Posted by C G Rishikesh on March 11th, 2008
An easy puzzle that I finished in less than 30 minutes. The last three were 10ac., 22 ac. and 9dn. Many were solved immediately upon reading the clues, a couple half-way through them.
10 LINEN – line, n – I was looking for a word in plural before I abandoned the idea.
12 FURLONG – fur, long – I am old enough to have lived in a period when this measure was used.
20 THEFT – the, FT
22 BASUTOS – about SS* – Answer was delayed because, first, the word is new to me and, second, it took me some time before I realised the clue was anag., not container-contained.
29 EXPRESS REGRETS – express, Reg, rest*
5 NIGHT – nigh (near, close, as in the expression ‘well-nigh impossible’), t
9 CLEFTS– c, left, s – ‘c’ for ‘cycle’ took some time; c/s is abbr. for ‘cycles per second’, so is the use of ‘c’ for ‘cycle’ quite legitimate?
17 FASCINATE – Incas fate* – Is the question mark at the end of the clue absolutely necessary?
24 SPUDS – s, puds – ‘pud’ for ‘pudding’ is indeed in Chambers but I have had no chance of using this.