Posted by loonapick on June 19th, 2007
A typical Paul effort with clues ranging from easy to difficult, and a collection of words some will know, and others won’t.
I quite enjoy the mental challenge of a Paul puzzle, but wouldn’t recommend him for beginners or for those who don’t want to contemplate drugs and flatulation when having their morning coffee.
5 W(R)IGGLER – Don’t like this clue very much
9 TERRARIA – (rare rat I)* – glass cases that may contain an ant farm or the likes
10 FINISH – homophone of FINNISH
11 DROP CURTAINS
14 ADO-PTION (point)*
17 CAP-(<=ARAB-Y) – the largets living rodent, a native of South America
23 FLAT-US – a typical Paul word, meaning the air expelled when one flatulates
26 TRYING – double definition, although the second of these is a bit loose
3 CORN DOLLY – a figure made from wheat or other cereals, which were traditionally made at harvest time
5 W(HATCH-A-MAC-ALL)IT – don’t have access to Chambers 2003 here, but it isn’t in the earleier version I have to hand.
7 G(h)AN(J)A – ganja is a drug made from hemp. Interestingly, Ganja is also the name of Azerbaijan’s second city. You learn something new every day.
8 EISENHOWER – (where one is)* – Dwight D Eisenhower, 34th President of the USA and a highly-decorated US general.
12 00-JAM-A-FLIP – similar to 5dn, I can’t find it in my version of Chambers, or in any online dictionary, but the wordplay leads to this word. I could be wrong?
15 THIN-GUMMY – another word meaning the same as 5dn – not sure of the wordplay. The setter seems to be indicating that if something is ghummy it can’t eat? (or be eaten?)
19 (<=DIM)GET – is midget politically correct, these days? I can’t keep up.