Posted by loonapick on July 12th, 2007
Sorry for the lateness of this blog; I thought I was due to do Friday’s this week, and only realised that it was my turn when the puzzle hadn’t been blogged. Upon checking the calendar, I realised that I was supposed to have done yesterday. my only excuse is that this seems to be out of sync with recent weeks where I have done Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday etc so I was expecting to do Friday this week.
Fortunately, I did solve the puzzle yesterday, so here are my comments. What I remember most about this puzzle is that once you get the long answers (1,9) and 19, 27), there are so many crossing letters in place that the rest of the crossword is not overly difficult.
1, 9dn I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C – one of those spelling rules that has many exceptions.
10 O(MS)K – Russian city – MS = manuscript
11 UNEVEN-T-FUL – FUL=(flu)*
14 STOVEPIPE – (pop Eve it’s)* – as worn by Abraham Lincoln
16,17 BIRTH RIGHT
19,27 CATCH-(boso)M-ENT-AREA – not sure what Jordan etc has to do with it?
23 DISMOUNT (to nudisnm)*
29 UPSTATE – in the state of being up, presumably
6 PIEMAN – as in one who throws pies in slapstick comedy, and Simple Simon
7 SUTTEISM – outdated Hindu practice of suicide of widows
15 VEHEMENCE – hidden in “overactiVE HE-MEN CErtainly” – have seen that clue somewhere before
18 IDI-OTIC – don’t like “old ruler” for IDI (as in IDI AMIN)
20 CATFLAP – cryptic definition
21 (dauphi)N-E.G.-LE-CT. – I liked this one
22 CUNARD – (<=DR.-A-N-U-C(atheter)) as in the shipping line