Posted by tilsit on August 2nd, 2007
Solving Time: 23 mins
A nice puzzle for a Thursday from Punk. I really liked the big clue at 8/12 several of the
other answers. Fairly large smattering of cryptic defs today as well, plus the usual clues that make you laugh out loud, 21 across especially!.
ACROSS * = anagram CD – Cryptic def r =reversal
1 MUGGINS MUG + GINS
5 SATSUMA AT MUST AS (r)
9 DEEPSPACE SPEED (r) + RACE
10 ARENA N inside AREA
11 MANDINGO MAN + DINGO
12 sEE 8
15 BAGS Double def
16 ARCHETYPAL EACH PARTLY*
18 THE GUNNERS T H + EG = (R)UNNERS
19 ROAN RAN about O
21 EUNUCH I think I’ll leave it to your imagination!
22 METEORIC E + O inside METRIC
24 FARSI FAR + S + I
26 GUTCH BARN DUTCH (rhyming slang for WIFE) +BA(I)RN
28 NEW DEAL NUDE EEL (Homophone)
2 GRETNA GREEN TEENAGER + RNG*
3 INSTIL SIN* + TIL = Lit up = illuminated! Hmmmm!
4 STAGGERING cd
5 SUET SUE + T (LAST LETTER IN DIET)
6 TEA PARTY EA + P inSIde TARTY
7 USE U.S. + E
8 /12 A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL, PANAMA One of the most famous of palindromes with a delightful cryptic definition. All about Ferdinand de Lesseps’ magnum opus.
13 APPROPRIATE Two definitions
14 CHARLESTON CHARL (TON H)ESTON Very clever!
17 FUNCTION Double definition
22 ADZE Homophone for ADDS
23 ROO Bit baffled by this one – the floor is open.