Posted by nmsindy on January 23rd, 2008
This had everything you could ask from a daily cryptic from this top setter. Excellent misdirection, great variety, and all with everyday words. Flawless construction. Solving time, 25 mins.
* = anagram
1 BROW BEAT
5 FOR FAR
11 MANI(c) KIN
12 TUITION (U = university into it)* A nice &lit, though in the surface reading, I’d hope it’s more than just ‘possibly’!
14 PERMA-TAN Clue of the puzzle for me “Redecorated most of apartment, using non-fade brown colour” (apartmen)*
22 CHEQUER “Checker”
25 DO (YE) NNE’S
1 BIG (A = adult) MIST Epic film ain’t “Gone with the Wind” or anything like that – it’s ‘big mist’! Victorian novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Lady Audley’s Secret. I got it from the worldplay once I’d crossing letters.
2 ORLANDO Bloom (actor). Home of Disneyland in 7 down.
3 BREAKS NEW GROUND Wembley having been recently rebuilt.
4 A RD EN (in in French)
7 FLO RID A Refers to Andy Capp comic strip – but it had to be a US State so not too hard.
15 N EUROS IS
19 SOUP CO(r)N
22 CREDO A cunningly concealed hidden, which was the last I solved.