Posted by michod on January 28th, 2008
As Bob Marley used to sing, though I don’t think that’s what he put in his cylinders. That one at 8down’s my favourite cryptic definition in a mixed bag. Overall, though I think the best clues are the very economic charades/containers like 2dn, 17ac and 24ac, rather than the CDs and anagrams.
1. RIB AND. The last one I got, and I wanted it to be RIBALD from the surface, but I think this is right – ‘blue, perhaps’ being the definition.
5. IN CREASE. Nice wordplay, though I’m less sure about the definition – my pay demand as forwarded by my union is usual several time greater than any eventual increase!
9. CONVERTS. Double def. ‘Make believe’ I like a lot, but the secodn def is really just the nounal form of the same.
11. NEVERTHELESS (L in THREE SEVENS*).
17. FI (IF<) RESIDE. Good clue, with ‘live’ giving something longer than the customary ‘be’.
18. NILE. Simple anagram, (LINE*), less obvious definition – the White Nile starts in Lake Victoria.
20. NUDIST COLONY (DISCOUNT ONLY*).
23. C(AN A)AN.
24. IN FAN TRY. Good simple construction.
25. TEA CADDY. Tea is a drink, and a caddy (in golf) is a porter of the clubs, but why would he resort to the tea caddy after a drink?
2. I(CO)N. A beautifully simple clue.
5. INSURANCE POLICY. I NURSE CAN*.
6. CUT SHORT – a power cut and a short are both causes of power failure.
7. E(XC)EL (LEE<).
8. SWISS ROLLS. CD – and a good one.
19. C OFFER.
21. IS A AC.