Posted by Colin Blackburn on June 22nd, 2007
When I swapped to Friday this week I expected a nice Phi puzzle, instead I got Nimrod! A little more difficult than Phi for me with some clues still a mystery. However, much of it was straightforward thanks to the long anagram and me seeing 1dn as soon as I had P-D… A couple of the clues are gems.
|1||PETER CROUCH — PETER + CROUCH — the Liverpool and England striker is very tall, for a footballer.|
|9||NADIR — (AND)* + IR — IR = Inland Revenue. Although they have now changed their name I expect we’ll have IR in crosswords for decades to come.|
|10||GLISSANDI — (sc)A(le) in (SLIDINGS)* — really nice &lit.|
|11||TRILOBITE — OBIT in T+RILE — a trilobite is an early jointed animal found in the fossil record.|
|12||THYMI — healTHY-MIndedness — as a vegetarian sweetbread is a weird term. It refers, I think, to the various glands that can be eaten by those willing to do so. The thymus is one such gland and its role gives this clue a nice partial &lit surface.|
|13||DOGE — ? — I don’t see the word play here, some reversal of GOD?
[ It's EGO'D <]
|14||MENTAL NOTE — cryptic def. — ref. to Post-It notes. Having worked in a Centre for Cognitive Science I like the surface but doubt the subject would warrant a whole Faculty!|
|16||EGO-TRIPPER — ‘E GOT RIPPER — fantastic clue.|
|19||KNEW — K+NEW|
|20||TIGON — GO in TIN — preserved = put in TIN.|
|21||NUMBER OFF — MBE in (FOR FUN)*|
|23||NEEDINESS — (SEES END IN)* — not sure about supply as the anagramming term here.|
|24||PUPIL — (s)LIP-UP(s)< — good wordplay.|
|25||NERVE CENTRE — ? — not sure what Euro means here. I did consider R being neRve centre but that hasn’t helped.
[ It's centre of nEUROn!]
|1||PADDINGTON GREEN — ADDING TONG in PREEN — an excellent clue but you have to know about the police station (nick) in London. It gets mentioned on the news a bit as high profile suspects are often taken there. Tong is a Chinese secret society.|
|2||TORSO — T + OR SO — roughly = or so.|
|3||RAGTIME — RAG+TIME|
|4||RAIMENT — AIM iN RENT|
|5||UNSETTLE — (LUNETTES)*|
|6||HONEYMOON COUPLE — cryptic def.|
|7,8||UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL — (assumptio)N in (WEDS DWELT + INDIVIDUAL DEFEAT)* — good anagram &lit but fairly obvious from the enumeration.|
|15||FRONTIER — FR+ON+TIER|
|17||PINKEYE — KEY in PINE|
|18||EN MASSE — S(hip) in (SEAMEN)*|
|22||EXPAT — (X in TAPE)< — I think X = “and” here.
[ It's X = "by", and is just connecting the two uses of over.]