Posted by michod on September 21st, 2007
A decent Friday puzzle with some tough nuts to crack. One name I’d never come across before, and required Google’s help, some humorous touches, and a little linked mini-theme including two phrases, one of which I’m not utterly convinced by.
1. S(CULL I)ON.
10. DU(N)G. Ya dig the clue, man?
11. STRAIGHT A’S. Double definition, but links with 24ac for 15, 22.
12. WA(ll street)BASH. I don’t know the song, but this sounded more likely than WAMASH.
14. UNBEATEN. Quite hard till I saw the def had to be ‘Scrambled eggs will not be’.
15, 22. UTTER L(ovel)Y HO NEST. Straight as Adie, with space = straight as a die. Nic etransformation of those two clues, but was it necessary to indicate the space? There’s no mention of the ‘A’ in Adie becoming lower case, or ‘straight A’s’ becoming ‘straight as’. And I don’t think ‘utterly honest’ is a recognised phrase. I’d be happier with it used as a definition for ‘straight as a die’, not vice versa.
17. A NTH R AX. N here is nth, not just N.
20. PAN D EMIC (MICE*).
23. ADSORPTION (ON SPORT AID*). Not wuite sure what the surface is hinting at – celeb sports pundits generating hot air?
24. (l)ADIE(s). Nice wordplay, ref the BBC’s Kate Adie. ‘One-time’ seems a little harsh, I believe she still does some broadcasting now and then.
26. SASH AYE D.
1. OC(CUP)ANT (ACTON*).
4. S(NAR)LUP. PLUS* around RAN<.
5. S(C)RIA BIN. AIRS*. I was torn between this and the equally improbable SCAIRBIN.
6. DISHWASHER. CD, ref supposed practise of making you wash the dishes if you can’t pay for your meal. It always happened in the Beano, but has anyone done it in real life?
7. O PI(r)ATE. ‘At’ seems redundant – a minor quibble.
16. LAMPPOST. ‘Going’ as in peeing, setter unusually meaning the dog (unless Brummie’s referrring to his own habits when caught short after a night on the ale).
24, 21. ADAM AND EVE. Cockney rhyming slang, as in ‘Wouldya Adam n Eve it!”