Posted by neildubya on December 13th, 2007
Apologies for lateness – wrote a whole entry this morning and lost it. Baaad IT bloke – didn’t save my work as I went along.
In the end – really quite a straight puzzle for Paul.
10 TH(REEF)EET – “The film” is “The E.T”
12 Left out because we don’t publish all answers here. Hint : It’s an anagram
13 WEED – Trad. Crossword Fodder
14 WELLING-TON (BOOT) S – Welling as in tears welling up – a boot upfield is a punt – Ocean is Tons ? (help !)
16 Another one I’ll leave OUT in this POST
19 PEPPER-CORN : Yes, corns are painful and Pepper is a type of spray
24 COUNTER – didn’t work out the wordplay here
2 SI-MP-L-EST : “siest(a)” wrapped around MP and L
3 Could easily say I was leaving it as an exercise for the reader, but I didn’t get it.
4 MISSPELT – anagram of 2 down
5 UNCOOL (man !)
6 Straightforward anagram left out of solution
7 O-RIEN-T-EXPRESS : Rien is French for nothing – the rest is not a Mystery, even though the book is.
8 Didn’t get it despite having all the letters – must be going wordblind
17 PAR-O-DIED – “All lived = Zero died” is a common crossword idiom
18 ALEWIVES = tricky anagram I thought
21 CAR(BONDI-OX-ID)E : Bondi as in beach. Inspiration as in Breathing. Ahhhh!