Posted by tilsit on October 9th, 2007
Solving Time: 17 minutes
Another breathtaking puzzle from Virgilius, who is surely in the elite of setters.
The clues are all thematic, concise, read splendidly and bring a smile to the face
(Especially 14/18 across!!).
As always, a shining example to aspiring setters that the most obvious can be
hidden in a beautiful clue.
ACROSS * = ANAGRAM / CD = CRYPTIC DEF / R = REVERSAL
1 CHARGE Triple definition all science related!
5 PARALLAX PAR + A L (a line) + LAX
9 BUTANE BUT + A + NE (neon)
10 TITANIUM (IT + A MINUT (Less than a minute!!)*
11 HEIGHTEN EIGHT inside HE + N
12 LASER The only clue to cause me some concern - This looks like
a homophone for LAZER, one who lazes.
14/15 PERIODIC TABLE OF THE ELEMENTS Stunning! He is Helium (element number 2) and I (Iodine) is no 53.
18 MESON Hidden answer
19 NICHROME (IRON + CHEM)*
22 PURIFIER PURI + FIRE*
23 APOGEE A P + OGEE (a curve)
24 GEOMETRY GEO (George) + ME + TRY (Experiment)
2 HOUSE 2 Defs
3 REALGAR Hidden answer
4 ELECTRODES D in STEEL CORE*
6 RATS As used by Charlie Brown! Dbl def.
7 LINEAR B A in LINER + B
13 ATOMIC MASS Nice cryptic def
14 PROCEDURE REPRODUCE*
16 THORIUM HOT* + I in RUM
17/25 NERVOUS SYSTEM RUNS MESSY VOTE*
21 GILT Initial letters