Posted by nmsindy on December 12th, 2007
A pleasing puzzle by Dac. Solving time: 18 mins
* = (anagram)* < = reversed
1 DEF (l = L) ECT Excellent misleading surface
11 RO (A) ST (i) Rosti is a Swiss potato dish – the type you eat, rather than one you put things in
12 COLLECTED Another very good surface – double definition
17 CHANNEL FOUR (RAF luncheon)* Auntie = BBC Not its only rival, of course.
20 EXEC (utive) RATES
22 NOYES Hidden reversal indicated by ‘retired’ A poet, once a basis of a Listener crossword, if I recall, playing around with no and yes.
23 MASS AGED
25 Y O (SEMIT) E Times<
26 ME(R) LOT (motel)* R = waiter’s last
2 FIL (MAB) LE(t)
3 CAT A TONIC
6 I (one) M (mark = German currency before the euro) (p) AGE
8 PARADE Defined by the final word in the clue ‘display’, I think. I did not research further to see if it also fits the wording of the rest of the clue but it sounds a likely title for such
12 COM (PARTy) MENT
19 V (ERSE) S For once Irish is not ‘Ir’ but an older name for the Irish language
21 REAR M A very pleasing &lit to complete a very enjoyable puzzle.