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Guardian 24,245 – Gordius : “This island race, this happy breed”

Posted by neildubya on November 27th, 2007


Apologies if you checked in earlier – a work crisis of Biblical proportions had wiped out my leisure time and my solution was sparse.



16 A-TT-OR-NEY GENERAL – As per 1 down TT is a motorbike race, and then I get a bit lost – a GENERAL is a top soldier and Marshall NEY was a top soldier too. Close enough ?

19 EPONYMOUS = gorgeous clue including as it does a PONY and a MOUSE with the last letter shifted to the front. Meaning is “something named after a person”

21 CAN-ON 


23 COL-OGNE = COLonel (GONE)*

24 MEANS = i.e MEAN(der) without the “der”

25 ATTAIN-DER (see above – the “der” that was surplus there is needed here) Had to look it up ”

the termination of the civil rights of a person upon a sentence of death or outlawry for treason or a felony



4 RUED = sounds like “rude”

14 PHE(NO-MEN)AL = (AHELP)* with NO MEN inside

15 ELLE(NT ER)RY ? Ellery Queen was a crime noverlist NT = New Testament ER is the Queen. Tried to squeeze Helen Mirren in there for the longest time.




21 COLLIE(ry)

22 IAMB – it’s a grammatical “foot” contained in willIAM Brown

23 <<left as an exercise>>

12 Responses to “Guardian 24,245 – Gordius : “This island race, this happy breed””

  1. Geoff says:

    16A: A TT (race) OR (‘other ranks’, ie soldiers) NEY (Marshal) GENERAL
    NEY popped up in a charade clue by Taupi recently

    19A: EPONYMOUS doesn’t mean ‘something named after a person’ but rather ‘pertaining to the person something was named after’ (thus Hamlet is the eponymous hero of the play). In the clue, George Washington is the eponymous one – he was the eponym of the US capital city. Clever clue!

    15D: This is indeed ELLEN TERRY – NT (‘books’) + ER (Queen!) inside ELLERY (Ellery Queen was the detective hero of a famous set of American novels, as well as the pseudonym of the two cousins who wrote them!) Ellen Terry was a leading Shakespearian actress of the late 19th and early 20th centuries -a great friend of George Bernard Shaw and the great aunt of John Gielgud.

  2. Stan says:

    Cheers, Geoff – I was getting there … missed the Other Ranks reference : thanks

  3. ilancaron says:

    23D is CATO (turn coat!)

  4. muck says:

    I’m stuck with –

    9AC: Put on the green! (5,4)

    14AC: State of student turning up sack (9)

    2DN: Itis off, all right (????, LEFT)

    7DN: A name is called a name (6)

  5. Fletch says:

    Short putt
    None left

  6. ilancaron says:

    SHORT PUTT, P(UP)ILLAGE, NONE LEFT (ha ha), MONICA=”moniker”

  7. Testy says:

    Doesn’t eponymous work both ways? An eponymous hero of a book is the one that the book is named after but an eponymous album is one that is named after the band. An eponym can be either the derived or the original name.

  8. muck says:

    Thanks Fletch & Ilancaron

  9. Geoff says:

    Testy: I’ve checked ‘eponymous’ in Chambers and the Shorter Oxford, and you’re absolutely right – the word can be used both ways. I’m surprised, because the literary pedants of my acquaintance have always been very sniffy about the reverse usage to the one I confidently gave (and which probably was the original one). It does mean the the word is pretentiously nonsensical because it doesn’t inform which was named after which – the fact that the names are related is obvious anyway!

  10. Barbara says:

    re: 2. none left
    I get the ‘all right’ part, but not the first part, ‘it’s off’
    Please explain.

  11. R&R says:

    We think “It’s off” = what the waitress says when there is none left!

  12. Ian says:

    13A has not been mentioned – believe it’s DWELT from reversing (retiring) Model=T and LEWD.

    I flat-out don’t understand “SHORT PUTT”. Surely one’s already on the green to do a short putt, so it’s got nothing to do with getting to the green? Was assuming it started “SPORT” = to put on, but then went nowhere. Ho hum.

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