Posted by Colin Blackburn on June 26th, 2007
A fairly easy Virgilius today with no obvious theme other than the inter-linking of a couple of the long entries. Though someone will now tell me that a knight’s move sequence reveals something important!
CD = cryptic def.
DD = double def.
* = anagram
< = reversal
|1||SOFT-BOIL — CD — soldiers (strips of toasted bread) go into soft-boiled eggs more easy than hard-boiled eggs.|
|5||ARAMIS — A RAM + IS — sign = Aries = RAM. Aramis is one of the Musketeers.|
|10||BORNEO — BORNE+O — this was the last but one to go in as I convinced myself that only a T would fit between the N and the O.|
|13||RUSTICATE — (TACIT)< in RUSE — a student might have once been punished by being sent to the country, ie banished from college.|
|14||DOUBLE-CROSSED — CD — nice wording using the switching of banks in the same way as the FERRYMAN clue yesterday.|
|16||TRUE-LOVER’S KNOT — CD — a knot that involves a double-crossing but symbolises love rather than deceit.|
|20||IGNORANCE — DD — ignorance of the law is no defence; ignorance is bliss.|
|24||YASMIN — (N+I+M+SAY)< &lit — from the East determines the direction as if the grid was aligned to the compass, a convention rather than a fact as I solved the puzzle.|
|25||BYPASSED — CD — the reference is to either a heart or town bypass, both will create a new arterial route.|
|2||FIFTH COLUMNISTS — DD — regulars on a (news)paper are columnists.|
|3||BEAR CUB — BARBECU(e)* — lovely surface and nicely observed anagram|
|4||INTERWEAVING — R IN (VINTAGE WINE)* — good anagram again. Shuttle refers to weaving, though this clue also ties in with 16ac if there is a theme at all.|
|6||ROOKIES — IE in ROOKS &lit — my last entry, men = chess pieces, namely = ie is put in lately in the sequence ROOKS and the whole clue provides a definition of the answer.|
|7||MANDARIN ORANGES — O in MANDARIN RANGES — the fact that a mandarin is a duck confused me for a short time here. I’m surprised there weren’t two ducks a l’orange.|
|11||USER-FRIENDLY — FRIEND in (SURELY)* — a Quaker belongs to the Society of Friends.|
|15||STAIRWAY — cheapeSTAIRWAYs|
|17||LORELEI — expLORELEIpzig — two good hidden words in a row, both having very good surfaces.|
|18||KATRINA — (AN ARK + IT)* — strangely tropical after yesterday’s floods though the reference is to the flooding in Louisiana caused by Hurricane Katrina.|