Posted by neildubya on August 14th, 2007
Just a short blog for this puzzle as many of the clues don’t really need much explaining. One thing you could never accuse Armonie of is unnecessary complexity in his clueing as the many of the clues have a Zen-like brevity to them and most of the answers rarely have more than two elements (eg, SUP,PORTER, TRAM, DE,ADMEN, PAST,E). For me, this made it a bit unexciting but if I was starting out on a solving career this is the sort of puzzle I would relish as a chance to fill a grid unaided.
If anyone would like an explanation for a clue not listed here, please leave a comment and I’ll do the honours.
|11||(TRACE TOXIN)* – It’s not immediately obvious that “blood” and EXTRACTION can mean the same thing but they can both refer to family origin or descent.|
|12||(l)ARCH – “pollard”, I have now discovered, means to cut back the branches of a tree. Armonie is using it here to indicate the removal of the first letter from “larch”. I think.|
|19||DE,ADMEN – I didn’t know this phrase but the wordplay leaves no room for doubt.|
|22||(WRONG RIGHT)* – GROWTH RING.|
|28||(TOT CREEPS)* – TOP SECRET.|
|3||DEAR,MEN in ENT – “hospital department” is Ear, Nose and Throat.|
|7||hidden in “satisfACTORily”|
|8||HEN in PARTON – the PARTHENON is the temple of the Greek goddess Athena.|
|21||A,MIG,O – a reference to the MiG fighter jet.|
|23||GREET – double definition as GREET is a Northern dialect word for weep.|