Posted by nmsindy on July 12th, 2007
I think Quixote commented on this site some time ago that the aim was to keep the puzzle fairly easy, but that he would put a more difficult one in from time to time. I wonder if this was one, with more tricky wordplay, but, as always, everything stacking up in the end for a very enjoyable solve.
Solving time: 32 mins
* = anagram
1 MON (ARCH) ICA L (beginning to look) Monica was mother of St Augustine
8 PA (R TI P)RIS From French, starting with a preconceived idea. R = take (recipe). Interestingly, Roger Phillips, who comments on the monthly clue-writing competition on the Times website, revealed recently that the Times no longer allows this. It used to be much more common.
10 MO (UN) T Nicely misleading Arab = horse here and the false capital in the clue is allowed by convention.
11 N (I NET) Y A very tricky one with a cunning divide of the two parts of the clue at Number/One. The metropolis is New York (NY)
12 AC (ANT) HUS (such a)*
14 D (RUM) ROLL
19 CASTLE Another very good one, with “building with farm animals” making you think of stable or sty. but it’s another seamless join between the two parts. It’s s (sun) replacing one of the ts in cattle, this being indicated by “a t”. Good surface, too.
22 COME DO
26 DENTAL NURSE Cryptic definition.
2 N ARK
3 REST CURE A very well concealed anagram of “creatures” less a
4 HOMONYM Sometimes you look at a clue many times and get nowhere and then suddenly light dawns and say “Of course!” Very good. Where the same word means different things – cf synonym where different words mean the same thing.
7 SPANDREL DR in (Naples)*
8 FRANKIE VAUGHAN (having fun a rake)* Pop singer who first came to prominence in the 1950s.
21 TREED Pun on elder. An animal would take refuge in a tree.