Posted by loonapick on June 27th, 2007
Given the number of black squares in the grid and the lack of difficulty in this puzzle, I was expecting there to be a theme, but, if it’s there, I can’t find it.
This only took me about 6 minutes to solve, although I have to admit that I’m not sure about 1dn.
4,6 COMMON OR GARDEN
9 SITCOM – short for “situation comedy”, so “place” makes the clue a bit cryptic
10 ASPIRANT – (partisan)*
11 LEGERDEMAIN (Germa(n) leader)*
18 RIGHT-WINGER – depending on the football ground you are at, wingers may be very close to the crowd, ie supporters
25 PLAIN AND SIMPLE – not terribly cryptic
1 HONOUR – though not sure why
2 CRYSTAL SET – (tactless)* around RY – “what links stations” – the best clue in the puzzle. A crystal set was an early radio receiver using a crystal detector.
3 SALIENCE – LIEN in (case)*
5 M.I.T.-1-GATE – MIT being Massachussetts Institute of Technology, which I think is a University rather than a college?
14 FLORENCE – where Michelangelo’s statue of David is situated
21 F-ETA – another good clue