Posted by tilsit on February 28th, 2008
Solving time: 25 minutes.
Quite devious from young Nimrod today with a couple of ambiguous solutions until you get the intersecting answers. Very enjoyable with a couple of forehead slapping moments.
ACROSS (*) = Anagram (CD) = Cryptic def (R) = Reversal
8 MIGNONNE MIG (Russian Fighter Plane) + NONE (love, as in tennis) around N (new).
9 OPEN UP O U P (Oxford Uni Press) with PEN inside
10 JEJUNE (CD) How a stammerer might pronounce the seasonal time!
11 THE STARS Double def.
12 WENT OVER THE EDGE I had GONE instead of WENT at first. THE EDGE is bassist with U2.
13 PERSONA NON GRATA PER = A (as in miles per hour) ANON in SONG + RAT + A.
16 TURNED A BLIND EYE EYED NIL BAD E.N. RUT (All reversed) & lit. Very clever.
19 CELLARET EL + EARL* inside CT
20 HEARTS A in HERTS
21 MIMOSA MO inside AIMS*
22 EINSTEIN (CD) Nice clue.
1 RIB-EYE I BE in RYE
2 IN QUOTES Anag of QUESTION – nice deceptive clue!
3 UNLEAVENED BREAD BANDLEADER VENUE*
4 BETTER AND BETTER (CD)
5 SOMETHING IN HAND (cd) ref Bridge and other card games.
6 SEETHE SEE (Date) on THE
7 OUTRIGHT OUT + RIGHT
14 EAU DE VIE ODOUR (Homophone) + VIE (Contend)
15 REDRAFTS RED + RAFTS
17 NELSON As in wrestling hold and history
18 YTTRIC TT + I CRY*