Posted by nmsindy on August 2nd, 2007
Some unusual features in this.
Solving time: 30 mins
* = anagram
1 A W(i)RY Thought of ‘awry’ as a possibility from the start, but took much longer to confirm through the wordplay. “One coming out”
8 THE NUMBERS GAME A little puzzled by the reference to “spurious”, quick look in dicts suggest argument using figures, but not necessarily false.
10 NOB LES
13 HI(EM)AL ’em = them in (hail)* Easy wordplay for the unfamiliar word.
15 C(HER)UB Excellent surface.
21 AWEIGH “Away”
22 COMMON INTEREST No big problem getting this, but it’s not included as a phrase in any of my dicts.
24 CH (church) (n)IC(e)
1 ASHT(OR)ETH OR (men = other ranks) in (she that)* I’d seen the possible wordplay, but it took me quite a while to find the goddess (Old Testament)
2 RING LET Amusing pun.
3 ONE’S HOT
6 EMANATE Hidden
7 STERE Also hidden, and the last I got (I was trying to put a v = volume into something with ‘consumed’ as a possible containing indicator). It means one cubic metre – new to me, but it’s in the Concise OED.
9 MASTER BEDROOM (Members at door)* ‘in line specially’ indicates the anagram.
14 ANALGESIC (angelica’s)*
17 CON SIGN
18 UNEARTH (a hunter)*
20 ASCOT The racecourse – Willie Carson, a Scottish jockey.