Posted by nmsindy on November 29th, 2007
An excellent puzzle, as usual, from this top setter. Solving time: 19 mins
* = anagram < = reverse
4 H AND M (Clothes shop) AID
11 A LEX (Luthor – Superman’s enemy) AND RA (artist)
14 (Yorkshire) BATTER IN G RAMS using metric units = in grams
18 FIT S AND S TARTS
22 ORNAMENTS (smarten on(e))*
25 BR ONZE Third in Olympics etc after Gold, Silver. BR = Brazil (IVR), confirmed in Collins. Onze is French for eleven ie football team
27 TH (RE) AT Last I solved and much easier than it looks.
2 DO ONE’S BIT Definition ‘chip in’ Lorna Doone = 19th century novel. Good surface suggesting computers
3 CON GA Con = direct course, a less common meaning of ‘con’. GA = Georgia (US state)
‘conga’ is a verb here, I think ‘to dance’
5 AFGHANISTAN (an Asian fight)* less I (head of Islamists). A nice &lit from the master.
6 DER RINGER Note it’s double barrelled not double-barrelled! That’s where definition and word play meet. ‘der’ = the German, like ‘le’ is the French.
7 A (one) PER (each) Y (year). Colony of apes (less common meaning of the word, but not too difficult from the checking and wordplay).
8 DUE (LL’I S) T A very elaborate & lit with punning on score as in a musical piece ‘duet’
I’ll< s = second
15 TRADE MARK ‘used to’ as mark replaced as German currency by the euro in 2002.
18 AS (like) SON (lad) AN (article) CE (Anglican) Same vowel or consonant repeated – the clue itself being an example.
17 IF FINES S (society) Remember provided = if
21 Greta GAR BO Hidden in those answers run together in the order given.