Posted by nmsindy on August 14th, 2007
A very pleasing puzzle, which I found quite easy.
Solving time: 22 mins
* = anagram < = reverse
9 OVERT RUMP Ruff (a term from the card game bridge, I think) = trump, then higher = overtrump.
10 OPER A Repo< Repossession
11 GARD A Drag< Irish policeman (from the Irish language = Guard)
13 PRIVATE (closed) EQUITY (Actor’s Union) A quick look does not turn the phrase up in dicts, but it was pretty straightforward.
15 RANCOUR “Ranker”
17 OPEN AIR Hidden reversal Did not try to find anything out about the Siluarian epoch
19 APPLE TURNOVER
20 BEERS HEB A
21 NIFFY Prob from (s)niffy, but I thought having a cold was sniffly, but no matter.
1 Bjorn B(oy) OR G(irl) Brilliant “Old tennis player offered choice of children”
3 STRATI (artist)* Plural of stratus (a cloud)
5 UPSIDE-DOWN CAKES i.e. buns< = snub!
6 BOUTIQUE “Boo teak”
7 YE(s)MEN I Next = naysayers
8 NAY Dorothy SAYERS (any)*
14 BROAD BAND
16 OBE IS ANT (soldier perhaps)
18 AERO FOIL! That chocolate must be still around
20 PA ELLA
24 YET I