Posted by tilsit on July 27th, 2007
Solving Time: 68 minutes
Probably the toughest Guardian crossword I have encountered in a very long time.
I made a good start with the big anagram but it just went backwards with unfamiliar words and cleverly hidden allusions within the clues.
Some really great clues with 21 across being a real doozie. 22 across likewise was extremely clever.
Many thanks to Pasquale for a ferocious battle that brought about a major sigh of relief when I wrote in my last entry.
ACROSS * = Anagram (CD) = Cryptic Definition (R) = Reversal
1 see 6 down
4 SPADIX SPA + DIX (How they would say “ten” in the L. Gardens!)
9 ONER This really derailed me. I entered ICON as being a hidden answer. Eventually, after convincing myself as to the right actress at 2 and the word at 1 down, I twigged this relates to “The Three R’s” – some one just good at Maths would be a ONE R! Bit too clever that clue!
10 PLASTIC ART I presume the definition is “What may involve modelling ceramics”
and the wordplay is “tar?” ie plastic (fake) ART. I am happy to be corrected if I have misjudged this.
11 PLAY UP LAY (to station) inside PUP
12 SHREWISH R in SHE + WISH
13 CASTOR OIL NANCY = Astor inside COIL (To wind)
15 ARMS A Root Mean Square (RMS)
16 BRIG Two definitions
17 BLOCKHEAD BLOCK + HEAD
21 BOOKSHOP The She in this context is Rider Haggard’s novel called “She”! Outrageous but great fun!
22 SHLOCK SHYLOCK (Unfair dealer) minus Y
24 COLLATERAL L + LATER inside COAL
25 WHIT Two definitions
26 TISANE TIS = It’s + A + N + E (Drug)
27 ODDS ON ODD + SON
1 MANILLA ILL inside MANA (Maori form of power)
2 TERRY Another clever clue TERRIFY minus IF (Kipling’s lines)
3 ON PAPER Two defs
5 PATERA PATER + A
6,23, 1AC DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD THE LORD’S WICKET MUD HOW* Nice appropriate anagram!
7 XEROSIS X + EROS + IS
8 MANSFIELD PARK MAN + SPARK with field INSIDE
14 TRISKELES RISK inside STEEL* Another new word on me
16 BLOWOUT LOW (Mean) + O (Egg) inside BUT (Bar)
18 CASTLED CAST + LED A ‘special move’ in chess
19 AUCTION This looks like a cryptic def relating to bidding (Auction) in bridge. Thanks to BeerMagnet: Caution (Take care) with C (Clubs) shifted down a little.
20 PHOTON PHOTO + N