Posted by loonapick on September 4th, 2007
(Apologies for the late post – solved the puzzle earlier today, and forgot to write the blog!!)
This was a toughie, especially after the usual Rufus romp yesterday. Some very unusual words and difficult wordplay. There are a couple of examples below where I can’t quite explain the wordplay.
Took me a good half an hour to solve, possibly more – I wasn’t counting and it was several hours ago.
9 M-ALLEE – a small eucalyptus tree
10 ANNE-(L)-IDA – segmented worms
11 RECOMBINANT DNA – reverse cryptic – “and” is an anagram of DNA, and recombinant would be the anagrind
13 SP-ILL-I(KIN)S – another name for jackstraws – SP (sine prole) is appearing a lot in crosswords just now
16 OR(i)B(i)S – ORIBIS are small African antelopes
18 F-RATERNIS-(desir)E – where RATERNIS = (restrain)*
21 GAVE UP THE GHOST – as in, sacked the ghost writer
2 SA(LIE)RI – Antonio Salieri, the “baddie” in the play and movie, “Amadeus”
3 GRENOBLE – not altogether sure of the wordplay, something to do with GREY and NOBLE?
5 NO(<=TEN ANON)TE – NO NO NANETTE is a musical comedy, first produced in 1925, filmed as “Tea for Two” in 1950
6 EXE-‘UNT – stage instruction meaning “they exit”
8 GUARAN(i)-TEE – the guarani is the unit of currency in Paraguay
12 BAKER STREET – again haven’t had time to work out the wordplay
13 SHOTG-LASS – SHOTG = (ghost)*
15 ARCH-IVES – Charles Ives (1874-1954), more famous in Crosswordland than in the real world?