Posted by tilsit on February 20th, 2008
Apologies for the lateness of posting, but some intravenous drugs managed to lay me low for a little while longer than expected today.
Solving time: 19 minutes.
Always a joy to solve Dac’s puzzles that contain amusing topical references or nice twists on old clues. 26 across made me smile a lot, 10 down a nice anagram. 9 across was another great clue.
ACROSS (*) = Anagram (CD) = Cryptic definition (R)= Reversed
1 RATE CAPS AS CARPET*
5 STICKY Double def.
9 PRICE REDUCTIONS RICE in PRE + DISCOUNT* Well worked clue.
11 SALESWOMAN She sells (def) ALES inside S W OMAN (S W State)
12 JUNE Nice take on the film and (CD)
14 ERASMUS SUMS + A R.E. (REV)
16 TAHITI TA (Territorial Army) + HIT (reached) + I (Island)
18 GRATIS GR + (D)AT(E) + IS. Date is clued as “no frills vacation”. Nice!
19 CHIMERA I’M inside CH + ERA - new def of CHIMERA to me.
21 ITCH How a Cockney might pronounce “hitch”.
22 AIR PASSAGE Double def.
25 MOONLIGHT SONATA Does extra hours = MOONLIGHTS + ON (working) + AT +A (Introduction to Atonal)
26 AUSTEN My favourite clue!
27 ADHESIVE HE’S inside A DIVE
1 RIPOSTED R (Final part of letter) + I POSTED
2 TRIAL First letters
3 CHEESE MITE SEE THE MICE* Nice clue with a clever image
4 PREPOSSESSING POSSE inside PRESSING
6 TATI TAHITI minus HI
7 CROQUETTE CROQUET + TE(A) [Drink shortly)
8 YES MEN ENEMY’S*
10 UNANTICIPATED UNITED CAPTAIN*
13 CHAIN STORE CHAIN (Measure) + STORE(Y) (“Most of” floor)
15 ATROCIOUS OU inside of ACTOR IS*
17 LACERATE One to make me smile LACE RATE (The cost of delicate fabric)
20 MIA MIA MIAMI + A
23 AMATI Hidden answer
24 FLEE FLEET minus T
And I have just opened a parcel containing a book I purchased on E-bay. The Pan Crossword Solver’s Dictionary by Mike Hutchinson. A bargain at 99p. What became of the author? !