Posted by linxit on January 22nd, 2008
Quite a lot of general knowledge required to complete this one, although the trickier answers all had friendly wordplay so it can’t be accused of unfairness.
1 NICODEMUS (I,consumed)* – Nicodemus was a pharisee.
6 GRI(N)D – in the clue, “in here” refers to the crossword grid.
9 POWDERHAM CASTLE (world team’s cheap)* – never heard of it, but I got CASTLE from the letters and worked the rest out. It’s the Earl of Devon’s home.
21 C(O)UP – an empty vessel is a cup with nothing inside.
25 FULL SPEED ASTERN – nice one-word cryptic definition, but I was held up a little bit by putting FULL STEAM ASTERN. Duh!
1 NIPPY – double definition. A Nippy was a waitress in a Lyons teashop – before my time, but luckily I came across it in the dictionary last week when looking something else up.
2 COWBANE – or “bow,cane” as Spooner would say. A bit contrived I think.
4 MAHE – E. Ham reversed. Mahé is the largest island of the Seychelles.
5 SIMON PETER (permits one)* – our second Biblical character of the day.
6 GRAVY TRAIN – cryptic definition.
12 COMPRESSOR (R,composer’s)* – deceptive definition, one of the last I got.
14 PLENTIFUL (fluent lip)* – excellent &lit.
17 TH(ALL)US – I suppose this is &lit. as well. The full definition in Chambers is “a plant body not differentiated into leaf, stem and root.”
19 I(SOME)RE – saved by the friendly wordplay. It’s a zoological term meaning “an organ or segment corresponding to or homologous with another”.
24 IS,LA(bour) – not Tony or Lionel for a change. She’s an actress.