Posted by rightback on April 12th, 2008
Solving time: 13:05
A definition/letter-mixture puzzle from Araucaria this week. Please say in the comments if you found this a welcome change or a bit of a chore.
Some definitions are given in brackets.
Music (10dn): The Trout by Schubert, which spawned the famous ‘Trout Quintet’. I have no idea if this is any good, because my Internet connection is too slow today to play the video!
|1||MARTINMAS – I think the definition here is ‘Day celebration’.|
|11||FRAGONARD – if I’d known this artist my solving time would have been much quicker.|
|12||NATURAL (normal) – should have got both this and 10ac faster than I did.|
|26||LEST (in case)|
|1||MUTINOUS (rising) – my last entry.|
|3||INTERPRETATION (rendering) – I found this the hardest of the long answers.|
|4||MUFFLER – looking back, I should have got this faster; it’s pretty obvious that ‘Wonderful female’ has to contain the anagram fodder.|
|5||STARVED (cold) – apparently ‘to starve’ can mean ‘to die of cold’ in northern and Scottish dialects.|
|7||BRASSIERE (cups) – one of the few disguised definitions.|
|8||SIDING (not the main line)|
|15||DIETETICS (science relating to food) – I actually got this wrong initially, writing in ‘dietarily’, which is a word according to Merriam-Webster, but (I now notice) doesn’t quite fit the letters in the clue.|
|16||STATUARY (figures) – didn’t know this was a noun.|
|19||ANODYNE (bland) – the surface refers to this Beatrix Potter book.|