Posted by loonapick on November 14th, 2007
This will be my last regular blog for Fifteensquared as I can’t find the time to write blogs, compile puzzles, find time for my family and my other hobbies, oh! and work, of course. Today is typical – I am leaving for a conference in a few minutes, so this has to be quick.
Good puzzle, with not as many Paulisms (love them or not) as usual. I enjoyed solving this one, but haven’t quite had enough time to work out the wordplay for a couple of the clues.
1 COWBOY – as in “cowboy plumber”, and in the Wild West, braves were Indians, not cowboys.
10 ELEMENTARY – MEN in (lear yet)*
12 TERMINUS – As I said, I am short of time today, so although I am sure that this is the answer (TERMINUS = “end of journey”), I haen’t quite worked out the wordplay here – TER = TER(n) – “bird won’t finish”, then I’m stumped.
17,13 DO YOU COME HERE OFTEN – (hooey cute Monroe fed)* – that cheesiest of chat-up lines
21 H(OM)EBREW – where OM = Order of Merit
24 BLACK MARIA – double definition
1,2,7 CHINESE WATER TORTURE – involved dropping water into the open eye, drip by drip
3 ON E’S-ELF – I struggled to come up with a clue for this in a puzzle I compiled last week, but Paul has done it.
5 (Edgar Allan) POE-TRY
8 CENTRE FORWARD – again, haven’t had time to work out the wordplay
14 EVANESCED – (seven ace)*-D
16 BOO-K-LET – liked “shocker” = BOO
19 MO-UNTIE – definition is a bit weak