Posted by tilsit on April 28th, 2008
Solving time: 12 minutes
Pleasant thematic start to the week, reminiscent of Altair’s puzzles, for those of an age. A nice puzzle for those wanting to find their way into cryptics and themed puzzles. With my purist’s hat on, I have a few reservations.
Hadn’t heard of 8 down before and not keen on 12 across as it part-uses an answer already in the grid. 13 across doesn’t quite work for me, either. Nevertheless, good fun and thanks to Auster for a nice challenge.
Mood music: Bad Penny Blues by the late, wonderful and incomparable Humphrey Lyttelton. RIP Humph.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM – (R) = REVERSAL (CD) = CRYPTIC DEFINITION
1. EMBOSS EM (R) + BOSS (Master)
4 VACANT VA (Virginia) + CANT
9 OPEN O + PEN (How to address the writer!)
10 ACCESSIBLE ACCESS (Gate) = IB (1B) + LE Definition = 9 across
11 CANDID CANDID (ATE)
12 OPEN BOAT OPEN (9) + OB (R) + AT I don’t like to see a word used again in a puzzle.
13 INGENUOUS I presume this is supposed to be INGENIUS with the second “I” replaced by a homophone for “You” (U), but what about the “O”.
15 FREE Double def
16 UNDO Hidden answer – Discovered at just about works for me as a container indicator.
17 ASSASSINS ASS + ASS (Fools) + IN (as in cricket) + S (Start to spinners)
21 STALE AIR ALE inside STAIR
22 SECURE SEE around CUR
24 DAY-TRIPPER (CD)
25 AJAR A + JAR
26 HAS A GO HA(S) + SAGO (Pudding loved by grannies loathed by schoolkids)
27 PATENT PATIENT minus I
1 EXPLAIN EX + PLAIN
2 BONED I don’t think this needs explanation!
3 SPANDAU SP (Spanish – NOT in Chambers though!) + AND + AU Prison where Rudolf Hess was held for many years.
5 ANSWER A NSW (There are states outside the USA, you know!) + RE (R)
6 ACID BURNS A C.I.D. + BURNS
7 TILLAGE TILL + AGE
8 OCTOPUS STRAPS OCT + OPUS + STRAPS Never heard of ‘em!
14 ENDPLATES N PEDESTAL (*)
16 UNTEACH U (Turn) + CAN’T HE (*)
18 AUSTRIA AUSTRALIA minus AL (Gore)
19 NOR’EAST SENATOR (*)
20 GAPING GA + PING
21 CRANE RAN inside CE