Posted by neildubya on February 12th, 2008
I don’t have a lot of time this morning, so it was convenient that I got most of this quite quickly.
Lots of long solutions, with lots of falling, dropping and coming to earth.
To reduce The Guardian’s carbon footprint and save ink, setters should endeavour to reduce the number of black squares in their puzzles. Discuss.
9 Omitted on purpose
11 VEHICLES – double meaning of “something you dissolve an active ingredient in” and “travel machines”
12 Omitted on purpose and it wasn’t really much of a challenge was it ?
13 HIT THE ROOF – Not M. Thatcher, just any thatcher
15 HYGIENE – (H EYEING)*
18 ou(TRAGED I ANS)were – i.e the opposite of “comedians”
19 BOOK – as in the biblical book of Job
20 AP(PRO-V)AL – note : PRO-V is supporting + V(ery) – not anything to do with shampoo
22 Didn’t get it in time – anyone ?
23 METEOR – (REMOTE)*
24 NET WORTH – (THE TOWN)* + R
1 THE PENNY DROPPED – Clever. Nothing to do with the period known as Epiphany – this refers to epiphanies in general.
2 DESCENDING ORDER – groan !
3 GIVE THE NOD – (HEED VOTING)*
4 Omitted on purpose – simple double definition
5 POOH – The famous bear. And to pooh-pooh is to ridicule
6 REACH ROCK BOTTOM – a rock is a diamond, “Nick in play” is “Bottom”. Less sure about why “reach” is “pass”
7 COME DOWN TO EARTH – reference to a fox “going to earth”
14 HAIR SHIRTS – (IRISH TRASH)* worn during Lent or other period of sorrow
17 FAL-LING – the river Fal runs through Fal-mouth and a Ling is every setter’s best fish
21 Didn’t get it in time – do help me out