Posted by nmsindy on February 21st, 2008
Some very good and varied material here – quick progress early on, but slow to finish.
Solving time: 28 mins
* = anagram
7/19 CAPE FEAR (A preface)*
8 (St)ALL (THE SAME) Definition = yet
11 BA RELY Amusing surface.
14 NICE Double definition. Acronym for National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
15 POMP E Y Nickname of Portsmouth FC.
20 BAR BAR IAN Anyone aggrieved North of the Border, approach the editor directly.
22 M (ILL) ED Devious, as ‘poorly’ suggested an anagram.
23 CAN ARIES (Sign of the Zodiac) Nickname of Norwich City FC.
26 A (metric measure ‘are’) RUM Plants
1 C (Ez.) ANNES 14 is NICE Ez. = abbrev for Ezra (Biblical priest)
2 WEAR River that flows through the city whose Premier League club visit 15 on Saturday. Sport = wear (clothes).
3 SAPPHIRE Sappho with ire for o Sapphire = 45 years as silver = 25 etc etc.
4 (p) ALA (D) DIN
9 SERENG ITI (greens)* and mEaT pIe excluding odd-numbered letters
13 E (S) MERALD A Character from Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. s = boss finally A = musical note (any from A to G)
17 L EARNING Like old Times = based on a quote from Alexander Pope “A little learning is a dangerous thing”
18 B RICKI (Lake) E E = Windermere’s eastern side (last letter) Ricki Lake, US TV host.
20 BED LAM Bunk = lam (do a runner)
24 ROAR “Raw” Could re-open an old homophone debate, perhaps.