Posted by linxit on September 3rd, 2007
Solving time 4:32
I suppose I should thank Rufus after last Friday’s battle with a really tough Araucaria, but this was just too easy! I’m no speed demon, but I got nearly every clue at first glance. And what about the four across clues on the top and bottom rows? Where’s the misdirection? There were too many CDs (I counted 11, with 5 DDs too), which means more than half the clues had no wordplay. Having said that, I thought 11 was a brilliant anagram &lit. Almost made up for the rest!
5 CRYSTAL – I’m not sure this is even a CD. It’s more word-association than crossword clue!
11 APOSTROPHE (perhaps too)* – excellent &lit. Did I already mention that?
12 L,IN,NET – another good one, with perfectly natural surface reading.
13 APPLE PIE – DD. I hadn’t heard of an apple-pie bed before, which is one where the sheets are doubled over so you can’t get in it.
23 FALSETTO (of latest)* – nicely disguised anagram.
28 CANTEEN – sort of double CD, or cryptic DD? Whatever…
29 ENEMIES – straight clue. I suppose the idea is that friends talk about their enemies, so “converse” can have two meanings. However, as both lead to the same answer, what’s the point?
4 EX-ACTOR – this might have been the trickiest clue, and was the only one I had to go back to once all the crossing letters were there.
7 SCORE DRAW – another CD where the point is the two meanings of the word “tie”, but again, what else could it be?
9 ROMAN CATHOLIC (can omit choral)* – nicely apt anagram fodder, but easily spotted.
22 STROKE – best of the bunch of double definitions today. The leading oarsman in a boat, or a shot played.