Posted by nmsindy on October 11th, 2007
An excellent puzzle from one the Indy’s occasional setters, with a background in the world of advanced puzzles. A mixture of very easy and very hard clues, I found. Excellently crafted with some cunning seamless divisions between definition and wordplay. As with some recent Mordred Indys there’s a theme (or, at least an element of dedication). In case readers want to look themselves first, I will give this info after the clue explanations.
Solving time: 27 mins
* = anagram < = reversed
11 CLEAR (net) AC (N – Henman’s ultimate ie last) E
12 DAIRYMAID R (right) for L (Liberal) in daily maid
13 Starsky and HUTCH cf Lord Sutch h = hard for s = is = ‘s eg the clue’s understood
15 ETH(n)ICAL Yes, there is a word ‘ethnical’ meaning the same as ethnic
18 SHE BANG “Girl on girl affair?” Hmmm!
25 IR ISH STEW s and s in (white)* Very strange one, this – when I saw the enumeration I thought of Irish stew but said it could not be with ‘from Ireland’ in the clue, but it is! There’s a &lit element too of course.
26 IN CUR (RUC NI)< Replaced in recent times by the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland)
27 LATENT cf talent.
2 FORT ITUDE Maybe keep = fort (dutie)*
3 EVERY NOW AND THEN h (hard) in (even a down entry)*. Great clue, with excellent surface.
4 CO (CK AD) E Calvin Klein Seb Coe
6 EARTHSHATTERING (heart)*
7 IN N IT The last I solved. Tag = common expression it = the guy who chases others in children’s game. Think that’s it anyway.
9 MED (pad)DLE The best of the many seamless joins in/sea
16 CRUST ACEA retracted means, I think, take away the odd letters of hAd ChElAe
21 CYPRUS All based on first or last letters with three separate indications. Definition is island and it also has an &lit touch.
23 EXI (S) T Another one using an initial letter.
Dedication: Look at central row and column – two boy’s names of six letters.