Posted by tilsit on October 18th, 2007
Solving time: 9 minutes
Sometimes when I encounter what I believe to be a less than adequate puzzle, I tell myself that it’s aimed at the easier end of the scale and solvers need puzzles like this to advance their experience. I can’t justify that with today’s puzzle.
The theme is based on phrases that are synonyms of ABANDON (11 ac). Can’t help thinking that there is a good crossword in here with sharper clue-writing. There’s a factual error: The character in 16 across is not in The Munsters, he was in The Addams Family.
ACROSS (** = ANAGRAM / (R) = REVERSAL
9 BOAT-OWNER Cryptic definition, and quite clever. Boat-owner is not listed as a phrase in either of my dictionaries.
10 OKAPI I dislike clues that are “contrived” and this comes across as one. It just reads badly to me.
12 MOVE OUT Don’t understand this – can see the definition, although should if “Change of address” is to be the definition, the “of” is not needed.
13 DITCH 2 defs
14 WAISTLESS Homophone. WASTE LESS to end up WAIST LESS! I’ll let you judge this for yourselves.
16 LEAVE IN THE LURCH As I mentioned above, Lurch was the butler in The Addams Family, not The Munsters.
19 WALK OUT ON Here ON is used in the same sense as in 11.
21 PEDRO Apparently Pedro the Fisherman is a song by Richard Tauber and Gracie Fields. ED in PRO.
22 FORSAKE 2 Defs. FOR + SAKE (rice wine)
23 BAIL OUT Acc to Chambers, when meaning to abandon, it’s usually spelt BALE OUT, but this version is OK.
24 STEAL S + TEAL
25 ABSCONDER AB’S (Sailors) + CON (Double-cross) + DER (The German)
1 EBB AND FLOW Another one a bit too contrived for my liking. NABBED ** + FLOW (R). Ladykiller = WOLF (Depending on which version of the fairy tale you read.)
2 SAMANTHA AN ASTHMA *
3 DOODAH I thought De Camptown Races had been confined to the Non-PC box. For those unaware, the phrase “Doo-dah Doo-dah” is repeated after each line.
4 IN ON Hidden in Alb-INON-i. “Personal notes” id redundant.
5 FROM WITHIN FROM* WI + THIN
6 NON-VITAL ANVIL NOT*
7 CAPONE CAP + ONE
8 JILT J = Jamaica’s First + I LT (One officer – one lieutenant)
14 WINS THE DAY THEY WIND AS** - Nice to see Dicky getting an outing as an anagram ind.
15 SCHOOL TERM SCHOOL (Lots of fish) + TERM (Label)
17 EVOCABLE CHAP = COVE (R) + ABLE
18 REDWOODS R = Initially Robert – Does EDWARDS sound the same as ED WOODS? A thoroughly rotten clue.
20 LERNER LEARNER (Homophone)
21 PRISON Probably the best clue in the puzzle. Two defs.
22 FAST Dbl def
23 BASE Dbl def