Posted by nmsindy on April 29th, 2008
Another excellent themed puzzle from Virgilius, the theme becoming apparent to me only quite late on.
The middle row is PARTS OF SPEECH and every row, sometimes in one word, sometimes reading across two, contains one in order ADVERB, CONJUNCTION, PRONOUN, PREPOSITION, PARTICLE, VERB. Solving time, 30 mins, and the usual brilliant clues from the master.
* = anagram < = reversed
6 GAL A HAD
9 VER (BEN) A
10 A N CON
11 J UNCTIONS
12 PRONOUCE D
13 V (I.E.) W Volkswagen
15 PARTS OF SPEECH Clue refers to theme and other answers.
19 R ASP
20 REPOSITION (Top senior I)*
24 PARTICLES ‘declines’ refers to grammar
25 HOSE A
26 OVER BUY Two cricket reference deliveries = over (six balls bowled) “Bye” one type of extra run.
27 SOR (CE) RY
1 A LECTO (r) Greek mythology
2 AV (ENG) ERS Surface refers to cricket again.
3 BRUTE I think this refers to “Et tu, Brute” – last words of Julius Caesar when assassinated.
4 DEMONIAC (comedian)*
5 WAR SAW (was raw)< The Warsaw uprising, late in WWII
6 GRAPPA Very cleverly hidden
7 HANG-OUTS (A shotgun)*
8 D (I) J ON DJ = dinner jacket
14 PERIS HER
16 ASS OR TED
17 OVERLAYS (lover say)* Amusing surface
18 UN EASY
19 RAPTOR (parrot)*
21 O AS IS
22 IN STEP
23 LIMBO Double definition, the second one referring to the dance, I think, where the dancer goes under a bar