Posted by nmsindy on November 8th, 2007
A tough puzzle, I found. Was slow to get the 15-letter entries, but got all in the end. As always, some excellent clues from Punk. Solving time: 41 mins.
* = anagram
1 F OWL P EST Infest = in fest owl = bird p= population primarily (first letter). Won’t reopen the “Can indeed be in deed?” debate.
11 GLAD STONE My favourite clue in the puzzle, jointly with 23 down. Wonderful surface reading. If you’re interested in him, I’d strongly recommend Roy Jenkins’ biography. Illuminates a vanished world.
12 HOARSE “Horse” Dicts confirm these sound the same, which frankly surprised this blogger.
13 CHIC (stylish) KPEA peak with k moved to front. I’ve learnt today that garbanzo is another name for it.
16 GOTTLIEB DAIMLER (Time a tollbridge)* Though the anagram jumped out from the start, this took me quite a while, esp the first name.
18 W (EAR TH) E T ROUSERS. Our home = earth weak individual = wet disturbing people = rousers. Definition = dominate but the whole surface reading gives an excellent &lit flavour too.
19 TOT (ALI) TY Mohamed Ali, boxer = ringmaster
24 OLD SCHOOL fish collectively = school
27 TEMPLE Double definition – not 100% sure of this cos of some doubt re 25 down (see below)
28 NEON A TAL (e) ‘short story’ was good
2 WAR (battles) M AS T (upright) OAST (oven) Excellent
3 PORT (left) – S (A) LUT
7 (l)EGO Excellent – roof lifted as it’s a down clue and wordplay follows the appearance in the grid.
8 T (HE’S) AURUS Sign of the Zodiac. When starting to tackle crosswords many years ago (long before Bradford’s , electronic solvers, not to mention the Internet), I was advised to try (Roget’s) Thesaurus. Have to admit it rarely helped at all.
9 P (ACHY D) ERM Less than 50% checking made this tough
14 P (OLLEN CO) UNT (colonel)* This was good with a misleading surface reading
15 RECEPTION Double definition
16 GO (WITHO) UT Definition = want. “how it may be” is telling us to put (how it)* into (‘cutting’) gout = disease. Not too sure about the anagram indicator ‘may be’.
17 IBUPROFEN (pub on fire)* Surreal surface reading of the day.
20 LOCAL cf lo-cal (low-calorie) Very good
23 BLUE “Tone down” My other joint favourite clue with a standard phrase leading to an excellent double definition.
25 DIM I think. This worried me, though I guessed it straightaway. It seemed a straight definition so was not sure why there was a ‘?’