Posted by linxit on July 2nd, 2007
Solving time approx. 15 mins. I think this is the second time I’ve blogged an Arachne puzzle on a Monday. As in the last one, the surface readings are all good, and most of the clues are scrupulously fair, although I’m a bit stuck on the wordplay of a couple.
1 GREATER LONDON (Enter Gordon al)* – I had to have a few crossing letters to get this, as ENGLAND and GARDEN both stood out from the anagram fodder.
13 DRAVID,IAN – not a clue for non-cricket lovers! Rahul DRAVID is the Indian cricket captain, although (now Sir) IAN Botham is probably famous enough outside cricket these days.
16 SWIVELLED – being SNIVELLED with N (soN finally) replaced with W(eek).
18 SONG,CYCLE – Imagine, perhaps (the John Lennon SONG) + CYCLE = age. I checked afterwards in the dictionary for that definition of cycle, and it’s there.
19 SNAFU (fauns*) – Army slang, I think. Situation Normal, All F***ed Up.
20 A(dvice),NCHORAGE(no charge)* – which leaves “the roads” as the definition??? I don’t get it. [Ilan confirms that "roads" can be a synonym for "roadstead", which is a partly sheltered anchorage.]
24 DENT(tend*),ATE(eat*) – Bats and nuts being the two anagrinds.
26 ROBERT,BRIDGES – Robert the Bruce was king of Scotland about 700 years ago.
2 RENDITION – I got this from the crossing letters, but don’t understand the rest of it. I thought perhaps there might be an anagram of it meaning “dubiously legal”, but if so I can’t see it. [Explained by Stuart and David in comments - "extraordinary rendition" is the dubiously legal (more like illegal by the sound of it!) extraction of criminals from one state to another for "questioning".]
5 LOOK,AL,IKE – Cockney rhyming slang: butcher’s (hook) = LOOK, boy = AL, once a president = IKE (Eisenhower).
6 NEEDINESS – similar to 16ac. N(ationalist) replacing S(ociety) in SEEDINESS.
7 OK,API – OK = fine, but I don’t see where API comes from.
8 HASTINGS,BAND(“banned”),A – former dictator of Malawi.
9 GR,AND,DAUGHTER(the guard)* – I’d never noticed that anagram before – must be very useful.
16 SACRAMENT(o) – O = Oscar is a phonetic alphabet letter.
21 CONDO – short for condominium, and found in the name “CONDOleezza Rice”, the US Secretary of State.
22 EDGAR – from King Lear. Edgar disguises himself as Poor Tom, a beggar.