Posted by C G Rishikesh on April 29th, 2008
After thirty minutes with the puzzle, I didn’t get 21ac and 24ac and 16dn. Any of my readers may please post the answers.
1 DESCRIBE – des, crib, E
5 HECTIC – ethi (anag. of E, itch), C
10 SATSUMA – a, must, as reversed This fruit is new to me. I got it from wordplay.
13 DELFTWARE – de(L, FT, w.)ar,e
18 TALENT SCOUTS – talents, C(out)S ‘bent’ in the sense of talent; it is an adj. qualifying gifts in the surface reading; the def. is “(Those) who look for ones with the bent”
21 not solved – (On edit) The clue is: Clerk on fixed programme to jail trafficker (9)
23 LINER – two def.
24 not solved – (On edit) The clue is: Barnet’s cleaner – bogus collection largely (7)
25 OPENING – anag. of pig, none
26 SENTRY – sen(-d), try
27 PENTAGON – pe(n, tag)on(-y) I am not happy with the surface reading.
1 DUSTER, two def.
2 SATIRE – I take ‘Swift writing’ as ‘writing by Swift’ which I know is satire. But I don’t see how ‘a bore’ fits
3 ROUGH-HEWN – anag. of ‘how hunger’ but not a very pleasing surface reading
4 BOARDING SCHOOL – cryptic def. –‘to get one’s head down’ = to fall to = to begin to eat
6 EVENT – even, t
7 TEA PARTY – anag. of ‘ape ratty’, again not a very satisfying surface reading
8 CAT’S EYES – (trademark) these are reflectors embedded in road surface to make traffic lanes visible at night
9 FOLLOW YOUR NOSE – there was some hold-up in my solving as I first put in ‘follow one’s nose’
15 INTELLECT – two def.
16 not solved – (On edit) The clue is: More people possibly turning to sit-ups (8)
17 PLANTAIN – (to)plant, AI, n
19 ENDING – reversed letter string from ‘campaiGN I’D NEgotiated’
20 DRAGON – drag on
22 INNER – (-d)inner, ref. to ‘inner sole’ (On edit) The reason why I didn’t get some answers is this solution is wrong. I now realise that the correct answer is (-s)UPPER. The clue was: Meal without starter, complementing to sole perhaps (5) Now, does this exclude my answer?