Posted by tilsit on December 18th, 2007
Solving time: 28 minutes (with help from Chambers and TEA)
Over the past few months I have really come to appreciate Gordius puzzles, plenty of wit, some topical stuff and a dash of quirkiness. I bought the Guardian Setters’ Book of his puzzles and enjoyed some of them. But today’s just didn’t hit the spot. There were some clever clues but 19,25 seems nothing more to me than a weak cryptic definition at best. Liked 4 across and 6 down reminded me of Paul at his naughtiest!
Had to use Chambers for 12 and 24.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (R) = REVERSAL
1 DISOWN IS DOWN (*)
4 BURGHER Nice cryptic def.
9 GREAT-AUNT RAGE (*) + TAUNT
11 TAPIR Homophone of TAPER
12 PHELONION HELP (*) + ONION
13 LIMEADE LIE about MEAD
17 OSTLER Is this just a cryptic definition?
19,25 DOWN THE HATCH Looks like a straight definition.
22 WEEKNIGHT Falstaff was large of girth, does that make him a “wee knight”? I thought wee referred to height but I could and probably will be proven wrong.
24 TOHOS SHOOT (*) New word on me.
27 LANCASTER have seen this clue so many times before – think I used it about five years ago.
28 TORCHER Homophone of TORTURE
29 INCHES IN + CHES(S)
1 DIGITAL GIT inisde DIAL
3 WATERFALL Cryptic def.
4 BATTENS See Chambers def2 for BATTEN which also goes with DOWN THE HATCHES to make the weell-known phrase.(Pedantic note: The E in hatches is not indicated – or is this OK?)
6 HAVE IT OUT Say no more!
7 RODENT DEN inside ROT
8 RUMPLE John Mortimer’s famous creation minus O.
14 MESSENGER MESS + GREEN (*)
16 DOWN TRAIN Spooner’s pronunciation of TOWN DRAIN
18 REGULAR RURAL (*) with E.G. inside
20 ENSURES (C) ENSURES
21 TWO-BIT W inside TOBIT which I think is a book of the Apocrypha
23 NATCH TAN (R) + CH