Posted by nmsindy on July 9th, 2007
An enjoyable and rather unusual crossword in that I solved it quite fast from definitions and seeing what fit rather than immediately understanding all the clues. Do not understand 4 down though. (Thanks, Ken Owen for explaining this) (There’s a Nina in the puzzle – I won’t give it here in case you want to look again at the puzzle, but will put it after the clue explanations)
Solving time: 16 mins
* = anagram < = reversal
9 TWEETER A loudspeaker t for s in sweeter.
11 REHAB Hidden – the singer referred to having featured in media reports re alcohol problems.
12 HORSE HAIR horse = frame
13 PEACH MELBA It was named after her – an Australian opera singer.
16 UGLY First and last letters
19 NON (French for no i.e. from Jean) CHALANT (Chantal)*
22 SPO ((KEN Livingstone) Funded) OR
24 K A BUL(garian) Capital of Afghanistan (which later turns up as a clue!)
26 P (ROSA) IC Colonel Rosa Klebb (From Russia with Love – James Bond book/movie)
27 AFGHANI Unusual. Hidden, if that’s the right word – it’s the basic currency of the country, so capital in a different sense to 24 across.
28 S (Y MPH) ONY TV producer was nicely misleading.
29 (SYL) P H (Sly)*
1 RAT-TRAP Rats! less s
2 OBE (alternate letters of Zombies) AH ha(lf)<
3 AUTOBAHN (hang about)* less g (the acceleration due to gravity)
4 “Severe, hot-headed Canadian photographer” HARSH = severe, I think, but do not understand the wordplay, thought there might a Can ph called Arsh with h above it, but can’t find anything. (Thanks, Ken Owen. It’s H for K in Karsh – a Can ph – tho I think the instruction to replace letters is a little indirect)
6 A W (AK) EN London being the Great Wen The Ford Ka<
14 A STRON(g) O (of = o’) MY
15 EX OFF (start) I (international) C(I)O
17 D (Dutch) ARK (state in short – abbrev for Arkansas) AGES Oppressed is a link word in this down clue, I think.
20 T (ALLIS(s))H Peter Alliss – ex-player and now commentator on golf.
23 READY Both parts of the clue, like the answer, are informal words for money.
25 BRAWL Even placed letters in “barman will”
(Diagonal spells out REBECKAH)