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Guardian 24318/Rover – Flat Friday

Posted by neildubya on February 22nd, 2008


I ended up feeling slightly deflated by this puzzle. There were a couple of clues which I really liked, and several that I thought were a bit pedestrian. Maybe it was me that was flat and not the puzzle. Any clarification on 7 down would be welcome.

Across1 FLAT FOOTEDNESS – for overseas enthusiasts, Mr Plod was a policeman in the Noddy TV series of long ago. Policemen were also notoriously prone to having flat feet at a time when they were visible and on foot in English streets.

9 TOSTADAS – Spanish toasted snacks, and an anagram of TOAST and German DER (the).

11 OTTOMAN – a seat and a famous Empire which lasted from 1299 – 1922.


15 SANDPAPER – George Sand was the psudonym of Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin

17 ARGENTINA – anagram of Granite and NA the letters representing Sodium in Chemistry.

21 MATINEE – reference is to the expression ‘Matinee Idol’

23 TOLKIEN – anagram of ‘not like’

25 BELGRADE – anagram of ‘barge led’

26 IMAGE – ‘me after I (one) containing Ag, chemical sign for Silver

27 PRIVATE PATIENT – the only clue that made me laugh in a fairly dry crossword.


1 FACTORY FARMS – and that made me smile.

3 FREEMASON – anagram.


5 EASTERN – tern follows an anagram of sea

6 NAAFI concealed within ‘tuna a fine’ it stands for Navy Army and Airforce Institutes, and ran canteens on ships.

7 SEA GRAPES I can’t work out why this is the answer. It is the fruit of a tree that grows on the Florida coast, and it is also the name of a seaweed that the Japanese call Green Caviar, because of its fish egg taste. Any comments to tie it all together would be appreciated.

10 IMPRISONMENT – doing porridge is slang for being in jail, and what you do with porridge is stir it, so the answer is imprisonment – is that the logic, in which case I don’t find it an inspiring clue, or is it cleverer than that?

14 NIGHTWEAR. Ha ha.

15 PANELLIST – anagram

18 INEXACT – anagram with the clue using nice in its proper sense of pernickety.

19 ANTWERP. Hmmmm, surely it would be a twerp?

22 NEGEV anagram of even with g(ood)

24 If you take duumvirate up in arms to be duum v(ersus) irate then half is irate, which is up in arms, which is where we came in….

5 Responses to “Guardian 24318/Rover – Flat Friday”

  1. diagacht says:

    9a This is an anagram of TOAST + DAS (German definite article)

    7d I thought this was a double definition: cuttlefish eggs and fruit of the deep

    19d Yes, not sure where the N comes from.

  2. Amnesiac says:

    10d “Stir” is also prison, so it’s sort of a double pun definition. I think the “?” is to indicate the dodginess of this clue…
    19d Not brilliant, but I believe you’re supposed to read it as AN = synonym of A, TWERP = fool
    24d I think you’re thinking too hard; “duumvirate” is a 10 letter word, so half of it is “irate”…

    2d must be the most transparent cloaking clue I’ve ever seen :-)

  3. AlanR says:

    What’s 8 across? “crack the thing” – c?a?e

  4. Comfy Settee says:

    Interesting! For the first time in a wee while, I blotted my copybook and got one wrong…

    15ac I put SANDPIPER – SAND (as a verb) meaning “smooth”, PIPER being the novelist (Anne Piper I was thinking of, but there are probably others), and SANDPIPER being the book by Ahdaf Soueif. But SANDPAPER works better, even if one usually says “I’ll sand it” rather than “I’ll sandpaper it” (or is that just me?)

  5. Amnesiac says:

    8a = CRAZE (double definition)

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