Posted by michod on June 25th, 2007
A pretty straightforward Monday solve (10 mins-ish), tightly clued and accessible as ever, with quite a few anagrams and lots of cryptic definitions – some very good, others a tad obvious. About half the answers came more or less straight away, but there was some tougher meat in there too, with 9 across detaining me for a little while.
9. MAN OEUVRE. The last piece of the puzzle for me. I had MAN for ‘work on’, and was looking for a _E_V_E island to complete it, but of course cruciverbal man is an island.
10. A BEAM. In the very simple category.
12. PLAN ETS (SET*). Luckily about as far as my knowledge of Holst’s oeuvre goes.
14. GERMINATE. (A REGIMENT*). Nicely phrased anagram, with misleading surface.
16. NON-PROFESSIONAL. (LOAN FOR PENSIONS). My favourite – non-0bvious definition and anagrind, with only six letters in addition to the anagram fodder.
19. SUMP TU OUS (SOU*). Another relatively hard one – ‘well’ doesn’t immediately shout ‘sump’ tp me, and I didn’t immediately spot that it was ‘you’ that needed Frenchifying. One quibble – the clue led me to expect an anagram of ‘A SOU’, not just ‘SOU’.
24. OPERA. Ref ‘soap opera’… and while opera=works is not general usage, we see it every time a setter uses ‘op’ for work. Singular opus, plural opera.
25. FAST TRAIN. CD, pun on fasting, which we saw within the last month or so elsewhere in our blog domain, in a clue for ‘dining-car’. Can’t remember whose.
1. AMUSEMENTS. (SEAMEN MUST*). Another good tight anagram.
2. ON THE RUN. (NO HUNTER). Nice anagram, with weak indicator – ‘but possibly’.
5. KEY PHRASES. Another nice punning CD.
6. HARA-KIRI. ‘Self-effacing’ in the literal sense of obliterating oneself.
14. GIFT OF LIFE. CD, but ‘living’ for life is not ideal.
15. ENLIGH(TEN)S. Good clue. I was looking for E+(composition) – but it’s another anag.
17. RAT IONA L. NIce use of ‘desert island’.
20. MAY HEM. I don’t think ‘mayhem’ is necessarily a criminal act, but I believe it had that sense historically. Certainly it can be bordering on one, but that means borrowing a bit of the wordplay.
22. PLOT. means plan, but does it also mean parking place, or is it P+LOT – in which case why does ‘place’ mean ‘lot’?