Posted by nmsindy on July 31st, 2007
Another wonderful thematic puzzle from Virgilius. All the across entries are synonyms, as explained in the last down clue (26 down).
Solving time: 24 mins
* = anagram
7 GAMMON Double definition, with an excellent surface.
9 E YEW ASH
22 FLAPDOODLE (paddle fool)*
25NO N(o)SE (twice = repeatedly)
28 BUNK UM
1 EAGLE OWL
3 KEEP Double definition with excellent surface.
5 PARIETAL (a pirate)* l “Like” telling us it’s an adjective.
6 CHEERS Double definition.
13 (I)ago From Shakespeare’s play, Othello, the Moor (“on stage”)
14 L U CIA I liked “people of intelligence” for CIA.
17 APPEALED Double definition.
18 BID “One diamond, say” is an example of a bid from bridge, I think. I’ve never played it.
21 RHOMBI (Rob him)* Diamond shapes.
25 N ER O Because of the context, here, I think we’re getting King Edward VII (d.1910) as ER rather than the Queen.
26 NO BS (bullshit)