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Inquisitor 21 / Phi – Spooner strikes back

Posted by petebiddlecombe on June 1st, 2007

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Solving time: 36 minutes

A simple but original gimmick and fairly easy clues to non-theme words combined to make this a quick but still entertaining solve. Experience of Azed’s Spoonerism puzzles also helped to speed things up.

Calling the two sets of ‘back-Spoonerism’ answers A and B respectively, we have:

A
1D TOT COPE => TOP COAT
6 CARP SHARD => CARD SHARP
14 NOTE FLUES => NOSE FLUTE
22 HEART HAD => HARD HAT
B
10 WIND BREAK => WICK BRAINED
17 MADNESS => MASS NED
26 SINFUL => SILL FUN
36 HATPEG => HAG PET
Across
18 ALTESSE = (see salt)* – If there had been misprint clues too, we might have got “sea salt”!
24 GUAR = source of gum,ANA = gossip
37 KISMET – not so easy here – I don’t understand the wordplay, except that it includes KIT = equipment – any offers?
 
Down
3 A,Co.,L – bridge bidding system named after a road in Hampstead.
8 (d)ANTON
9 (w)EDGED
21 SNEB = bens<= – same thing as ‘snub’
25 (b)UN(BAR)K
27 LA(z)ING – R. D. Laing – who was very big in the 1970s. The picture in his Wikipedia entry shows him reading the Ashley book of Knots, which I remember my parents owning in that decade.
29 S(TUM)M – kinky behaviour being S & M (Sadism & Masochism). Cue the Edmund Akenhead quote from Brian Greer’s Times xwd book: “Setters are of course sadists (though in the nicest possible way) and since all solvers appear to be masochists this leads to a rather beautiful relationship.”
33 GAP = pag(e)<=

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