Posted by michod on January 25th, 2008
Easier than it looked at first glance. Some nice clues, with concise and convincing surfaces. One or two slightly loose definitions, but I guess you can put that down to 8down!
1. RE(COR)D. I thought it must be this, but wasn’t sure about the definition. I think the idea is that a record score means top score.
4. W(E)AP ON (PAW<). Good unified surface.
10. FR(ON TB)ENCH. ‘Guarding against’ as a container for ON is quite subtle.
13. TAKE STOCK. As in what a rustler does….
14. L(O)OT. …which could have linked in to this one, I suppose.
16. MIDDLEMEN. Good tricksy clue that may have foxed a few solvers. To get ‘ad’ to ‘aMENd’, you need (its) MIDDLE (to be) MEN.
22. COSTA RICAN. Good anagram – Latin as in someone from Latin America.
23. AC(N)E. I think this must be right, as the wordplay fits, but I’m not convinced by the definition. I can only assume ‘point 999 recurring?’ is meant to suggest a profusion of spots that keep coming back.
24. PE(YOT)E (TOY<). A south American hallucinogenic mushroom.
1. RE P(L)ICA.
2. COTTAGE INDUSTRY. (CITY STATE GROUND*). First of a couple of good long anags.
5. (s)EXTANT. Good clue – ‘aid for sailor’ gets topped.
6. PLENIPOTENTIARY. (INEPT IN REPLY TO A*). I did have a couple of letters by then, but this was one of those anagrams that leapt straight out.
8. POETIC LICENCE. Henley made me think of boats rather than poets, but I suppose that’s the point. http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/william_ernest_henley
15. PE(A)SO UP. This was listed as (7) in the paper, but surely should be (3,4)
17. DAPHNIA (AN APHID*). Nifty anagram, not very hard if you know the word – it’s a kind of water flea, apparently.
18. EQUIN(e)OX. Another one I liked – neat wordplay, and a great definition: ‘start to spring astronomically’.
19. GARRET (GAR-TER<). Another clever surface.