Posted by tilsit on May 28th, 2007
soLVING TIME: 1 hr 5 mins (with a couple of hints).
Whether it is the sandblasting doses of antibiotics I am mainlining or that I am being especially thick today, but I found this a bit of a struggle. Some good solid cluing, although if I see 23 across again,
I shall probably do something I’ll regret. Liked 17 /7 (appropriate for today) and as usual a nice scattering of cultural references. Didn’t enjoy it as much as Tees’ last puzzle for some reason; had a feeling of déjá vu with a couple of clues.
ACROSS (* = anagram, (R) = Reversed CD= Cryptic definition)
1 SQUAD CAR Panda = Police car – one of four = QUAD in SCAR = Pit (see Chambers)
9 ETHEREAL Virgilius did this answer as a hidden a few weeks back, but this contained a nice mythological reference. ALECTRONA was daughter of Helios, the Greek God of the Sun.
10 WARDEN Nice clue (changed my mind over this one) One runnign home = def. W + shakespearean Forest = ARDEN (setting for As You Like It).
11 ANTONYMOUS As good and bad = def (‘like opposites’) T in ANONYMOUS
12 TIFF Jeweller = TIFF(ANY)
13 NOVA SCOTIA Da Gama = VASCO in NOT Ia = NONE) + A.
16 SECRETE Release = def Corner of= S.E. + CRETE (LAD OR D
17/7 HOLIDAY RESORT Best clue of the puzzle – CD How you make WHIT into WITH? Re-sort the holiday!
20 AIR HOSTESS AS IS OTHERS*
22 ITCH (W)ITCH
23 NEVER NEVER Rather hackneyed clue – Do I need to explain?
26 NEUROTIC N + EURO = CIT(Y) (R)
27 ENGORGED Is inscrutable an anagram indicator? Not for me, I’m afraid. GREEN GOD*
2 QUAGMIRE MEETING = AGM in QUIRE (Paper)
3 AND SO FORTH HOT ROD FANS*
4 CANAANITES AN A AN (articles) in CITES
5 RESTIVE REST on I’VE = setter has
6 SHUN H in SUN
8 GLOSSARY LOSS in GARY (Neville – carthorse football player) This clue caused me the most thought. The obvious allusion is to Chamberlain but it doesn’t quite work for me.
14 SHOESTRING CD Oxford = Shoes, therefore the allusion is to a lace. Nice clue.
16 SPAWNING PAWN (one used) in SING (Grass)
18 ACCURATE AC = Before Christ (not as often seen as BC, but still valid) + CURATE
21 RAVE UP PARVENU * less N
22 NATO Another good clue KING COLE = NAT before O (old)