Posted by nmsindy on September 25th, 2007
Another wonderful themed puzzle from Virgilius. All the across answers from French and quite a few references in the down clues too. As it happens, this blogger is very familiar with French so it was an unusually fast solve. The extra time gave me the opportunity to admire the excellent surface readings from the master.
Solving time: 12 mins
* = anagram
1 CHACUN A SON GOUT Literally, each to his taste. Norman = French
8 ON-DIT (I don’t)*
11 C’EST LA GUERRE Literally, that’s war (a resigned shrug)
17 MOTS Most with last letters reversed (‘twist’)
19 CRI DE COEUR (Occurred i.e)* literally, a cry from the heart.
22 ENTREPRENEUR Hidden. Congrats on hiding 12 successive letters!
27 VINGT-ET-UN Twenty-one (card game) – Score (20) is ‘slightly exceeded’
28 PARDON MY FRENCH
1 CUB A The 1962 Cuba missile crisis
2 AWAY “Where there’s a will there’s a way”!
3 UN G(U)ENT
4 A S SET S-class = s set
14 TARANTELLA Once regarded as cure for dance craze (tarantism) apparently
20 COUNTER Double definition
21 PERNOD (ponder)*
23 NANCY Double definition
24 ET ON one, the pronoun not the number.
25 INCH hidden