Posted by linxit on September 11th, 2007
Solving time – approx. 20 minutes
Another witty and scurrilous (I mean that as a compliment) offering from Gordius today! Really enjoyable to solve, although it required a lot of general knowledge (some of it fairly recent and UK-specific) to understand some of the clues fully.
9 VASE,CT,O MY! – cut indeed – ouch!
10 HE,LEN – ship launcher = HELEN is an old chestnut that I haven’t seen for a few years. From Helen of Troy, “the face that launched a thousand ships.”
11 R(ETRE)AT – être is “to be” in French-speaking Martinique, inside rat=”desert”
13 INRO (iron*) – a little Japanese box found in crosswords and on Antiques Roadshow.
14 LITTLE CHEF – “failing” referring to the fact that the roadside restaurant chain went into administration earlier this year.
16 NOCTULE (clue not)* – a type of bat.
17 HOTSPUR (up short)* – nickname of Sir Henry Percy, a 14th-century soldier.
19 HOME,OFFICE – nice idea, but only true for those of us who work in an office.
22 FR,A,U – that’s French and German required today.
24 RAPHAEL – “Leah, par” all reversed. When I see the name Raphael I think of the painter, but it’s also the name of an archangel.
25 TROLL,OP – funnily enough, I thought of Jade Goody even before I got the answer to this clue…as may have been Gordius’ intention. One dictionary definition of jade is “a woman regarded as disreputable or shrewish” anyway.
27 ANDROGENS (send organ)* – a hard anagram to crack for some reason. I had most of the crossing letters before I got it.
1 A,VERSION,T(HE)RAPY – HE inside party*
3 SCREW – Brit slang for a prison warder.
5 TYPIST – “Thai pissed”, naughty Gordius!
6 CHAMPER(s),T(ips)Y – I worked it out from the wordplay, and thought I’d vaguely heard of it as a word. It’s the crime of participating in a lawsuit as a third party in order to share the proceeds of winning. A bit like those “accident lawyers” who advertise on TV.
8 UNFIT FOR PURPOSE – as John Reid described the Home Office when he took over there. I thought the first half of the clue was a bit weak though, unless I’m missing something.
17 HOCKTIDE – to hock something is to pawn it, and “Uncle” is a nickname for a pawnbroker. Hocktide is a medieval festival which now only survives in Hungerford – no wonder I’d never heard of it!
18 PA,R(ALLE)L – PA + ELLA (Fitzgerald) rev. inside R and L (sides).
21 FULMAR (harmful* – h) – with F?L??? I was thinking FALCON, and couldn’t think of another bird that fit for ages. When I finally deciphered the anagram at 27 I remembered FULMAR and only then realised it was an anagram.
22 MOT,OR – duh! last one I put in, despite the fact that I’ve been working on MOT computerisation for nearly 4 years!