Posted by tilsit on June 14th, 2007
There are few perks associated with this role, but it’s a real pleasure to comment on a brilliant puzzle every now and then and today is one of those days.
Nestor is one of my favourite setters both in the Indy and when he appears elsewhere in barred puzzles in the EV, Inquisitor and Listener series. Elegant clue writing, together with superb grid structure make his puzzles a must solve and today is no exception.
Having already finished today’s Guardian and Times in the middle of the night during the first of four power cuts, I was somehow still in a good mood
after particularly enjoying the first across clue in the Pasquale puzzle. I was delighted to see another group of fine clues here, especially 16 across (laugh out loud!), 27 across, 5 down and 7 down. 1 down held me up for a while, as I didn’t think I’d see that in a puzzle!
All in all, a terrific challenge and a joy to solve. Bravo Nestor!
Solving time: 31 minutes (enjoyed every second!)
ACROSS * = ANAGRAM CD = Cryptic definition (R)= Reversal
8 ALI AL(E) + I – definition is his old quote about “Float like a butterfly,
sting like a bee”
9 ARCHIPELAGO I was in the dark about this clue – but it’s just hit me.
CHIP in ARE + LAG + O / Definition = A bunch of (Florida) Keys!
11 TWANG W in TANG
12 OPERATION RATION in OPEN
13 IMRAN KHAN ”I’M RANK” + NAH (R) Another nice “&Lit” clue
15 ALOOF ALOO in an Indian restaurant is Potato + F
16 PEERAGE PEE – RAGE!!! Comment is superfluous!
18 ASTERIX IS EXTRA*
20 GAMUT GA(G) + MUT(E)
22 OYSTER BED I presume “where shellfish stew” is the definition, although I am a little unsure of “Stew”. Couldn’t find a link in Bradford’s. OY + DEBRET(TS)
[of Peerage Book - hence 16 reference].
24 ANDROCLES C in AND ROLES = with responsibilities
26 CELEB B + ELEC(T) (R)
27 HOMO SAPIENS Students of crosswords looking for a nice example of an “& Lit” clue should look here, and at 5 & 7 down. MAN’S I HOPE SO *
1 CAPTAIN PUGWASH Another laugh out loud clue! WATCHING A PUP AS *
2 DISAGREE GAS (R) in DIRE + E
3 JARGON J + ARGON(AUTS)
4 ECHO H in ECO
5 LIFE ON MARS A fabulous anagram ALIEN FORMS
6 MEGAWATT Indonesian PM = Megawati Sukarnoputri MEGAWAT(I) + T
7 PACINO Another belter - Al Pacino played a cop in the film Cruising.
10 OF NO FIXED ABODE Cryptic def. Inept DIY-er wouldn’t have a fixed abode!
14 HIEROGLYPH I + GORE (R) + LY(M)PH after H
18 ART HOUSE THOUS in ARE
21 MADAME AD in MAME
23 EXCUSE Another clever clue X (24TH) + Q’S (17TH)
25 SUEZ SUE + Z
Thank you Nestor, here’s to the next one!