Posted by nmsindy on February 27th, 2008
A very, satisfying, toughish, puzzle with the puzzle number used thematically. Solving time, 29 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
4 KEBA BS (bake)* bs = US abbrev for ‘bullshit’
9 FOOTER (to fro e = energy)* Linked with 16 down
11 DEEP-SIXES (Despise ex)* A US expression, new to this blogger, that I worked out from the anagram fodder, when I’d some crossing letters and had twigged the sixes theme.
12/15 CLICK (get on) ETY-CLICK (cycle kit)*
16/1A HALF A DOZEN i.e. another thematic six. H = Henry (abbrev from physics) (Fonda zeal)* Also refers to the film ‘Twelve Angry Men” in which HF starred.
17 AG (RE) EING RE = outskirts of Rochdale (first and last letters)
20 TEST PILOTS The river Test and pilots who guide some boats.
24 (On) LOCATION
25/19 A (LL) T HE R AGE LL = a couple of lines in ‘at her age’ This, with 11, gives ALL THE SIXES in the bottom row.
1 DECIMAL Of ten
2 ZO NA L (l an Oz)<
3 corNER VYing i.e. in “central position”
4 KNOB B(Lad’s head)Y Bonk<, meaning, among other things, to hit
5 BUFFET CAR “Train catering staff here?” Worried that I may have missed something, as this, without the ‘?’ would read like a clue in a ‘quick’ definition crossword.
The final five letters are (cater)*
6 B ROADSIDE B = a follower (in the alphabet). Hmm!
7 BEDECK First letters.
13 COL (pass) LEG (member) IA L (L A1)<
14 ENAC T (MEN) T cane< TT = Tourist Trophy (Isle of Man) and, yes, it is a series of races, not just one.
16 HEADER Means a headlong fall and refers back to 9 ac (FOOTER). This refers to typing – items that go on top or bottom of a (or each) page. Wondered if it was connected with the theme with ALL THE SIXES on the bottom and DOZEN KEBABS at the top; A quick Google for the latter yielded nothing, so perhaps not.
17 AB (an abdominal muscle) SOLVE (as we do)
18 (car) NATIONS
21 PAC K’S cap<