Posted by nmsindy on October 29th, 2007
I found this very tough indeed. Usually where there is a theme with interlinked answers, it’s slower but I thought this might be different when I found 16 across etc after just 12 mins. But not so. Some very devious, clever, misdirection and very satisfying to finish.
Solving time: 58 mins
* = anagram < =reversed
9 ARCHENEMY Dick CHENE(y) in ARMY!
12 C (Jonathan) ROSS E D = 500 (many). Also thematic – referred to in 16
13 DEISM Hidden – definition ‘reasonable belief’ made me a bit doubtful for a while, however.
14 R (ET) AILERS Duo after lead in Peter = pETer
19 SUMMITEER Favourite clue, with misleading context of a chess board. A meeting of the top 8 countries (not including China, though) and a mountain.
21 SAL(m)ON 3 = MEDIUM (abbrev m) ‘concealed’ used as subtractive indicator.
24 DO RIS ST(OK)ES A medium Do ok in (sisters)*
25 SEDGE WREN Jenny is a wren (green weds)*. New phrase for me that I worked out from the anagram when I’d enough crossing letters.
1 CAN DI DATES Surface a bit surreal.
2 S CAR RING Very subtle misdirection. Definition is ‘marks left’
3 MEDIUM Was not fully convinced of this till solving 24 across. “Say television channel” It is a TV channel but ‘say’ puzzled me. “TV channel, say” would be a straight definition. Not sure about medium = say
4 Alvin B ERG Wrote the opera ‘Lulu’ B = letter after a!
5 EYE-CATCHER Holden Caulfield, main character in JD Salinger’s ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.
6 GE (RONIM)O Minor< in Geo (a creek or gully)
7 LASSI E (sails)* Clever use of seagoing context, for the much-filmed dog “Bark’s courageous owner”
14 R (OOT) EDNESS Too< Clever misdirection – was looking for in = both ends of inflammation for quite a while.
15 S (ER ENAD) ING (Dane re)< in sing = grass = inform. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a Dane.
17 T (HICK) EST Fun clue.
18 HE (LIPO) R T
20 MA (I G) RE