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FT 12531 / Gozo – Top Banana

Posted by tilsit on August 9th, 2007

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SOLVING TIME: 24 MINUTES

Apologies for the late posting.  A very clever puzzle from Gozo, reminiscent of Araucaria, with some good clueing, although a couple of queries.  There seems to be an ambiguity at 19 down, and  at 26 down the “container indicator” seems to be be lacking. 

1 BIFFIN  NIFF + IB (rev)  IB = Short for IBIDEM (in that place) – A biffin is a red apple.
4 APRICOT  PISCATOR (anag)
9 CHERRY  HERR in CY
10 TAMARIND  TAMARIN + D
12 MUSCATEL  CATS/MULE (ANAG)
13 quince  The Mechanicals were the group of strolling players led by Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Quince was also a member.
15 SLOE   Odd letters in  SALMONET
16 REDCURRANT  CURR(Y) inside RED ANT
19 CLEMENTINE  From the old song much mangled by Huckleberry Hound.
20 DATE
23 LYCHEE  Hidden answer
25 MINNEOLA  Type of orange.  A NON-LIME (anag)
27 RIBSTONE  Type of apple.  BRETON IS (ANAG)
28 COMICE  Type of pear.  COMIC + E
29 PINK LADY  You might say a “softer version of “Woman in Red” is Pink Lady.  A type of apple.
30 ORANGE  or + GEAN (ANAG)

DOWN
1  BECOMES  SECOMBE (ANAG)
2  FREESTONE   Apart from being my old Physics Teacher, Freestone is a variety of peach.
3  INROAD  IN + ROAD
5  PEAR   Homophone of ‘pair’
6  HURRY  Two defs – new on one me, a hurry is a type of drum-roll.
7  ONION  ON + ION
8  SADDEST  DAD / TESS (anag)
11 SEVENTY  EVEN inside STY
14 SCANDIC  SCAN + CID (rev)
17 AMAZONIAN  Two defs
18 PEDESTAL  PETES LAD (anag)
19 CALTRAP / CALTROP Both answers seem equally valid according to Chambers.
21 ETAGERE  GATE (anag) + ERE
22 INDOOR  I (one) + DONOR (anag)
24 CABIN  As in Harriet Becher Stowe’s novel
25 ENID   Hidden answer, but there isn’t an obvious indicator, although I could make a case for the “‘s” being the indicator.

Great stuff and thanks to Gozo

3 Responses to “FT 12531 / Gozo – Top Banana”

  1. Testy says:

    I would like to have seen this blogged.

    It was an impressive piece of work.

    My one quibble (assuming I have solved it correctly) was the lack of a hidden word indicator for 26D Girl’s mistaken identity

  2. tilsit says:

    It will be up this evening. I am just on my way to retrieve the memory stick from the hospital where I’d left it!

    The puzzle was splendid and I did wonder about the 26D. I assumed that the apostrophe S was the (rather weak) indicator.

  3. Testy says:

    I also agree with the CALTRAP/CALTROP confusion. Initially I didn’t have an answer at all and so had to resort to cheating. This narrowed it down to these two alternatives but, as you say, both appear to be valid as the, supposedly, double definitions weren’t distinct enough (i.e. the spiky weapon is named after the water chestnut and so they both have the same alternative spellings).

    Justifying 17D took me a while as I was googling for AMAZONIAN ants when they are actually just called AMAZON ants.

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