Posted by linxit on January 3rd, 2008
Solving time 8:12
I haven’t done a Rover puzzle for a long time, so I looked on the Setters page here to see what I’d be in for, and he’s described as “Hard”. That may need to be re-evaluated – this was not a hard puzzle, but it was mostly pretty good.
1 FILLING STATION – ha ha, corny but nice CD.
8 UN,DUE – I’m a bit dubious about the definition here. Surely it means uncalled-for or inappropriate rather than extreme.
11 THE,ATRE=rate* – good surface reading.
12 SCHERZI – plural of scherzo – the Italian word literally means “jokes”.
23 WITHOUT – if you’re short you have to do without.
25 SONATINA (A nation’s)*
27 GERMAN SHEPHERD – Pastor Niemöller was a German priest and anti-Nazi theologian.
1 FRUIT MACHINE – this CD was a bit too obvious.
2 LODGE – last one I got, along with 8A.
4 GOLF,ERS – flog rev, + ER’s. I don’t think ER can be pluralised like that though. I can’t recall seeing it done before.
5 TABASCO – A,B inside TACOS*
6 TENTH – “often” in two parts = “of ten”
7 OBSERVANT – the Guardian’s sister paper is of course The Observer.
10 DISHEARTENED – as this clue is! I only got it when I had all the checking letters.
16 COURT,SHIP – I like the definition “steady progress”.
18 GRECIAN – ref. Keats’ Ode on a Grecian Urn.
19 TOWPATH – another good CD
22 A(LAR)M – a lar is a Roman household god.
24 OURIE – hidden in flOURIEst. Comes up quite regularly in advanced cryptics, but I was surprised to see it in a daily puzzle. It means poor in the sense of dingy, shabby rather than skint.