Posted by nmsindy on July 24th, 2007
Even by Virgilius’ exalted standards, I thought this was really special – famous names reversed being a big part of it. The theme revealed itself gradually as the grid filled up.
Solving time: 31 mins
* = anagram < = reversal
3/1A PETER PAN From J M Barrie’s play – character who never grows up – hence play-boy.
6 TH(ieves) ROB
10/3D ALEXANDER POPE (poet) There have been eight Popes called Alexander.
12 RACE M(EMOR)Y Rome< Same meaning as folk memory.
14 E (CO) NOMIC (income)* Excellent surface.
18/15/26 SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (poet) Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (composer).
20 ROSEMARY Mary Rose, KING (11) HENRY (28) VIII’s warship. “Exchanging parts”. Wondered if the 1128 was run together deliberately to look like a year. That was my first reading before twigging it referred to clue numbers.
23 MARKS W (with) OMEN Great clue.
28/11 HENRY KING Got this from the “backward” monarch – later verifying he’s a character in Hilaire Belloc’s Cautionary Tales who chewed bits of string.
30 TRY Hear (a court case). Rugby score, which the scoring team follows by getting a kick at goal to convert it (and make 5 points 7).
4 TIA MARIA Aunt Maria in Spanish. A liqueur “that gets drunk” is definition.
8/25 BARRY JOHN Famous Welsh stand-off half (so wore No 10). Lloyd George (Welsh PM) at No 10 Downing Street.
16 ROYAL NAVY Royal blue and navy blue.
17 HOME TEAM Pleasing cryptic definition I solved first time around.
22 HORDES “Hoards”
25/8 JOHN BARRY John = gospel music – bar ry = railway.