Posted by Colin Blackburn on July 27th, 2007
Good quality puzzle from Phi with a handful of great anagrams. One clue has left me foxed. I think the grid was pangrammatic too.
|8||DIPSOMANIA — (I SIP ON MAD)* + A — this is an excellent anagram &lit.|
|11||ALLIANCE — A in ALL IN + CE — exhausted = all in.|
|12||ECO-LABEL — E+COLA+BEL(t) — nice neologism and partial &lit.|
|15||BUTTERFLY KISS — cryptic def? — is there more to this|
|20||INTIFADA — (AND IF IT)* + A — another excellent anagram. The Intifada is the Palestinian uprising, the whole clue providing an augmented definition.|
|22||DEATHBED — cryptic def. — very nice cryptic definition.|
|25||KILOGRAMME — (EMMA OK GIRL)* — and another good anagram leading to the less common spelling of kg.|
|4||LOLLOP — LL in LOOP — a lovely word!|
|5|| PAGANINI — PAGAN+IN+I — …and another. Paganini was a great
violinist as well as a composer.
|6||DISCOURSED — DISC+OURS+ED|
|9||PEARL OF WISDOM — (MOPED’S AIRFLOW)* — I didn’t know that gnome meant a pithy and sententious saying, I do now.|
|13||CYBERNETIC — BERNE in (CITY+C)< — Oddly Igor Aleksander, the father of cybernetics, had a letter published in the Independent yesterday.|
|16|| TELETHON — ELE(ven) in ? — I’m lost on this one. I can see half of ELEVEN and H(our) but not much else of the word play.
TE(am) + H in LET ON — thanks to Niall and Will.
|17||YATTERED — (infantr)Y + (b)ATTERED — not a word I knew but it seems to fit.|
|24||PUNY — PUN+Y — great surface to close the puzzle.|