Fifteensquared

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Guardian 24,183 (Sat 15 Sep)/Paul – Vewy quiet

Posted by rightback on September 22nd, 2007

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Solving time: 13:42

It felt as though I made fairly heavy weather of this; the long answers took longer than they should have, especially 11dn, and answers like MARSH GAS for ‘methane’ should have been instant.

Music (18ac): Achilles Heel by Toploader.

* = anagram, < = reversed, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.

Across
1 ROA(D(S)IG)N
5 TURBOT; (TO BRUT)<
9 WA(L(K)OVE)R – like 1ac, a double container.
10 CHANG + E
12 R + OAST – ‘for the’ makes the surface but is superfluous to the cryptic reading.
13 NORTHEAST – very well hidden in ‘spaceman or the astronomer’.
14 MILL + SAND + BOON
18 A + CHILL + E(SHE)EL – very good wordplay but the surface reading doesn’t make much sense.
23 MARCH – which comes before the April showers.
24 GR(AV)ID – meaning pregnant, from Latin gravis (heavy).
25 FI(VESTA)R
26 SITTER (double definition) – ‘dolly’ as in ‘easy catch’.
27 EGGS + HELL – nice surface (“Spurs’ misery at the finish”), perhaps a reference to this? ‘Eggshell’ is a very thin kind of paint, hence ‘finish’.
Down
1 REWARD; DRAWER<
3 SHOW TRIAL; (THIS LAW OR)*
4 GREENSLEEVES (two defs, one cryptic) – probably a more natural choice for today’s music award, but I’m afraid I can’t stand it.
6 UH-HUH; H in U[ta]H U[ta]H
7 BUNG + A + LOW
8 TWEETING; “TREATING”, as spoken by Elmer Fudd. His fellow speech-impediment sufferer Sylvester’s foe was Tweety Pie.
11 BREATHTAKING (cryptic definition)
15 DREAMLESS; MALE* in DRESS – as in ‘Above thy deep and dreamless sleep’ from O Little Town of Bethlehem.
16 MARS + H(G)AS – G as in G-force.
17 P(H)EASANT
19 W(R)ITH + E
20 CH + ORAL

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