Posted by michod on October 9th, 2007
Good stuff – one of two 3 downs for me in the other downs, but lots of decent clues too.
9. DER RING DO. Very nice – Bayreuth made me think Wagner and the Ring, but a good use of the title in German (without des Nibelungen, of course).
11. LA(SAG)NE. I’ve never quite understood why we use the French spelling of an Italian dish – Chambers lists ‘lasagna’ as well, but it’s less often seen.
12. TEST(IF)Y. ‘If’ being ‘condition’.
14. A(PART MEN)T. Good simple surface and construction.
16. EARTH SHATTERING. TREATING THE RASH*.
21. (w)INNER. Another good surface.
22. H O SPICE. I’m not sure about ‘hand’ for H – it’s not in Chambers, but may be supported by other dics. ‘Round’ as in a ring = O.
24. SPRI(n)G. As well as K, knight can give N, as in chess notation, where of course it has to be distinguished from King.
25. CON TENDER. Tory-loving – very nice.
1. A(DOLE)SCENT. More often than not, benefit is dole.
3. NI(GG)LE. As in “Thanks to Kieron, I had a win on the gee-gees” (the lawyer asks me to point out this is a hypothetical example with no bearing on any current court case).
5. POST(MAST)ER. You get so conditioned by misleading surfaces that I was convinced ‘delivery supervisor’ would be a midwife or obstetrician. D’oh!
6. CAS(SET)TE. As in the magazine of a gun, I think.
7. MA(R)INE. Jolly as a nickname for the Royal Marines, which can also give RM.
15. TIGERS HARK. I don’t think this works – the Leicester Tigers play rugby, and while the name of the game may officially be ‘rugby football’, would you really call a rugby player a footballer? I wouldn’t (but I couldn’t make a fish out of ‘Foxes’!)
18. INNU(END)O. Shouldn’t amalgamation involve two separate things being fused, rather than one confused?
20. (c)ENSURE. Protect seems to me to be a better synonym for ‘insure’, but there may be a sense for which this works.
22. marsH ASPhodel.