Posted by nmsindy on August 29th, 2007
Another excellent puzzle from Dac, with all stacking up in the end, some cleverly concealed definitions – very tough, esp SE corner, though this blogger’s cinematic ignorance contributed to that.
Solving time: 43 mins
* = anagram < = reversed
5 W EASEL
10 CUSTOM Pleasing double definition – this type of clue was more common in years gone by, I think.
14 DIS(c) ENGAGEMENT
20 IFS Irish Free State (1922-1938)
21 FOUR-POSTERS Excellent
24 FLANERIE (free in LA)* Anyone else looking first for (LA resort)*?
26 MAIL SHOT “male”
2 Hastings BAND A
3 BOA (stole!) TIES
4 O (VERGE) NERO US The old is separate from the ruler, I think.
6 EMU LATE Excellent misdirection.
8 LAMB (t)ASTE(d) Misleading join at “Roast/meat”
11 BRIAN DE PALMA p in (an admirable)* – took me ages to spot the anagram, not to mind solve it. Those who know more about films than me might be able to say if the literal clue wording is also appropriate.
14 DROP SCENE “seen” by audience.
17 S (OFT) TOP
18 AR (S) ENA L The most devious of all – I spent ages trying to fit ample in. L = large as in clothes sizes. Definition is “team”
22 E (ART) H Art in he< Really tricky – definition is “underground home”