Posted by neildubya on August 28th, 2007
I started slowly, and didn’t feel in tune with the puzzle at all, maybe it was the bruising effect of trying to solve Saturday’s twin puzzles…….
9 URTICARIA Often references to rash lead to Urticaria, which is Nettlerash. (H)urt – harmful without the ‘h’, ic, sounds like I see, and “Your Tiny Hand is Frozen” is an aria from La Boheme.
10 MULCT is to fine, and is found reversed in ‘act clumsily’.
11 CHE SARA SARA – ‘what will be, will be’, and an anagram of search a Sara.
12 BASTION – Backwards ‘nob’ holding ‘asti’, a sparkling wine.
14 COIN C ID ENT . ‘Coin is cash, and ID within a cent.
16 TURNOUT for a while I was convinced this was tourist, but it isn’t!
17 BEN GAL I
19 OVER CO OK ED, co-ed being the abbreviation for co-educational.Paul thinks of OK as meaning reasonably. If you believe it is an acronym for Orl Korrect, then this seems rather grudging.
14 MORDENT – a musical embellishment, like a trill, and an anagram of modern t(imes).
25 DI LUTE D
27 CON SON ANT, an ‘a’ is certainly not a consonant, but a con is a kid, a son is a boy, and some ants are soldier ants.
1 PUNCTUATION MARK – refers to the comma following ‘mountain’, and is an anagram of ‘track up mountain’.
2 S TEE LIER – a tee being a stand, and steelier being more determined, so I assume this is correct, but I can’t see the drive. Can anyone else?
4 FREAK OUT anagram of four and take.
5,6 CAR BONE MISSIONS Nice clue.
8,15 IT’S NOT BIG AND IT’S NOT CLEVER
17 BLEEDING – evidence of a cut.
18 AWAY TEAM
20 ERR AND, to err is to make a mistake, or slip.
21 OPT I C S, I assumed that chapter abbreviated was generally ‘ch’, and then study steered me towards ‘office’, but the study of light is optics.