Posted by neildubya on November 21st, 2007
A very pleasant and reasonably humane puzzle from Paul. The best strategy with his puzzles I find is to pick off the rare easy ones, hope they give you letters for the multi-word solutions he loves and then hope in turn that you then have enough letters to work out the absolute beasts. Lots of hoping involved (with me anyway).
Didn’t get 21a or 4d over breakfast – hope someone clever rescues me, otherwise I’ll try again at lunch.
1 SACK BUT – a distant relative of the trombone
5 BUG LOSS – some kind of plant, I hope (I don’t do “green things” very well, sorry: try wikipedia for details)
9 (R)EGRET – It’s a type of bird – the reference being to Sinatra’s “My Way”. Clues like this are the reason I’m still hooked on crosswords.
11 TENDERLOIN – (red line not)* Love the use of the word “squiggly” as an anagrind and the double meaning of “cut” which misdirected me for way too long.
14 NOT HAVE A LEG TO STAND ON – double definition (“lie” as in “not stand”)
18 CAUGHT SHORT – (audible moan) Taken= caught, Wee= Short
21 <<didn’t get it – is it “NOPE”?>>
25 HUNKY DORY – (moan big enough to stop conversation in my local cafe) Hunky = macho, Dory = sort of fish
26 EXIST – I don’t get it, I’m afraid, but I can’t see what else
27 SHORTLY – “Anon”= shortly, and “ano” is a shortened version of shortly. Unless I’ve missed something.
28 ROTATOR = Something which swivels, whichever way round you read it.
2 COR-ON-A – “Cor” as in “Cor Anglais” – a corona is something that is trumpet-shaped
3/1 BETWEEN THE SHEETS = reference to a cocktail of that name
4 <<didn’t get it>>
5 BASTINADO – (baton said)* = flogging of the feet to extract information or for personal enjoyment. Crossword solvers have no grounds to sneer – at least our source of pleasure-and-pain can be safely enjoyed on a train.
8 SANTIAGO – (against)* + o(ld)
16 A- CAN-THUS – I’m sure there a “green thing” with this name
17 BUM-PINTO – a pinto being a type of horse. Highlight of my morning was typing the word “BUM” in capitals and posting it on the Internet.
19 AD-RIFT – (this was where I was asked to leave the cafe – my groaning was starting to bother the other customers) Saatchi&Saatchi is an advertising agency started by the Saatchi brothers
20 ORATOR – (Roo)< with “rat” inside
23 D(RYE)R – “Rye” being an port somewhere in England
24 CYST – Clever clue, it’s the initial letters of the words (starting from the end)