Posted by bensand on July 19th, 2007
No two ways about it, Scorpion’s tricky. Thursday is also the day of the week I have least time for solving and blogging so apologies that this is a little late.
I cracked the first half in about half an hour but it was sporadic peeks through the day from then on, culminating in an anticlimactic finish when I realised that it was Eric Morecambe not Ernie Morecambe when I had so earnestly been trying to work “sernie” into 13 down.
On a couple of later clues I definitely struggled because I was trying to invent something too obscure when in fact it was (relatively) straightforward but then on a couple I was trying for an easy reading and it was twisted! All very good though and scrupulously fair if difficult. Chapeau!
Hard to leave any clues out in the blog really, they all seem good candidates.
|7||NEOPHYTE – (THE OPEN)* with Y inside. Nice topical starter and lulled me into a false sense of security!|
|9||TUAREG – T(OP) G(EAR) around UAE around R. Definition “Rover, on sand”|
|10||ELVIS – T(EL)E(VIS)ION. Excerpts from television means two separate chunks to make the word.|
|12||ASYMETTRIC BARS – Two surface readings, one of gymnastics equipment and one of a drunk in a dungeon (I think)|
|15||DO-SI-DO – DODO with IS<=, house is instruction rather than fodder|
|20||DULCIMER – D + ULCER around IM (being roman numerals for 999 … can’t believe how long it took me to see that!)|
|22||AGATE – A + G + (W)ATE(R)|
|24||THIRTY – TH(E) IR(ON) TY(SON). Increaingly diminished means take off one more letter each time! Brilliant although I think Iron Mike’s star was on the wane before he reached thirty!|
|25||BAEDEKER – BA(DEE)*KER. Baker is “one who makes a bloomer”, a bloomer being a type of loaf|
|1||DECEASED – Possibly the easiest clue in the crossword, given a basic familiarity with Monty Python, and I didn’t spot it until late…|
|2||SPIV – SP is odds, V is against, is I just indicated by a with tracking being a container?|
|3||BECKER – BECKER and BEAKER are the outside definitions and C (about) to replace A (adult)|
|4||ETON – Sounds like EATEN, not seen “picked up” as a homophone indicator before although it seems like a good and deceptive one|
|5||PARLIAMENT – PAR + LIAM + ENT. Liam (Gallagher) is one associated with Noel, ENT is PEANUTS with odd letters excluded|
|13||MISERICORD – S + ERIC (not Ernie) + O + R in MID. Only just put together the last bit as I thought ring road gave ORD and then I couldn’t explain the MI at the beginning. But if road is just R it’s easier. A room in a monastery according to Chambers.|
|18||MOUTHY – M is the centre of arguments + (YOUTH)*|
|19||HORNBY – HORN(B)Y referring to the author of Fever Pitch and High Fidelity among others|
|21||MAYA – A YAM <=|