Posted by tilsit on March 11th, 2008
Solving time: 21 minutes. I really enjoy Glow-worm’s puzzles, both the blocked and his barred puzzles which appear in the Listener , Inquisitor and EV canon. Today’s was no exception with a couple of nice linked clues. A little word of thanks to Jen for help with MELBA TOAST
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (CD) = Cryptic definition (R) = Reversal
1/3 MARCH HARE Barnet (Fair) is cockney rhyming slang for Hair, which here is used as a homophone.
4 HALF MAST (CD) A flag flying at half-mast marks a death.
9 GONERIL “& Lit” clue referring to King Lear’s daughter. IGNORE* + L (Lear’s first)
10/29 COLONEL BOGEY COLON (Gut) + ELBO(W) (‘mostly’ joint) + G + E+ Y (Last three letters from outstanding, grouse, only). Colonel Bogey was the March used in the film “The Bridge on the Rver Kwai”, composed by Kenneth Alford, with an adaptation by Malcolm Arnold used in the film.
11 BEER A porter is a type of Stout
12 SEDATIVE DAVE’S TIE*
15/14 THE DAM BUSTERS EDAM + BUS + REST* after TH (Thursday). Another famous war-time march from the film of the same name, composed by Eric Coates.
17 CLAIROYANT VICTORY ALAN*
18 COME TO BLOWS Scrap here means fight. Clue overall refers to what trumpeters do COME TO BLOW + S (sabbath)
19 EVA Hidden answer - Immense variety.
21 FIRE HOSE This was a nice clue. The US equivalent of a fire station is Fire House, take out U (Universal) and you get something found in one!
22 PAST A March Past usually involved reviewing troops, etc.
26 ALL TIME Double definition
27 PEA SOUP PE(N) + AS+ O U P (Oxford University Press). An old name for a fog.
28 RADETSKY TRADE* + SKY The Radetsky March was composed by Johann Strauss. A particular favourite of mine, it is always featured on the New Years’ Day Concert from Vienna, it gives me great amusement seeing all the auditorium almost on the edge of their seats wondering if it will be played and then bursting into surprised applause when it is!
1 MEGABIT Meg(Ryan) + A BIT
2 RANGE The end of ANGER shifts to the front.
4 HALO HA(L)LO - Another nice clue.
5 LOCKER ROOM Spooner’s chair making an appearance would be ROCKER LOOM
6 MELBA TOAST TABLE reversed inside mast with O inside.
7 SYNDICATE NICEST DAY*
8 FLUENT FLU + E N T (Ear, Nose and Throat) Dept.
16 ESMERALDA ADAM REELS*
18 CAFTAN AFT inside CAN (slang name for bathroom) - Usually spelt with a K, but not here.
20 AUTOPSY SPOT inside AU + Y PM = Post Mortem
23 ALONG (H) ALO + NG
24 SPAY SPA + Y
25 JAMB Sounds like Jam (Bottleneck)