Posted by nmsindy on April 3rd, 2008
A very tough puzzle by Bannsider. Solving time, 64 mins. Tremendous rigour and invention in clueing. Just two that I do not fully understand, though I got them from definitions and crossing letters. I’ve verified them using ‘reveal’. Don’t think I could do puzzles like this every day, but they’re a real pleasure when they come around.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 A (N) FIELD n in (failed)* Home of Liverpool Football Club
5 ENMITY M (married) for T (time) in entity i.e. being
9 O RIFL (A MM) E
10 TIT US (Groan) Mervyn Peake’s work, which I’d heard of, but am not familiar with. us = our party. This was my last entry
11 IZ ZAT Centre of prIZed and Zat Knight (footballer – a defender). Hard for non-footy types, perhaps.
12 ENTER INTO (retention)* A very well-concealed anagram.
13 Brian EP (Jock) STEIN Manager of the Beatles – I’d a feeling it would not be a manager of Liverpool FC, though tantalisingly their three most famous managers all have seven letters, Shankly, Paisley, Benitez. One played for extended period = EP (extended play – record).
15 O VERSE A
16 ARM Very subtle, this, if I’ve understood it right. Proper variety of poplar = Poplar (in London). So wound = harm = ‘arm.
17 AUGUST E (Rodin) S
19 AD END DA
21 SUN (daily newspaper) SCREEN
22 SKI (M) P Nothing to do with ‘Holly’ from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Go lightly = skimp. On the borders of fairness, I felt.
23 O MEGA Fine = end of a musical piece.
24 ANTI PAST O anti past = for future O centre letter of archaeologist. An Italian starter (dish)
25 CARRIE “Carry” = bear
26 CO-LET T(i)E
1/8 A POLICEMAN’S LOT IS NOT A HAPPY ONE. PC = policeman, but I was mainly toying with ‘politically correct’ and got this only near the end after which I finished the puzzle (reasonably) quickly. From Gilbert & Sullivan (Pirates of Penzance).
2 FRIZZES Fizzer with r brought up = f(rizze) s = edge of stone (first letter)
3 ECLAT The only clue I solved on first run through! Final letters (among them those of nil and eight)
4 DAME EDNA EVERAGE “Clothes off peg are Vendee-made, brought up to dress a “lady” “. All the letters of Vendee-made are in there, but I cannot put it all together.
5 ELECTROMAGNETIC (eclat n geometric)*
6 M (OTORHE)AD (hooter)* As my interest in pop music began to decline naturally around the time of the demise of 13, I was pleased to work this out from the wordplay and confirm after that they exist.
7 TE (TAN) US Suet<
14 EASY CHAIR “Where a sitter might be missed?” All except the last word seem to give the definition = maybe it just means you would not see the person in such chair or maybe there’s something that I’ve “missed”
18 GUNNER A
20 N (AIL S) ET
22 SeEn PAL & lit.