Posted by tilsit on August 16th, 2007
Solving time: 57 minutes
A nice friendly monthly puzzle from Azed, with some clever clueing and no need to resort to brain straining themes or devices. I wonder whether indicating hyphenated answers would help as much as stating whether an answer has multiple words.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (R) = Reversal (CD) = Cryptic def.
1 POSTHASTE – This was the word to be clued, and a nice friendly word that loaned itself to a variety of ideas.
10 POINT AFTER A FT (ONE FOOT) inside POINTER
11 C-LIST – One of my favourite clues. Big Brother celebrities are likely to be C-LIST. See under ‘C’ in Chambers. L (left) in CIST (A TOMB). Nice combining of the ideas to make entombed.
13 LOGE Not sure why the word ‘fine’ is used here. It seems unnecessary. A LOG in this sense means an answer key / type of book.
14 KISS-ME Not just the seaside hat, but also a plant, a veil or a bonnet. MISS* inside KE (half of Poke)
16 SIPPET PPE (Course: Philosophy, politics, conomics: a university course) inside SIT.
17 DISHOME I + SH (ONE QUIET) inside DOME (Cathedral)
18 TOKENISM OK inside MEN IT’S*
20 AVON I liked this clue as well. I comes out of AVION to give the name of a flower (as in something that flows, i.e. a river)
22 PRIG Tom (as in Piper’s son) stole a PIG, with R in
23 SALTIERS TIER inside LASS*
25 INJELLY Rather surprisingly shown as one word in Chambers. J (Journal) inside I NELLY
29 SOOGIE SO replaces B at the front of BOGIE
30 ERYNGO GONE* around RY (edges of rockery)
31 TORT The first clue I solved today R in TOT
32 ALBAN Hidden in phrase “historicAL BANners”
33 ONEWORLDER O (love) + NEW ORDER (fresh system – no Manchester band for Azed, I’m afraid) with L (liberal) inside.
34 I NEVER DID Don’t go searching for operatic composers from England. Azed is being much more devious. It’s E + VERDI inside and anagram of DIN. Another clue to savour.
1 POCKET PISTOL POCKET = PINT-SIZE, + TO LIPS*. Like the used of ‘applied’ as an anagram indicator.
2 OBLIGOR LIG (lie) in O (love) + BOR (Neighbour – see Chambers)
3 TOSSY Sinuous, ie Bending, characters = O & S inside TOY
4 HITMAN H (Hour) + ITMA (a radio show remembered by those of a certain age featuring Tommy Handley) + N (new)
5 STASI IS + ATS (abbr. Section) (R)
6 TAOISM AIMS TO*
7 STOPOVER P (Parking) + O (‘On’. shortly) inside STOVER
8 BEGEM BEG + ‘EM
9 PRETENSIONED NINE RODS PETE*
12 MEDIA A (Afternoon) + IDEM (the same) (R)
16 SKIJORER JOKE + IS + RR *
19 SLYER LEY* (Half of Henley) inside SR (Southern Region) Nice rail allusion.
21 ORIGAMI (I GO + RAM) * plus I
23 SLIP ON NOS (R) about LIP
24 TIRADE Run = definition R = Runs inside A DIET*
26 NO-ONE NOON (12) + E
27 LEARE LEAR (Source of Nonsense!) + E
28 TYLER (S) TYLE + R (Rule)
Now dear gentlefolk, in addition to the splendid meet in that London next week, there is a small gathering of solvers meeting in York this weekend. The main gathering is on Saturday afternoon when we will be presenting a cheque to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the monies raised from the Bunthorne Tribute Book. We will be meeting at The Maltings public house, just opposite the Railway Station from around 1:00 onwards. Feel free to join us.