Posted by nmsindy on January 9th, 2008
Fastest Indy solve of the year so far for me, 13 mins. Unusually got many answers first from the definitions. Some excellent clues as always from Dac.
* = anagram
1 KIRS CH (irks)* church leaders = 1st 2 letters. It’s a brandy.
4 Robert BROWNING Excellent surface.
10 NO M (I N) ATES ref Billy no mates.
12 A-STREAM (as a term)* Favourite clue – a great &lit “Pupils likely to achieve highly as a term develops”
14 C LEAR SIGHTED “Cited”
17 DEMONSTRATOR Though it looks like there’s some wordplay, it’s a double definition.
20 DELI BES(t) (idle)* George Best ref musical score i.e. a composer. ‘briefly’ means ‘omit last letter’
22 TAG LINE (e.g. Latin)*
23 LINDA Cunningly hidden – indicated by ‘clothes’
1 KEN DAL(e)
3 CANN(EL)LINI BEANS El = the Spanish in (nine cannibals)*
6 WAITING FOR GO (DO) T Samuel Beckett play do = party forgot = neglected circulate = go outside in container and contents
9 S (society) T (A MP) ACT Not sure if the surface is in line with the history of that tax in America.
15 STAR T OUT Another top drawer clue.
17 (D)ID(D)LER “Cheat and wastrel having hat encrusted with diamonds”. A little elaborate, this. I think it means the wastrel = idler has a hat of diamonds (D, from cards) – this is a down clue and also a second D included i.e. encrusted. Definition = cheat
(Testy’s note in comment 1 below explains this correctly, I’d say)
18 PI G OUT Pi = very good (from pious) Taste at Maxim’s = taste in French = gout.
21 SUPPE pp for it in suite 19th century composer.