Posted by Pete Maclean on September 6th, 2007
Yet another beauty from Cincinnus. This one had several words/terms that I did not know but they all proved fairly easy to figure out. My favourite clues are 12A, 24A and 25A.
1. LACROSSE – anagram of SCALES and OR
5. STALAG – S[tric]T + A (key) + LAG (prisoner)
9. BRAINIER – B (bishop) + RAINIER (prince)
10. CRABBY – R (edge of road) in CABBY (driver)
12. AISLE – IS in ALE (beer)
13. DAY RETURN – anagram of READY + TURN (go)
14. HOLDER – double definition. Refers to Noddy Holder, an actor and musician who was a member of the group Slade.
16. STORIES – S (bearing) + TORIES (politicians)
18. ANTIBES – anagram of BEST IN A
20. DAKOTA – KO (decisive blow) in DATA (facts and figures)
22. ATHEISTIC – HE IS in ATTIC (room at the top)
23. CONGO – CON (prisoner) + GO (leave)
24. AMUSED – A MUSE (one of nine goddesses) + D (died after). Great surface!
25. SAPPHIRE – anagram of HIS PAPER
26. AT EASE – A TEASE (a quiz)
27. LEATHERY – LEA (pasture) + THE + RY (railway)
1. LIBYAN – LIB (party) + NAY (no revolutionary)
2. CHATSWORTH HOUSE – a fine estate in Derbyshire while there is a Chatsworth in Devon
3. OUNCE – hidden word
4. SPENDER – double definition. Being not well up on poets, this was a tough one for me. Wanted it to be Spenser but that did not fit with prodigal. I finally figured out that this clue refers to Sir Stephen Harold Spender CBE, (February 28, 1909, London – July 16, 1995).
6. TURKEY OAK – TURKEY (bird) + OK (up to scratch) around A. Another tough one as I had never heard of this kind of oak. Fortunately, my dictionary had!
7. LABOUR INTENSIVE – anagram of URBAN TELEVISION
8. GUYANESE – GUY (chap) + A (one) + anagram of SEEN
11. DYES – hidden word
15. DUBLINERS – double definition
17. LAVA LAVA – LAVA (hot stuff) + LAVA (doubling)
19. SETT – double definition. (Sett can mean a small block of hard stone, such as granite, used for paving.)
20. DECLARE – DANTE with ANT (worker) removed + CLARE (another poet)
21. COMEDY – anagram of MY CODE
23. COP IT – PI (a couple of pillows) in COT (bed). Took me a while to remember that “a couple of…” can refer to the letters of a word.