Posted by loonapick on June 11th, 2007
This was quite tough for a Monday, with some obscure words mixed in with references to Shakespeare, mythology, ancient alphabets and poetry. All in all, it was enjoyable to solve, and took me about 12 minutes.
1 RUMOUR HAS IT – (amour hurts I)*
10 NUNNERY – referring to Hamlet’s exhortation to Ophelia (“get thee to a nunnery”)
11 GO(L-DEN-R)OD – A North American flowering plant
12 SYBIL – hidden in “fantaSY BILingual” – I’m not sure if this is meant to be an &lit. I know that there were several prophetesses known as Sibyls in ancient mythology, but I don’t know if any of them were bilingual
14 TONGUE-TIED – (due get it no)* – have now seen “falling” used as an anagrind on a couple of occasions, but I’m not sure about it.
16 FAR(SIGH)TED – one from the Paul school of crossword compiling, I fancy.
19 (<=M.A.-GO) – Ogam (or Ogham) is an old Irish alphabet based on notches and lines.
22 TWENTY-ONE – one of the many names for blackjack, pontoon, vingt-et-un etc. And 21 used to be considered the age of majority.
1 ROY-AL TOUR-NAME-N.T. – a military show which ran from 1880 to 1999 (except in wartime) and which involved bands and demonstrations by members of the Armed Forces.
6 TREMBLING POPLAR – (mr big planter lop)* – a willow tree
16 F(A ST.)EN
18 EPE(R.G.N.)E – a large decorative table centrepiece – RGN stands for Registered General Nurse
20 MAENAD – (named a)* – in Greek mythology, a female taking part in a Dionysian orgy
23 T(erritorial)-O.R.-(<=O/S) – OR being “other ranks” and O/S outsize(d)