Posted by NealH on April 29th, 2008
*=anag, =dropped, <=rev.
Very tough puzzle by Scorpion, I thought. There were three I didn’t fully understand.
7 Mincer: cryptic definition.
8 Heighten: he + (the gin)*
9 Leo Minor: Odd letters of sleep + minor.
10 Bistro: (Brit[ish] + so)*
11 Meat Loaf: (fame a lot)*. I found the “arrests” a bit confusing and didn’t seem to add much to the clue.
12 Cherry: C[las]h + err + y. I think cherry is sometimes used to mean a ball in cricket.
13 Arthur’s Seat: Didn’t understand this apart from camelot = (King) Arthur’s seat. The clue was “Camelot providing attraction in former home of Thunderball player ?”
18 Posses: posses[s]
20 Snowball: Snob around w + all.
22 Aghast: Hidden.
23 Improper: Rope in (prim)*.
24 Pittance: Pitta + even letters of snacked.
25 Shiraz: Hairs* + z.
1 Pikelet: Cryptic def. Had to do reveal to get this since I’ve never heard of pikelet meaning a type of food. I thought it was a small fish.
2 Scimitar: (armistice – e)*
3 Bronco: B + roo around nc.
4 Big Bucks: Big Buckinghamshire + pile (of money).
5 Chaste: t in chase.
6 Ferrari: Fear around RR (Rolls Royce) + i.
8 Herefordshire: Here + for + d + (heirs)*.
14 Hesitant: He’s + titan with t moved to end.
15 Ambrosia: Didn’t get this at all. Clue was “Seaman in Wales once caught leaves – delicious food”. Delicious food is obviously the def, but I didn’t understand the other wordplay.
16 Rough it: Didn’t understand this either. Clue is “Three characters together in retreat live basically”.
17 Glue Ear: (U E + large)*.
19 Scatty: Scat + t[enb]y.
21 Oppose: Op + pose.