Posted by nmsindy on March 5th, 2008
The usual excellent puzzle from Dac. Good variety, some easier than others as it should be, but all yielding in the end. Solving time, 23 mins.
* = anagram < = reversal
1 C (OP S) HOP Wordplay container-and- contents reverses natural order of words, but all clear in the end.
5 VIC TIM This film ignoramus got this from the wordplay, verifying after.
8 ALTO (a lot)* My last entry, and my favourite clue.
9 WIN E (European) CELLAR “Seller” Bordeaux means the wine, not the geograpichal area. Good.
10 MICHAEL CLAYTON (thy local cinema)* See 5 across.
12 TO XI CITY XI = Roman numerals for eleven = (football) team of which one is Birmingham (City) – sorry, Eimi.
13 AM-DRAM AM = early DRAM = drink. Abbrev for Amateur Dramatics.
15 SCH E MA
17 TRI (B UN) AL
19 CO (N TOR) TIONISTS Excellent topical surface reading Co = business (so it isn’t)*
21 ADAM AND EVE Rhyming slang – Do you Adam and Eve it?
23 I (electric current) SAY (state) My! is definition
24 (Hilaire) BELL O C Bell = inventor of telephone
25 S (TUCK) ON
1 CO (LU) MBO A TV detective series
2 PROS (CRIB) E
3 HEW “Hugh” Gaitskell – Labour Party leader, never became PM – died suddenly in 1963.
4 PENALTY (Net play)* ? needed as fine is only an example of a penalty.
5 VAC (ILL) ATION
6 COLEY hidden <
7 I SA (DO) RA(band) Duncan Saraband being a dance and ID a famous dancer.
11 AN I MATRON IC New word to me that I worked out from the friendly wordplay.
14 D (RUM ST) ICK Dick meaning, among other things, a detective.
16 CROW DIE
17 TO (IL) ERS IL in (store)* Roman numeral for 49 (L = 50) in the same way as IV = 4 and IX = 9. I think it was not in fact used by the Romans, it was XLIX for them, but it’s entered modern usage.
18 AB STAIN AB = sailor (able-bodied seamen). Bizarre surface.
20 T (AMI) L Ami = friend (French). borders = outside letters
22 E CU (Chemical symbol for copper)