Posted by rightback on January 5th, 2008
Solving time: 4:42
Araucaria has had a monopoly on the prize crosswords in recent weeks, so this was a nice change and probably my quickest time for a Paul puzzle. The theme was fairly straightforward, comprising 5 clues consisting of single words backwards (“kcul?”, “ylper?”, “ytud?”, “eert?” and “tew?”), leading to solutions with ‘wordplay in the answer’. I was helped enormously by spotting the answer to the longest of these (“kcul?”) immediately, and by knowing the phrase ‘neap tide’ which I solved next.
Music of the day: Playing music backwards was pioneered by The Beatles in the 1960s, but we had a Beatles song last week so today’s pick is Don’t Stop by The Stone Roses, which is essentially Waterfall played backwards with a few tweaks and new lyrics written to fit.
* = anagram.
|8||PA’S + ADEN + A – home of the Rose Bowl which hosted the final of the 1994 World Cup, a terrible game about which (apart from Baggio’s penalty miss) I honestly can’t remember a thing.|
|11/15||REVERSAL OF FORTUNE (thematic: “kcul?”)|
|12/24||ANSWER BACK (thematic: “ylper?”)|
|20||MO[n]TH + BALL|
|22||RESORT (double definition) – ‘ultimate strategy’ as in ‘last resort’.|
|23||TAX RETURNS (thematic: “ytud?”)|
|25||UNFED; F in (NUDE)*|
|26||TIN + NIT + US – ‘in The Listener’ looks at first to be part of the wordplay but in fact forms part of a misleading definition.|
|1||W + AL(KIN)TO|
|4||HAR[d] + VEST|
|5||ABE(R + RAN)T|
|6||REGARDLESS; (LARGE DRESS)*|
|7||HERO(I)N – another well-crafted clue with a cunning definition (‘Horse’).|
|13||WIT(C)H + CRAFT – ‘withholding’ needs to be split into two parts for the wordplay.|
|16||NEAP TIDE; (PAINTED)* + E – luckily I spotted this from the initial N and the definition, because even then wordplay took a few seconds to see, as the anagram indication (‘Wave painted…’) reads so well.|
|18||SPRUCE UP (thematic: “eert?”)|
|19||C(LAR)ITY – ‘housed’ here goes with ‘God’, not ‘in’; a Lar was a Roman household god.|
|22/2||RISING DAMP (thematic: “tew?”) – ‘backwater’ was my first thought here. Actually I’m not convinced this clue works – the wordplay is in the answer so ‘rising’ has to describe the clue, which is (of course) written horizontally; the fact that it’s a down clue I don’t think matters.|
|24||B + RIM|