Posted by rightback on March 22nd, 2008
Solving time: lost.
A nice change from Araucaria, and a pretty standard Guardian puzzle with nothing too difficult, although a couple of harder words; 3dn held me up the most. There’s also a mini-theme in the perimeter (WASHING THE CAR, MOWING THE LAWN, WALKING THE DOG and finally GOING TO THE PUB).
Music of the day: Based on the theme all I can think of is Car Wash by Rose Royce. Sorry, I know this is terrible so please feel free to suggest something better. Actually, I suppose You Can Make Me Dance Sing Or Anything (Even Take The Dog For A Walk, Mend A Fuse, Fold Away The Ironing Board, Or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings) by Rod Stewart and the Faces would be better, as it’s the longest song title (115 letters) ever to make the Top 40, but I can’t find an online recording (although there’s an extract here starting at 3:58).
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|1||WASHING THE CAR; WASHINGT[on] + (REACH)* – held up here by trying ‘London’ for ‘capital’. Nice definition (‘Perhaps automatic cleaning work’).|
|10||OTHER + NESS – if I’ve parsed this correctly it’s very weak, with ‘other’ having the same function in the cryptic and definition readings.|
|11||TIBIA; rev. of (A1 + BIT)|
|12||IRONY; RON in [d]IY|
|13||ORLOP DECK; (PRO LOCKED)*|
|14||GIELGUD; (GUILE)* in G,D – the actor Sir John Gielgud.|
|16||DRAM + MEN – although this was one of my last entries I think I had heard of Drammen, though I’m not sure why.|
|18||HANS + AR (rev. of RA) + D[uke] – this I did know, although I always get these parliamentary reports mixed up with ‘mansard’.|
|20||BEER + GUT (= ‘good’ in German) – I didn’t know Beer, Devon but should still have got this much faster – without thinking I took ‘Cologne’s good’ to be ‘bon’. Whoops.|
|21||LOVE (= ‘nothing’) + STORY (‘level’)|
|23||[b]RIDGE – a ‘watershed’ is a ridge of land separating two water systems, but I don’t know what ‘before’ is doing in the clue. [Mea culpa - it's a perfectly valid part of the wordplay. See comments.]|
|24||WILCO (alternate letters) – radio speak for ‘will comply’.|
|25||MANIFEST + O|
|26||GOING TO (= ‘Having intention to’) + T(HEP)UB|
|2||A(SH + MOLE)AN|
|3||HA(RP)Y – RP is Received Pronunciation. This was my last entry.|
|4||NA + [h]E + VOID|
|5||TUSSLED; THE – HE (= ‘The man off’) + U.S. + SLED|
|6||ES (= drugs) + TOP + PAGE (= ‘side’) – a legalese word that might have caused some difficulty.|
|7||ALBE (from ABLE) + E – Edward Albee (new to me) wrote Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.|
|8||MOWING THE LAWN; (NIGHT OWL WOMEN + A – O)* – ‘one’ for ‘A’ in the anagram is quite indirect, but the theme made this easy enough.|
|9||WALKING THE DOG (cryptic definition)|
|15||GEARS DOWN; (GRADE SNOW)*|
|17||MOG + A(DISH)U|
|20||BAY + ONE + T|
|22||VOLVO; rev. of (O + V + LOV[e])|