Posted by linxit on March 5th, 2008
Solving time 22:30
A bit of a mix of good and bad clues, easy and hard, and one made-up word at 5D (not in any of my dictionaries anyway, which include the latest Chambers and Collins editions).
10 SAM,BA – ref. 13A without AI.
12 RADIANT – (The Guardian)* minus HUGE – nice surface reading.
13 AIDAN,CE – not a word I’ve come across before. St. Aidan was the Irish missionary who founded the monastery on Lindisfarne.
14 CAPITAL CHARGE – cryptic definition, although no longer true for treason according to Stephen Fry on QI last week.
17 EVADE THE ISSUE – I assume this is supposed to be a cryptic definition, but it’s not the usual type, which allows of two different readings of the clue, e.g. Rufus on Monday: “Two tools for a pound” for PESTLE AND MORTAR. This is more like a cryptic answer to a straight clue, and 3D is the same. Has Gordius invented a new clue type here? I can’t decide whether I like it or not, but unlike 3D, at least this one’s humorous!
24 C(USTODI)AN – i.e. studio* inside CAN
26 (y)EAST – took me a while to think of a 5-letter word ending in EAST that could mean riser.
27 RHYMESTER (Merry’s the)* – William McGonagall was renowned as one of the worst poets ever.
1 HIS GRACE (is charge)* – charge coming from the 2nd word of 14A.
3 STAR ATTRACTION – another “cryptic answer” clue.
5 NETCASH – has to be the right answer, as 20D more or less confirms it. Appears to be a website where you can make online payments: www.netcash.com, rather than a real word.
9 BORDERLINE CASE – a more traditional cryptic def, and quite a good one.
15 PREMISSES – “premises”. Reads very naturally so you almost miss the clear homophone indicator.
16 BE(TRAY)ER – really obvious, and the second clue using BEER as a container. Not good.
18 EARL,I.E.,R – very clever, ref. Warwick the Kingmaker.
20 SPECIE – part 2 of 5D is CASH, and specie is another word for coins.