Posted by tilsit on October 2nd, 2007
Solving time: 24 minutes
I sometimes imagine Paul, in his spare time, at the end of Southend Pier, playing his banjo and telling rude jokes to the assembled punters in a straw boater and striped jacket. However, having met the man, I can confirm that he doesn’t indulge in such behaviour. However, sometimes, his puzzles
make you wonder whether he should indulge in the odd trip to the seaside, if the crosswords ever dried up, not that they ever would.
This one is no exception and is full of the usual fun. Bravo (and encore!) Paul!
ACROSS * = ANAGRAM cD = Cryptic Definition (R) = Reversal.
9 OVULATION This is a bit complicated and if I have it wrong, please advise.
“I appreciate that, darling, nothing = TA LUV O (R) + I + ON. “It happens
once a month” = definition. Very clever.
10 YEAST Y (UNKNOWN) + EAST (Point)
12 UNCHAIN CHA(P) [short bloke] inside UNI(O)N [loveless marriage].
13 MAJOR JAM (R) + T(OR)Y
14 GREENGAGE G + RE-ENGAGE
16 AMBULANCE CHASER LANCE (To pop) inside SUCH A* inside AMBER. nice clue and image.
19 EXPEDIENT EX PEN (old writer) about DIE (end) + T
21 PERCH Two defs.
22 NEMESIS Release of man = SEMEN (R) + IS Even Cyclops would be hard-pressed to beat this!
23 SHOTGUN SHOGUN with T (end of biggest) inside.
24 VIOLA Double def.
25 ACROPOLIS CROP + SILO attached to A
1 CONSUMMATE MATE (couple) with C + ON + SUM – Total = definition.
2 PUT-UP JOB PUT-UP (Has to accommodate) + JOB (Biblical character, famous for patience)
3 RANKER Double def. I am sure the idea of using Jonathan Ross must have crossed his
4 PIMP PI + MP
5 INDUCEMENT cockneys, famous for dropping their aitches, would use ‘INDU CEMENT for biding.
6 HYACINTH HINT + H with CAY (r) inside
7 PANAMA Double def. A Panama is a type of hat.
8 STUN NUTS (R)
14 GINGER SNAP GP with GRANNIES* inside.
15 EARTHINESS EAR + SHE ISN’T *
17 LODE STAR LOST READ *
18 STRUGGLE ST +RUGGE(R) with L inside.
21 PROMPT Dbl def
22 NAVY The main body of a church is the Nave, so……
23 SERF Hidden answer.
Thanks again to Paul for the knockabout fun!