Posted by nmsindy on March 20th, 2008
Nimrod’s puzzles have a very individual style, rarely more exemplified than here. Found it very hard, but got there in the end, but decided I’d better verify in some cases by using the new free ‘reveal’ facility which confirmed my answers.
Solving time: 65 mins
* = anagram
1 FIRST LIGHT Dawn. Nothing to do with the Sun replacing the Daily Herald in the late 1960s. And ‘light’ is an old-fashioned word for a crossword answer and this is the first in this puzzle.
7 C-IN-C cf cinc(h) de-tailed
9 ID LING Two fishes, familiar to solvers.
10 LIME RICK
11 NAME SAKE Good
12 ARMANI Airman with the i ‘demoted’
13 GAINED ADMISSION Double definition with the split at suspect/got
15 ETHNIC CLEANSING (China neglects in)* “What China neglects in forces?” Finally got this, which was key to the difficult lower half of the puzzle, when I’d sufficient crossing letters. I do not understand it though. Does China = mate have something to do with it definitionally?
20 RED-TOP Liverpool play in red tops, shorts etc (‘coverage – partial)
21 CU (copper) T IN T WO (walkover). Clue of the puzzle for me.
23 LITTLE MO (Maureen Connolly, tennis player) – clue also had a &lit element as she passed away, prematurely, if I recall.
24 NUN C (I) O
25 IN TO(w)
26 SE (SAME SEE) D Very subtle = walls is a containment indicator. Sed = but in Latin
2 IN DIANA Roman goddess of hunting
3 SPIKE Milligan Very good
4 L (A GG) ARD It can be a adj though given as rare in Collins
5 G OLDEN DELI C IOUS
6 T IMP (AN) I
7 CERAMISTS Got it from definition and verified but not understood “Handicraftsmen writing author’s name into formal declarations”
8 NO CAN DO
14 NINETY-TWO (twenty-on I)* Another very subtle one that I got only near the end.
16 THE LION Sign of the Zodiac and typical pub name? If the latter, that’s a bit vague and I really struggled in that corner of the grid.
17 CY PRES S Trust = wills
18 ANTONY Mark
19 NEW LINE key worker = typist carriage return (do you remember that?)
22 NINES Hidden