Posted by michod on August 9th, 2007
Apologies for late posting. I’ve been off work, but looking after my 11-month old niece who has asthma and chicken-pox, which didn’t seem to leave much time for blogging – now I remember why my 30s were such a crossword desert!
5. A STRID(e).
9. STAR TOFF. Not hard, but pleasing.
10. PAT MOS. I know about Stirling Moss, but was/is Pat Moss a racing driver too?
11. E LECTORS. Interesting one – I like cryptic definitions with wordplay, but this one feels a little indirect somehow – ‘… make the signs of the times’ = they make Xs.-, i.e. on ballot paper.
12. A(CE)DIA. Had to look this one up, though I was sure the opera would be Aida – it always is, as Peppermint Patty told Charlie Brown about x being 7 in algebra.
18. CONSUM(MAT)E. Put down meaning put away, i.e. eat.
23. PRIESTL(e)Y. Ref J.B. Priestley.
24. H(ER)ONS. Not that keen on the definition here – ‘having considerable bills’, which surely defines an adjective, something like ‘beaktastic’.
25. BARE FOOT. I.e. just about a foot in length. Discalced means without shoes, per Chambers.
27. DERRIERE (hom (London(Derry Air)). I’m guessing this refers to an actual song called the Londonderry Air, hence ‘old’. Otherwise why should Gordius weigh into the Derry vs Londonderry row.
1. DOSSER. Not sufficiently cryptic definition. A dosser and a person of promiscuous sexual approach both sleep around, but for different reasons.
2. ATABEG (teabag*). One of those words you remember from crosswords past.
4. BEFORE TIME. A pretty good oxymoron, when you think about it.
6. S CAR CITY. Nicely concealed definition (where there’s little).
7. RE ME DIAL. The definition’s a bit vague – ‘sort of treatment’ – and I didn’t realise ME were soldiers too – Mechanised Engineers?
13. MAS TERRACE. I like the word division, though perhaps lesser requires quotation marks to distance the sentiment from the authorial voice.
15. A CAN THUS (SHUT*).
16. UNIVERSE. Cryptic def. But does the universe hold all, or is it all?
17. DULCINEA. (CLUED IN A*). Ref Dulcinea de Toboso, Don Quixote’s idolised true love. If you haven’t read it, do.
19. VEN E’ER. Sort for venerable.
20. ST ROBE.