Posted by loonapick on October 23rd, 2007
In my opinion, a mixture of brilliant clues (5, 10, 20) and some of the things I don’t like so much in puzzles (14, 24) and a couple of clues where I’m not sure if they are good or not (13, 19)
5 SPADES – quarter of a deck of cards, would have been easier if there wasn’t a typo in the online version (“round-breaking”?)
9 I’M-PUN-(p)ITY – (I think!) – this all seems a bit clumsy to me, unless I am missing something. I also don’t like “execution” as an indication of removing the first letter.
10 S(o)U(n)D(w)O(r)K(o)U(t) – quite clever
12 FULL OF HOLES
15 (<=S-ED-ON) – good fun
17 WARMONGER – (Amer wrong)* – took me a while to get this one, even tho’ I agree with the opinion expressed
18 STEP DANCE – (speed can’t)* – a dance where the emphasis is on footwork rather than body position
19 TIT-US – Religion is not my strong point, as I am an atheist, but wasn’t Titus the name of the recipient of the letter and of the book in which it appeared rather than the letter itself?
20 T-RUES-TORIES – no lies
24 HEEHAW – (dodgy homophone of HE-WHORE)
25 HOMESPUN – (menu Posh)*
2 ROPE LADDER – (pal rode)*-(<=RED)
4 GET THE WIND UP
6 PAUL’S-CO-T.T. – author of the Raj Quartet
8,22,7 SHUT THAT DOOR – (tout had short)* – Larry Grayson’s famous catchphrase, although I don’t know how famous it is to non-Brits or the younger generation?
11 BLARNEY STONE – (near Selby)* out of TON
13 E-GOT-RIP-PER – Another typo in the online version – “Crush” should be “rush”
14 DR-ESS SENSE – Is this the record for the number of “points” clued as vaguely as this? Hate this kind of clue.