Posted by smiffy on November 1st, 2007
Was relieved to avoid an overly-taxing puzzle today, as I think recent sleep deprivation is catching up on me. A couple of good though-provoking devices nestled away in here, though. My parsing of 23D may be off-beam however.
Also, belated apologies for going AWOL on my blogging duties last week. Last-minute travel plans snafu-ed my online (and newspaper) access.
1 ROBINS,ON CRUSOE (source)* – a good-humoured, and natural, surface to kick matters off.
10 AK(IT)A – “To control” is one of the more Libertarian indicators you’ll meet in a contents/container clue.
12 PIANINO – hidden.
13 A,B INTRA (art nib) rev – even my layman’s Latin was sufficient to deduce this phrase.
14 LOCAL – “Weightwatchers” = Lo-Cal
16 KI(DNA)PPED (and)*- re: the RLS novel.
19 BAYS,W,ATER – I enjoyed “parking areas” = bays, as it initially lured the reflexive part of my brain into expecting some sort of “P+A” wordplay.
25 HATC,HET – initial letters + (the)*
29 NEVER-NEVER LA(N)D – I think never-never=”on credit” is probably classified as antiquated these days?
2 O,LIG,ARCH,Y – took me a while to justify the wordplay here, until I recalled “Yankee” as being radio call-sign for Y.
4 SKY ROCKET – re: Cockney rhyming slang
6 R(US,TIC)ATE – a crossword-friendly word, although I don’t actually recall encountering before in a puzzle.
17 D,ARK HO RSE (shore)* – Don’t think I’ve seen “departed” to indicate D before. Is it kosher?
19 PART,HEN,ON – not tricky, but a good seamless construction.
19 BLUE,FIN – “Blew” is the spending homophone.
23 K(IR)O,V – I presume that “Contest”=KO(=Knock out).