Posted by tilsit on November 7th, 2007
Solving Time: 15 minutes
Woke up to doorbell ringing, stumbled downstairs and found delivery man with nice box of goodies from Amazon. New Bradford’s plus the new set of Guardian compilers’ books and some Christmas pressies for friends.
Impressed with new Bradfords, finish Azed with it. Look through Guardian books. Well done Prof Hugh, nice idea with good introductions from the setters. More please!
Take self to clinic for leg lagging and treat self to lunch. Finish Times and Enigmatist, over lunch, am sure there’s something I need to do.
Get home, snooze, suddenly wake up, remember what I had forgotten. To blog today’s Indy!
Spend 1 hour trying to find a copy of the Indy, eventually get one at Luddendenfoot Newsagent, having tried over half a dozen others.
Get home,knackered, do crossword, finish setting questions for tonight’s Todmorden Quiz League matches, put them into secure envelopes and now….
ACROSS (* = ANAGRAM (CD) = cryptic def (R) = Reversal)
1 SLOPED OP inside DEL’S (R) DEL = Del-Boy Trotter from Only Fools & Horses
5 HEADCASE HEAD (Take charge of) + CASE (Criminal Investigation)
9 GOING OVERBOARD D Def
10 STEP DOWN NOW DEPT’S*
11 REBUFF R.E. BUFF (Expert on Religious Education)
12 FOR CERTAIN FORCE + R + TA + IN
16 STAB ST + AB On is used as in “on the end of”
18 CRIMEAN WAR This held me up as I thought it had to be “Israeli War” Then realised it was CRIME + ANWAR (Sadat)
20 APERCU Hidden answer
22 LIGAMENT Good clue GAME = injured inside LINT
24 REPORTED SPEECH PROPHET’S DECREE*
25 UNITEDLY TUNE IDLY*
2 LIGHTS OUT WINDOWS = Lights
3 PRIAPIC Oo-er Mrs! PRIA(M) + PIC
4 DOGGO G inside GOOD*
5 HAVING A FIELD DAY (CD)
6 AIR FRANCE R inside AFRICAN* + E
7 CLOBBER L inside COBBER
8 SERIF SERF with I inside
13 RECOUNTED Dbl def
15 STAUNCHER Dbl def STAUNCH as in to stop bleeding
19 NUMBERS (CD)
21 PREEN Down as in feathers. (CD)
23 GAPER An Only In Crossword Land Word - GASPER minus S. Does anyone use the word now?
Thanks to Dac for an enjoyable puzzle, which demonstrates good elegant clue writing.
Now to go and play question-master!