Posted by loonapick on September 20th, 2007
A typical fun crossword from Paul – an enjoyable challenge as he doesn’t allow the rules to get in the way of a good clue.
Time taken – 14mins, approximately
1 see 19dn
5 T(HR)O-WIN – spent too long trying to work out the wordplay, because I couldn’t help but see “time” as T
9 RADII – there are 2 of them across a circle or ring
10 ALPENHORN – (planner)* round HO
11 IVORY-TO-WE-(solve)R – another one where the wordplay takes longer to work out than it does to put in the obvious answer
14 UNDERTAKERS – geddit?
22 FIN-G(<=FRE(sh))OOD – “nibbles” is the definition, “bit of fish” = FIN. Again, wordplay took me a while because I couldn’t see past F as “bit of fish”
27 PSALTER – (stapler)*
28 PO(<=ACE-L)T – typo corrected
2 SIDE-ON – (Edison)* – what do people think of “invention of” as the anagrind?
3 1-KID-YOU(NO)T(h) – nice
5 TOP SECRET – (protects E)*
6,21dn RING-PULL – for our non-cricketing fans, a pull shot is a cricket shot where the batsman “pulls” the ball from one side of the wicket to the other – a risky shot, especially if you’re as poor at the game as I am.
7 WHO(CA(ke))RES – wouldn’t be Paul without a clue like this, would it?
8 N(O)N-SE-N-SE – the only clue in the puzzle I have a problem with. Using “a number of points” to indicate seven of the eight letters appears a bit lazy to me
13 K(A1-SERB)ILL – nickname of Wilhelm II, the last emperor of Germany and Prussia
17 A-POLO-GIA – where GIA is the “starts to” Get Interesting Attacking”
19,1ac POETIC JUSTICE – my favourite clue in the puzzle, although some purists might frown a bit
24 FLAT RACE – another good ‘un