Posted by tilsit on February 15th, 2008
Solving time: 12 minutes
After yesterday’s tough Nimrod, and a generally tricky week all round in most papers, this made a nice change with a straightforward Phi challenge. 4ac was a bit of a tease with either of two answers able to go in, and I went for the wrong one first!
Incidentally, there is a gathering of Guardian Crossword solvers meeeting for a cruciverbal natter on Sunday next from 1pm at The King’s Arms, Roupell Street, Waterloo. If you are in the area, go and join them.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (R) = REVERSAL (CD) = CRYPTIC DEF.
1 PUNCH Double def – a drink and the late lamented magazine, beloved of dental waiting rooms and school libraries (well, Prescot Grammar School’s for one!)
4 STRAGGLER Strangler with G for N. I had this the other way round and this held me up for a little while.
9 PUNJABI PUN + JAB + I
10 NOSEBAG First letters of Oats, Stuff, Every, Breakfast inside NAG
11 ROOM TEMPERATURE ROO (Bounder) + TEMPER inside MATURE .
12 HIP FLASK HIP (trendy) + FLAS(h) + K (last of “drink”)
14 MENIAL IN (R) inside MEAL
17 NISSEN Hidden answer – Nissen huts are prefab type shelters from WW2, I think.
18 CARYATID IT AY (It always) (R) inside CARD
20 QUEEN OF PUDDINGS OF (Old Fellow) + PUDDING (Fat fellow) inside QUEENS
22 INTRADA DA after TRAIN*
23 OCARINA Where would the crossword compiler be without the Ocarina? OCA (Middle of “vocal”) + R (range) + IN A
24 EASY TERMS (CD)
25 FIEND E inside FIND
1 PAPER THIN PERTH inside PAIN
2 NON COMPOS MENTIS COMMENT, SPIN and SOON*
3 HEART R inside HEAT
4 SKIRMISH R inside SKIM + I + SH
6 GOSSAMERY A thoroughly weird-looking word! S + SAME inside GORY
7 LABOUR INTENSIVE URBAN TELEVISION*
8 ROGUE My favourite clue of the puzzle
15 LADY’S MAID DAY DISMAL*
19 OFF AIR O + (A)FFAIR
20 QUITE Change the last two letters of QUIET
21 DWARF WAR inside D (Germany / Deutschland) & F (France)
Thanks to Phi for an enjoyable puzzle.