Posted by tilsit on November 1st, 2007
Solving Time: 20 minutes
The usual clever puzzle from Nimrod that was ejoyable to solve with some good laugh-out-loud clues.
ACROSS (* = ANAG / (cd) = Cryptic definition / (R) = Reversal)
1/28 IT’S AS BROAD AS IT’S LONG Nice anagram!
8 EYES E + YES
10 FLEX Homophone of “flecks”
12 DOMINIC DOC (Dwarf) with MINI inside
15 WHAT’S YOUR POISON NOTORIOUS SPA WHY*
17 CHARLES AND DIANA Loved the definition! AND HE’S CARDINALS*
20 VALIANT NAIL (R) inside VAT
21 ESSAYED ASS (R) inside EYED – Not sure I feel comfortable about using retarded to indicate backwards in a clue.
23/18 RING-LEAD Not listed in Chambers as a verb but is in OED as a “rarity” (Thanks DQ!) INGLE inside RAD
1/27 ICH DIEN (CD) Charles’ motto; “I serve” in German, hence the Boris Becker remark, although ( a pedant observes) surely he’d say “I’ll serve”
2 SALEM Bit too clunky as a clue for my liking. Hidden answer.
3 STAINES EAT-IN* replacing ANDWICHE in SANDWICHES
4 ROO ROO(M)
5 AGENT ORANGE One from history – A + NOTE* inside GRANGE
7 YELLOW SEA SO WELL* inside YEA
8/9/24 SIX OF ONE AND HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER
11 LEGO Hidden answer
12 DOWN-COVERED OWN C inside DOVER + ED
13 CROSS STAFFS (CD)
16 AT A GLANCE A TAG + LANCE
19 DESPOTS S in STO(P)PED (R)
22 YAHOO YAH BOO (SUCKS!) less B
25/14 HIT THE ROOF I + TT + HERO inside HOF (Capitalised in Chambers – hence Yard capitalised here)
26 RAG D/D
Great fun and thanks to Nimrod!