel betrayed by Gordius myself, but perhaps mildly let down by what feel like a few instances of loose clueing. Also quite possible I’ve missed a few tricks, there were some quite hard clues here and a couple of unfamiliar words. Some good ones too. High Barnet-Camden Town, 30 mins.
9. ENATE. (EATEN*). I didn’t know this word, but guessed it. ‘Through having … junk’ as an anagram indicator seems convoluted.
12. ESNE. An old word for a slave that I know form advanced cryps, but I don’t see the wordplay unless ENSE gives English.
18. STARTING GUN. I.e. Gun starts with G. Nice clue.
25. DISCOUR(ag/S)E. Replace AG (silver) in ‘discourage’ with S. Why? Because ‘it’ in Crosswordese = Sex Appeal = SA, and S is ‘a bit of it. I don’t like SA particularly anyway, but I think I’d draw the line at ‘a bit of it’ for S.
27. ROSTRUM. Latin for beak.
1. PS EU DO. Not bad. Bizarrely, I got to PS thinking ‘Strasbourg party’ might refer to the Parti Socialist for whom Segolene Royal just lost the election, but of course it’s ‘EU do’.
2. ORACLE (?) The clue’s not clear and my answer’s not reliable. I see an anagram of ‘clear’, but where’s the O come from? Anyone got an explanation or a better answer?
3. PRECIOSITY. 1 CITY POSER*.
5. D(ANNEBR)OG. The Danish national flag, I now know.
8. SUSPECTS. CD, but too much D and not enough C for me.
16. ISLANDER. Sneaky. Sounds like Cowes liver, i.e. inhanbitant of the isle of Wight. Remember ‘What’s brown and comes steaming out of Cow(e)s?’ The IoW ferry.
17. NARCOSIS. Another guess. With narcosis you aren’t with it. Doesn’t quite work for me.
19. BEWARE (ERA WEB<). Good clue.
20. (k)ITCHEN. If you can’t stand the heat…