Posted by smiffy on November 15th, 2007
This one flowed pretty steadily from the NW corner, where the first few clues allow a pretty generous introduction. The FT puzzle seems to have suffered an upsurge in bizarro surface readings of late, and today extends that trend. I’m sure that it’s just a coincidental clustering, and after a couple in close succession I tend to become more attuned to subsequent infractions. Still, here’s hoping they don’t become any more endemic.
6 P(ED,L)AR – Not completely convinced that “Mean”=Par, but happy to let it ride.
12 TAIL,ORMADE (roamed)*
19 LIKE,WISE – an initial deviation towards a weird surface. But we’re only at the eyebrow-raising stage yet.
21 COPYWRITER – double def (presumably).
24 VIN,DAL,OO (lad)rev – Here we go. “French wine brought boy over with two ducks for the meal”. A dining experience to rival the Mad Hatter’s tea-party, from the sounds of it. Besides, isn’t vindaloo simply a style of cooking, rather than a meal in itself?
27 SMITH,Y – Relieved to report that I didn’t have any problems on this one. Otherwise it could have been embarrassing!
28 S(EG,MEN)TS – “Street”=Sts
2 A(WAR)D – “Peace in our time” is a good spot by Adamant.
4 CAP,IT,ATE (tea)* – Again, I don’t really fathom the surface here…
6 P(OG)ROM – …or here either.
8 ANECDOTES (Ace doesn’t)*
13 MADE WELCOME (mad emcee low)* – Curiouser and curiouser…
17 S(KIR)TING – …but here’s our gold medallist for strangest surface of the day! “Bypassing police trap, full of blackcurrant drink”.
20 O,RALLY – simple but effective.
23 DE(-s)IST – one of those words I only seem to encounter in crosswords.