Posted by nmsindy on September 10th, 2007
Interesting puzzle with clues ranging from very easy to very tricky.
A theme which I think you could not miss if you solved the puzzle – Land’s End and John O’Groats appropriately placed in the grid.
Solving time: 38 mins
* = anagram
1 CAP (Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union) ERIN G
5 ST JOHN Surreal surface reading
10 G (R) OATS r = rex (king)
12 EXES Short form of expenses
15 BAR ROW BOY
18 CHIP A piece of wood and (I think) referring to chip and pin technology re plastic (ie credit cards etc)
19 SCUD (clouds)* less lo = look
20 SETTLE S IN
25 CLOT (he) costume vb
29 B (IND) OVER BOVvER
31 DONE DEAL “Dundee’ll”!
1 CO (WHERe) B Natural wording reversed here, but got it in the end.
2 PHASE (shape)* Phase = faze = disconcert = throw
3 RA H(ind)U The Hindu God that hides the sun in eclipses.
7 ORATORIOS A very clever hidden that I did not spot till late on.
11 NOR YET (Try one)*
14 “Cheeky! – rude response to question about one’s age?” I think it’s BOLD with B- OLD as the rude reply!
16 CELL Double definition ref prison – excellent surface suggesting poultry. Difficult.
22 L AND S with END in 30 across S (END)ER.
23 RE EVE
24 RHINO (I horn)* & lit
26 LEVEE Double definition
27 Bette M(IDLE)R