Posted by linxit on December 11th, 2007
Solving time 10:07
Sorry for the lateness of the post, but I’ve been away from the computer all day and only just got round to solving it.
Typical Rufus with lots of cryptic definitions, and there were some good ones today. I especially liked 20A and 17A.
9 TESTATOR – CD, and an old chestnut.
14 REL(OC)ATE – OC = CO rev.
17 CURTAINS – CD. I liked this one, but wonder about the optional (not necessarily) quartering!
20 COOKERY BOOKS – Really good CD. I thought it would probably be …BOOKS, but didn’t think about it further until I had some crossing letters.
23 GYRATE – tragedy* – d
24 LITERARY (it rarely)* – Good surface reading. I didn’t spot it as an anagram right away.
5 THREE BRASS BALLS – the symbol of a pawnshop, and to pop is to pawn something. Not in any dictionaries that I could see, but should be familiar to most.
8 I’LL BUY THAT – Another one that I suspected of not being in the dictionary, but surprisingly it is, under buy in Chambers.
12 PSEUDONYMS (send my opus)*
16 DISRAELI (L,diaries)* – Benjamin Disraeli was a novelist as well as a politician, although the only one I’ve come across is Coningsby, as there was a thematic crossword based on it earlier in the year. Can’t remember which, maybe the Spectator?