Posted by tilsit on January 5th, 2008
Solving time: 19 minutes
A thoroughly enjoyable puzzle from Shed, an under-used and underrated setter on the Guardian, in my opinion. Always a nice mixture of excellent clues with one or two twists on old favourites (e,g, torchlit in 1 across, and the working for 17 across)..
Wish we had more from this wonderful setter.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (CD) = CRYPTIC DEF (R)=REVERSAL
1 COHORT O inside TORCH* with LIT as Anaram Indicatr. I suppose we’ll split in opinions on this use.
4 RESISTOR R + SORTIES*
9 ACRID C with ARID outside
10 PETULANCE PET (sweetheart) + U + LANCE
11 GONDOLIER IDOL* inside GONER
13 UNSEASONABLE If you can’t put salt on it, it’s ______
17 AMY WINEHOUSE Another clue you’ll love or hate. I think it’s clever. A drink chez moi (Franglais) could be Á MY WINE HOUSE.
18 ARIUS See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arius RI in AUS (“Down Under”)
23 DETRIMENT RIM inside DETENT(E)
25 CONTESSA CON + ASSET (R)
1 CLANGOUR Neat clue.
2 HARDNESS D inside HARNESS
3 RODEO OR (Military ranks – see Chambers) (R) + DEO
5 ENTERTAINMENT MAIN* inside ENTER TENT - “TURN” = def.
6 ILL HEALTH (P)ILL + HEALTH (what is drunk at a toast)
7 TINTIN Often quoted in reply to the question “Name a famous Belgian”
8 REEFER REFER about E
10 PRISON WARDERS P + RIDERS with SON + WAR inside.
14 ARMISTICE A + MIST inside RICE
15 MUST HAVE This looks like MUST (smell) with V inside HAE – but not sure about “rising”.
16 DESCRIBE S + CRIB inside DEE (Flow-er = river)
18 BARDIC CRAB with ID inside (R)
19 HILTON From Wikipedia: A descriptive phrase meaning the best or most extreme example of something. The Pillars of Hercules, for example, were literally the ne plus ultra of the ancient Mediterranean world. Thus with PARIS you get…..
22 MOSES (Kate) MOSS with E inside.