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Guardian 24,279 – Gordius : Dead Bodies

Posted by neildubya on January 8th, 2008

neildubya.

This was a fairly straightforward puzzle, which I initially made more difficult by insisting that 16d was TATTLER and 23d was ACRE. They aren’t.

Music is “Dead Bodies” by Air – the best “air drums” music ever

ACROSS

1 ARTEMIS – (IMASTER)* Artemis is the Roman name for the greek goddess Diana

5 CA(DAVE)R 

9 SAC-CHAR-IN

10 NARKS – SNARK with first letter last (Lewis Carroll very much in vogue at the moment)

11 NAAN – didn’t get the wordplay

12 Straightforward anagram, omitted at my discretion 

14 CANNAE – A battle and a Glaswegian’s inability to cope

15 EX WORKS

16 NIT-RATE

18 CO(R)PSE

20 B(OARD)ROOMS – i.e “brooms” with (road)* inside

21 S-CAT

24 LUPIN(e)

25 VENER-ABLE – as in “the Venerable Bede” (never)* with “able”

26 S-PRAYER 

27 YAN-GTSE – (ANY GETS)* - 

 DOWN

1 (p)ARSON – Trad. crossword clue

2 TOC(CAT)A

3 MOHR – sounds like “more”

4 SERVICE REVOLVER – reference to the “Lazy Susan” style of dumb waiter, rather than the little lift

5 CON-SCIENCE MONEY – “CON” is “for”,  “SCIENCE MONEY” is what the government give for research

6 DON-KEY WORK

7 V(ERNIE)R – a scale for precise measurement. I think the device is ERNIE (Premium Bonds computer) and the wise old queen was Victoria (VR).  Was she really so wise ?

8 RI-SINGS

13 ONE AND ONLY – (ANY E LONDON)*

16 NIBBLES – why “publisher” ? A writer is a nib and nibbles are titbits

17 T-RAPPER

19 SACK-BUT

22 THE-ME

23 O-RAN – as in “none ran”

6 Responses to “Guardian 24,279 – Gordius : Dead Bodies”

  1. conradcork says:

    On-line version says it is Chifonie.

  2. Diagacht says:

    11ac Naaman was commander in chief of the armies of Benhadad of Damascus. He was also a leper.

  3. Ciaran McNulty says:

    The queen is VR but she’s not wise, ERNIE is (as in Morecambe and …), and ‘device’ is part of the definition.

    Geoffrey Bles is the publisher.

  4. owenjonesuk says:

    In 5 down why is “CON” “for”? I got the answer but not quite the wordplay.

    The internet tells me there is a publisher called Geoffrey Bles.

  5. Trev says:

    CON SCIENCE = for research … that’s the way I saw it!

  6. Trev says:

    … and obviously wrongly … getting my pros and cons mixed up.

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