Posted by nmsindy on May 5th, 2008
I found this a very unusual crossword, much tougher than usual (perhaps scheduled because of the Bank Holiday). I spent 47 mins at it, but did not solve it, not getting 23 ac
* = anagram < = reversed
1 NA (POLE O) N
6 A S WELL
9 BETEL GE (‘extremely gruesome’ = first and last letters) USE
10 Dead as a DO DO
11 C (LE (AVA)G) E Actress Ava Gardner from quite a while back.
13 BARRA (ge)
14 SORDID hidden
15 LOCKS (secures) TEP Pet<
17 G (Glow-worm’s beginning) EODESIC (codes ie)*, I think
19 NELLIE Got this right without knowing why “When she married a cleric, she used to sit and dream” Refers to something this blogger ain’t come across.
20 THE ME
22 IN WARD L(il)Y
23 LIME “Soil treatment for one of two trees” Had to look this up and do not understand it.
24 SUI GENERIS (ruins siege)*
26 HECTOR H for R in Rector R is third letter of parishioners.
27 EX TOLLED
2 AVE (abbrev for avenue)
4 ENGLAND N (last of salmon) in (angled)*
5 NOUVELLE CUISINE If I’ve interpreted this correctly it’s (Nice U lovelies un)* with undressing splitting into un dressing and dressing indicating the anagram. Well Eimi’s said he not always strictly Ximenean…
6 ALE (MBI) C Alec Guinness, actor
7 WADER Hidden <
8 LUDGATE HILL (A dull light)* containing E
12 LOOS EST RIFE
16 S (OLAR C) ELL (coral)*
16 S (one of several) PENS ER
19 NE W LEFT
21 EVE N T noontime = nt More non-Xim splitting, I think.
25 IKE Alternate letters Nickname of President Eisenhower