Posted by loonapick on October 31st, 2007
A typically challenging puzzle from the master himself. There are a few mini-themes such as religion (NUNNERY, WHITED SEPULCHRE, LOURDES, EXCOMMUNICATION), the Crusades (GRAIL, BALDWIN), a couple of medical terms (FEMORAL, LUSTRAL) and a couple of Welsh towns (MAESTEG, DOLGELLAU), but I can’t bring it all together, so either I’m looking for something that isn’t there, or it’s gone over my head.
Solving time (18 mins, although I had to look up LUSTRAL and DISILLUDE
1 MAE-(<=GETS) – where MAE refers to Mae West, the actress
5 FE-MORAL – of the femur
12 YOUNGSTER – (grey not us)* – clever anagram
14 D-URAL – aka Duralumin, Duraluminum or Duraluminium, an allow of copper, manganese and magnesium, first used in arship frames by the Germans.
16 D(IS-ILL)UDE – had to look this word up, then kicked myself for not working it out.
22 WHITED SEPULCHRE – W(HIT)ED-(cups here)* about L – a person who is inwardly evil, but professes virtue
24 LOURDES – (older US)* – hmmm! an indirect anagram and a dodgy anagrind – an Araucaria special?
2 EX-COMMUNICATION – “bull” in the sense of a procalamation (Papal Bull, eg)
3 TWO-LEGGED – EGG in (old wet)* – I can’t find a dictionary that defines “isosceles” as two-legged, but I suppose I can see what he is getting at.
7 RIDING-ROUGHS-HOD – Wasn’t sure about RIDING = Yorkshire at first, but then reconsidered. If you take it as RIDING ROUGHS = “Yorkshire hooliganes” it works.
8 L-(a)USTRAL(ia) – LUSTRAL is a sedative drug
14 DOLGELLAU – (gold)*-ELL-AU
15 BALD-WIN – referring to Baldwin of Boulogne, one of the leaders of the First Crusade.