Fifteensquared

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Everyman 3168

Posted by neildubya on June 24th, 2007

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Not too taxing and therefore perfect for a Sunday morning, especially if Saturday night went on too long and you’re in desperate need of a 23A or similar restorative.

Across
8 AIR<,LAND in TERROR – I liked “eastern state” for RIA (AIR if you read from right to left or east to west).
11 (STAR DIES)*
12 TA,HOE – “volunteers” for TA (Territorial Army) is a well-established piece of crossword lingo.
14 R,UNA,CROSS
16 TRIA(l) in MARCH – March is the fenland town in Cambridgeshire I think. I stupidly filled in PATRIARCH because I didn’t think too hard about the wordplay. I realised it was wrong when I couldn’t solve 13D.
23 (AIR YES I REPORT)* – I don’t know where I heard about a PRAIRIE OYSTER but I must have done somewhere. It’s that vile-sounding drink made with a whole egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce and salt and black pepper. I’d rather have two paracetomol and a fry-up, thanks very much.
24 ELM in PET – “Border collie” disguises the definition very well.
25 R in STAIN
 
Down
2 IT,IT in SPOUT
3 ALL in MAR(re)D – excellent wordplay in this one (“all aboard spoiled on departing”)
6 RAT in ERIC
13 MB in COAT – the last one to go in because of my mistake in 16A.
15 (CHART ROSE)* – at least the setter avoided (CARTHORSE)*.
17 (FAIL AT)*,L – more nice wordplay. You need a keen eye to spot the anagrind in “Fail at swimming length”.
18 AN,A,”liszt”
20 PO,PUP
22 NORI (going up) – Nori is a Japanese word for different types of edible seaweed.

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