Posted by bensand on June 1st, 2007
I remembered slightly late in the day that it was my blog today and dashed out for the paper. I’m not sure Bannsider sits well with having had a few drinks at lunchtime! Some compilers maybe but Bannsider uses very tricky wordplay and there’s definitely scope here for people to enlighten me about what’s going on. It’s a fine crossword for sure but a bit of a struggle for me today!
The long clue was Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, released 40 years ago today. I had a few letters for this and was musing on egg peppers lovely hearts something something before inspiration struck.
|1||SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND -
(CAPES STRENGTHENED PROBABLY PULLS)* Phew!
|10||DOOLALLY - IDLE is DO O (nothing) one starting to drive is L, ALLY is friend, crazy is DOOLALLY|
|11||BICARB – BI(CAR)B|
|13||MISPRINT – MI SPRINT. My last answer. I’d been fixated on something unnecessarily complicated with changing L to S so R TO N or something like that. Relieved when the penny dropped.|
|16||GEORGE HARRISON – (GO HERE)* in GARRISON|
|19||THICKSET – the “thick set” being far from the “top form”|
|22||INCOMERS – I assume … works with the letters and definition but I can’t get the wordplay. Looks like it ought to be R for return and INCOMES for relatives, clothing for outside. Except I can’t think of a way of INCOMES meaning relatives|
|25||THE BEATLES – THE(M) + BE AT + LES(SON)|
|2||GNOMISH – (MOSHING)* I’ve not seen fans as an anagram indicator before but it works for me|
|3||PIETA – PI + ETA – Advent being just arrival here so ETA = estimated time of arrival|
|4||PRY – (STO)P (YOU)R (RUNN)Y. Beautiful surface.|
|5||ENDEMIC – END + E + MIC The MIC is from mice who’ve chased after the farmer’s wife and had their tails chopped off.|
|7||DIATRIBES – (IS RED A BIT)*|
|7||TRYSTED – TRY = trial, STED = OFSTED with OF shifted. This took a while and I’m not keen on the surface but maybe I’m just not reading it right. I can’t really see what “When” is adding and “shifts of school inspectors” seems awkward to me.|
|15||ATROCIOUS – every second letter from “MASTER COACH I DO CURSE”, the longest of this kind of clue I’ve seen I think.|
|16,23||GETTING BETTER – three indications. Getting = Irritating, Better = Punter, Rallying for the whole thing and also a track from SPLHCB|
|17||ARTISTE – (P)ART(Y) + (TIES)* I was fooled by the surface and kept trying to think of terms for bouncers but outsiders away is an instruction to operate on party and turn is the end of the definition. Very nice.|
|18||NAIVETE – siNAI VETEran. Tricky definition, “not being spotted”. I can sort of see that this works with naivete being simple / pure (?) but only sort of!|
|21||MOTET – MO + TET Easy enough to solve but I hadn’t known before that Tet was the Vietnamese New Year|
|21||BEE – definition of “workers together” and B (BEE) is the last letter of JOB|