Posted by rightback on October 28th, 2007
Solving time: 14:15
Not too difficult this week from Araucaria, with no monster phrases or multiple cross-references. The top right corner held me up at the end, as did the long down clue which still baffles me a bit. I don’t understand the definition for 7dn.
I’m sorry this appears a day late; I’ve been busy over the weekend doing the OMM, and I bet I’m not the only reader of this blog who was there.
Music (24ac): Nimrod from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations; this performance dedicated to that Solti guy who appears in crosswords quite often, but not often enough for me to remember his name.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|5||SHELLAC; SHE + rev. of CALL – a gramophone record, some of which used to be made from shellac.|
|11||SPHINX + MOTH[er] – ‘largely mum’ nearly persuaded me to write MATE[r] for the second word. A death’s-head moth, like the sphinx moth, is another term for the hawk moth; I knew none of these three phrases.|
|13||SOLE + NO I.D.|
|16,3||GRAND LODGE; (DANGER + GOLD)* – something to do with masonry, I think.|
|19||INFLUENCE; (FUNNEL)* in ICE – ‘set’ as an anagram indicator?|
|24||NIM + ROD|
|26||TOO + TH(PAST)E|
|27||RAKE (double definition) – crosswordese for ‘debauchee’, though I’ve never heard the word used in this context.|
|29||IN (= ‘home’) + FLAT + E|
|2||H + ORATIO[n] – another character from Hamlet.|
|4||C/ESS + PIT – questionable use of ‘outside’, meaning here the first and last three letters.|
|6||HANDLE (hidden) – I find hidden clues with no indicator wholly unsatisfactory; ‘for’ just isn’t good enough.|
|7||LE MONTRE + E – ‘incorrect’ because ‘watch’ in French is ‘la montre’, not ‘le montre’. I don’t understand the definition (“…will provide answer”) – something from a nursery rhyme?|
|8||AN(T,L,I)ON – an ant-eating fly.|
|9||CHESS + CONGRESS – but the definition part (“…16s (15) at a time”) doesn’t seem to make sense. 16ac is GRAND and 15dn is TWO-MASTER so I think it’s a pointer towards ‘grandmaster’ but I can’t really justify it.|
|16||TWO (= ‘company’) + MASTER|
|18||CARP + O + RT|
|20||L + ANTE + R.N.|
|22||CHAPEL – “a dissenter’s place of worship, as of Nonconformists in England”, hence the definition.|
|25,12||M(E(RY)LSTREE)P – I didn’t know Elstree Studios so worried about the spelling of ‘Meryl’ for a while, and would never have got it if I hadn’t heard of her. Shouldn’t the clue really say ‘actress’?|