Posted by Ali on April 24th, 2008
Blog Number 1 from me, so first things first, hello!
A puzzle of two halves for me. The bottom half went in fairly easily, but I came a bit unstuck on the NW corner, so decided to start looking around for a theme to help out. At which point I spotted Tottenham’s very own (Jonathan) WOODGATE across the bottom and (Dimitar) BERBATOV across the top. Would Eimi by any chance be a Spurs fan?
All the missing answers fell into place after that and I was done and dusted before I got off the bus. Good stuff, I enjoyed this one.
Unsure on some wordplay though, so any pointers would be appreciated.
|9||REPROVE – REP,ROVE. I usually think of ‘reproof’, so didn’t get this straight away. A lovely surface reading though|
|11||CENTESIMO – (SET INCOME)* – Old currency of Uruguay (and Italy)|
|12||RALES – R,ALES – A new word for me. ‘A rattling sound from a diseased lung’, so says Chambers|
|13||IAMBI – I,AM,BI(sexual)! My fave clue this one. Very cheeky|
|14||ELONGATED – A good surface here with ‘as coverage for’ as the container indicator for O(pe)N in ELATED, but is ‘golf’ G? Have never come across that before if so|
|16||HEALTH INSURANCE – (CHELSEA HURT IN AN)* Not sure about the ‘fringe players’ bit here as the rest of the clue seems to work OK without it|
|20||FREEZABLE – ‘May get solid’ is the defintion here. F[-i]RE + [evidenc]E +(BLAZE)* is how we get there.|
|22||ORANG – ORANG[-e]. As in Orang-outang|
|24||RURAL – RU(RA)L[-e] ‘The Gunners’ here being the Royal Artillery, rather than Tottenham’s bitter North London rivals, who surely never break the rules!|
|27||ANGULAR – Can’t quite work this one out, other than the definition being ‘bony’|
|28||NULLIFY – (FILLY[-R]UN)*|
|1||BRACKISH – RACK (e.g. of lamb) in BISH (a mistake or blunder)|
|2||EPONYM – E(PONY)M Until Berbatov revealed himself, I spent far too long assuming ‘space’ must be SP, rather than the old printer’s favourite EM|
|3||ROSE TINTED – There were a few options with this one I thought, so it took a while to spot SET in ROTE + D(ead)|
|4||BERIBERI – The last answer I got, and I think it’s right, though I must admit I can’t work out the wordplay!|
|5||ARROYO – Hidden in GuitAR ROY Orbison. Again, a new word for me. It’s ‘a dry watercourse’ apparently|
|6||TSAR – Subtract AM(erican) R(eligous) I(nstruction) from Amritsar (where you’d go to see the Golden Temple), and there you have it.|
|8||VERSED – VERSE,D. Comes right after Verse C!|
|15||GORGONZOLA – NO GROG rev. on top of (Emile) ZOLA, our writer|
|18||SINGEING – A nice surface, and I’ve done enough of these things now to know what I’m looking for when I see ‘Mahler’s fifth’, ‘Beethoven’s Second’, etc.|
|19||EAGLE EYE – I liked the definition here (‘One’s very keen’) but am not sure where the A comes from. I make this to be GLEE in E YE|
|20||WARSAW – WAS,RAW rev.|
|23||ALBEIT – A,LB + TIE rev.|
|25||LALO – French music type person Édouard-Victoire-Antoine, hidden in VilLA-LObos. Thanks Wikipedia!|