Posted by nmsindy on January 31st, 2008
I found this a very tough puzzle, esp the lower half but also the long 20-letter phrase in the top half which was new to me. But I got there in the end and there were some excellent clues. Solving time, 61 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 DOG LATIN (an old git)* There’s nothing more to indicate the anagram than ‘from’ as far as I can see, which is unusual.
5 A DON IS (lives) From Greek mythology
12 GA (SO H) OL can = gaol
18/10 THREE SHEETS TO THE WIND New to me, it means very drunk. (he who detests thirteen)* I noticed from the start that ‘thirteen’ was spelt out rather than shown as 13 which is usual practice when referring to another clue. So I was not sure if it referred to 13 ac (BEVERAGE) or the number. In the end it referred to the answer of course and the ‘thirteen’ was used as it was part of the anagram. I was very slow getting it because (1) I’d one mistake in a crossing word at first (2) did not spot the anagram and (3) had never heard the phrase, which I verified after.
23 A RIA DNE a (end air)< More Greek mythology.
25 C (ONCE R) T R = king ct = court once = when
26 MAJORITY VERDICT A tip-top cryptic definition that I tumbled to only when I’d quite a few crossing letters.
27 NA (N) TES nates is a technical work for the buttocks (can’t say I’ve ever heard used, but it’s in Collins).
28 CROSS MAN “Diaries of Mister X!” This was the last I got, and I did wonder if the younger generation might struggle with the reference. It’s to Richard (Dick) Crossman, Minister in the Labour Government of 1964-70 who later wrote extensive diaries about the experience. I know Eimi’s said the Indy’s not always strictly Ximenean – it’s a stretch to define Crossman as ‘diaries’, I’d say.
1 DES RES Desires less I
2 GREAT BEAR bear = stock market when share prices are falling.
4 INTER Inter Milan (football club) play at San Siro. Inter = Bury and Bury is a Football League team that readers may be surprised to know never appeared below the top two divisions from their election to the League in 1894 till 1957.
14 A (are – metric measure) N C( l)IENTS l = money (£)
16 CARPE DIEM (from Latin – enjoy the present – literally seize the day) (made price)*
17 Ralph S (TE) AD MAN TE Lawrence, writer.
19 ENDOR S(af)E Definition = second. The rest from Star Wars.
21 CONTRAS Amusing reference to Oliver North so nothing to do with the point of the compass.
22 STAT IN Stat = photostat
24 INJUN “Honest Injun” contrasted with those using ‘forked tongue’ i.e. lying.
25 C (see) OVER A fielder (cricket)