Posted by tilsit on July 6th, 2007
Solving time: 20 minutes
Another enjoyable puzzle from the Mr Dependable of the crossword world.
Plenty of terrific clues to keep the mind taxed with 11 across a particular favourite,
along with 5 down, 20 across and 7 down which I had to use TEA to identify, which also informed me that the phrase was used by 17 across! Nice to see that where anagrams are used in a clue, they are appropriate to the definition/answer. Some setters (including yesterday’s FT setter!) should take note!
ACROSS * = ANAGRAM (R) = REVERSAL CD = CRYPTIC DEFINITION
9 MARXIST X IS inside MART
10 OPEN AIR Split definitions
11 SAN ANDREAS FAULT UNSAFE LAND A STAR* A clever anagram suggesting the geological fault that runs through California.
12 DATE STAMP TEST A inside DAMP
14 AGAIN A inside A GIN (a type of trap)
15 GALLANT GAL + L + ANT (Soldier often used in crosswords to define ‘ant’)
16 OIL CAKE OI + C in LAKE
17 LOCKE I think this is LOCKE(T) rather than LOCKE(R).
18 ISINGLASS I ASS with SINGL(E) inside
20 DAME EDNA EVERAGE DEAD MEAN* E inside (A)VERAGE Nice clue and clever definition
23 STRIGIL RIG inside STIL(TS)
24 COTERIE COT + ERIE
1 AMUSED A M + USED
2 GRIN GRIN(D)
3 LIONS’ SHARE SS inside LION + HARE
4 ETERNAL TRIANGLE Nice Cryptic definition.
5 SOLAR PROMINENCE MOONS PALER NICER* Another nice clue.
6 BEEF Double definition
7 TABULA RASA AS A BRUTAL + A*
8 PRETENCE RET in PENCE
13 TELECAMERA CREATE MEAL*
14 ALLEGRETTO ALL + EGRET + TO
15 GOLD DISC CD of Sun - This held me up for a while as I was looking at Dawn
(as in Tony Orlando as well!)
19 SEE RED Split definition
21 EIGG I inside EGG
22 AURA AU + RA
Thanks again to Phi for a superb puzzle.