Posted by linxit on February 26th, 2008
Solving time 16:22
Another feast of libertarianism from Paul, but I thought the long answer starting at 17 was just brilliant. Some rather whimsical answers too today – 21D had me scratching my head for a while.
11 H(EALTHF)OOD – (flat he)* inside HOOD. For a while I wanted the gangster to be AL, but didn’t waste too much time on it.
12 CHOCCY – HO inside CCCY (“three seas – why”). Groan!
17,15,10,9 NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT – “Open”(O + PEN) = NOTHING TO WRITE, “in” = HOME, “a fight”= ABOUT.
23 CO-STAR,I CAN – San José is the capital of Costa Rica. I’d only heard of the Californian one, but it seemed reasonable when I got it from the wordplay.
24 YELL – One of the Shetland Islands, not far from Unst.
1 C(HOOCH)OO – definition is “Only for baby, express”.
3 S(ASH)AY – I think “parade” is a bit loose for the definition though. A corruption of the French chassé, which is a gliding dance step.
4 A,D(V)ANCE – nice football surface reading, might have been better if Juventus were a team from Rome though (or it could have said “Juventus’s number 3″ to indicate the 3rd letter).
5 CASTRATO – cryptic def.
13 CARICATURE – (accurate,R,I)* – good &lit clue.
16 TART,RATE – not keen on “seeks” as a linking word.
21 P,HOOEY – needed all the checking letters to crack this one.
24,19,2 YOUR PLACE OR MINE – another clever &lit, which is formed from an anagram of (I pul ye, O, romance, r) – only one L because of the pound having been spent.