Posted by tilsit on August 7th, 2007
Solving Time: 18 mins
Due to my odd sleeping patterns with my illness, I get to solve most of the daily puzzles, and I came to Virgilius after tackling The Guardian, Times and FT and I have to say I was feeling pretty deflated. I thought the Times was OK, but the other two were dull. My mood didn’t lift when I saw the grid. I hate grids with “double unches” (adjacent unchecked spaces) as it means it’s tougher to solve. This particular grid comprises 24 eight letter words (Eeach one with a double unch)and two fifteen-letter words, that’s all. However, when I saw it was a Virgilius I perked up. Good witty clues that are entertaining to solve.
ACROSS *= Anagram (CD) = Cryptic definition (r) = Reversal
1 CHOP CHOP Double definition
9 RELATIVE Double definition
10 ATROPINE A + PROTEIN*
11 SATANICAL Great clue which works on so many levels. nice & lit anag of AIN’T MASS
12 DAMOCLES Check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damocles for the story if you haven’t heard of this chap.
13 CHILDREN DR inside CHILE +N
14 BROAD MINDEDNESS (CD) Tolerant travellers would exhibit B Road Mindedness.
20 ADELAIDE LAID inside A DEE
21 RECKONED Virgilius Loves to hide the most unlikely words, and this held me up for a couple of minutes looking how this worked!
22 SURPLICE SURE holding CLIP*
23 NOBLEMEN NO (Small number) + L inside B + EM + EN (Printing Measures)
24 ATLANTIC ATTIC with LAN (a lot of land) inside
25 ETERNITY Another clever clue ENTIRE* + T + Y
2 HOT WATER (CD)
3 PROFORMA PROF + OR + MA
4 HEIRLOOM HE + I + L in ROOM
5 PRESS CONFERENCE Another nice clue. A conference is a type of Pear.
6 MANACLED A NaCl (Salt!) inside MED
7 FILIGREE GIRLIE* inside FE (Iron)
8 TERMINUS If you studied at Yale, you’d have spent a TERM IN (the) U.S. Pause for groan!!
14 BRASS HAT BRASS (Players as in orchestra) + HAT (Bowler)
16 DRAWLING DRAW + LING
17 EDUCABLE BAD CLUE +E*
18 NAPOLEON N+ A POLE + ON
19 SEVEREST S + EVEREST