Posted by rightback on February 24th, 2008
Solving time: 10 mins, one missing (13dn), one wrong (18ac)
I love rhyming slang but was caught out today by one I didn’t know. 18ac is possibly my favourite clue so far this year.
Music: Lots of options today but I’ll go for 10dn, Air on a G String by J S Bach.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||TIME + BOMB|
|9||GREAT SKUA; GR + EATS + rev. of AUK – the reversal SKUA/AUKS is well-known to crossword setters.|
|12||BARNARD’S STAR; (RN + ARDS) in BASTAR[d] – I didn’t know Ards but did know Barnard’s Star, thanks to Blur’s cosmic offering Far Out, from the album Parklife. ‘Illegitimate short red dwarf’ is a marvellous image in the surface reading.|
|18||KHMER ROUGE – brilliant clue (‘Pot reds’), referring to the communist party led by Pol Pot. I knew my first effort ‘Kamir Rouge’ was misspelt but carelessly forgot to go back to check it.|
|19||CHAT (double definition)|
|21||ANTICIPATION; A, + rev. of (A PIC(I)T) in NATION|
|25||ELIZABETH; E + rev. of B[r]AZIL + (THE)* – pretty good &lit, with the question mark excusing the slight looseness in definition.|
|26||EX + H(O)RT|
|3||BET + RAY|
|4||M(A KING + WHO)OPE + E|
|6||T + RAN + SEPT|
|7||NIGH + T(L)IGHT|
|8||CONGREGATE; (GET ON + GRACE)*|
|10||[h]AIR ON A G-STRING|
|13||PECKHAM RYE – rhyming slang for ‘tie’. I guessed the reference to ‘Bow’ in East London but didn’t know this phrase.|
|14||BA(R(M)ITZ + V + A)H|
|17||B + RUCK + NER[o] – refers to Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.|
|20||SO + MALI|