Posted by tilsit on December 11th, 2007
Solving time: 12 minutes.
Solving a Chifonie puzzle often seems to me like a labour of love. Nice when you finish, but you don’t get the feeling of accomplishment that you do with other setters. I’m not sure why. I regularly solve and enjoy Times puzzles which never have a theme to them, but this just seems a bit bland.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (CD) = CRYPTIC DEFINITION (R) = REVERSAL
1 TRAP DOOR ROOD PART (R)
5 COMBAT COMB + A + T
9 GANYMEDE MANY EDGE*
10 GALLOP GALL + OP
12 TIARA Hidden answer
13 ATHLETICS HIS CATTLE*
14 HOUSE PAINTER HOUSE (Take In) + PAINTER ( A rope used to tie up a boat – standard crossword definition No 48)
18 INTERMEDIATE INTER + TE (Lawrence of Arabia’s initials) with MEDIA inside
21 CARTHORSE At least we were spared an anagram of ORCHESTRA! THOR’S inside CARE
23 NICHE H inside NICE
24 AT EASE A + TEASE
25 EQUIPAGE E (Earl) + QUIP (Sally) + AGE (Get on)
26 DANGER D + ANGER
27 REVEREND EVER in REND
1 TIGHTS TIGHT (near) + S (opening of sewer)
2 ANNEAL ANNE + A + L
3 DEMEANOUR E+ MEAN inside DOUR
4 OLD MAN’S BEARD The alternative word for the plant Traveller’s Joy. DAMN BAD LOSER*
6 OSAGE – Brave, as in native American Indian (see Chambers) O (OLD) + SAGE
7 BALLISTA LIST inside BALA
8 TAPESTRY TAPES + TRY
11 CHAPLINESQUE A QUINCE HELPS*
15 INTENSIVE This clue doesn’t make sense. IN TENS = “Like the decimal system” – fine works OK. I’VE = “setter’s becoming” ? Rigorous = INTENSIVE. but why would a setter become rigorous like the decimal system?
17 PILCHARD LIP (R) + CHARD
19 SURGEON (Theatre worker – good misleading def) with T inside.
19 OCTANE Is Octane a gas? It’s a consistutent of petrol (gas in the US). AT ONCE *
20 LEGEND GEN inside LED
22 HASTE S inside HATE