Posted by Colin Blackburn on May 9th, 2008
As ever an excellent puzzle from Brendan. It was quickly apparent that every clue ended in “, say”. After solving a few it became clear that Brendan was using “say” in a number of capacities: definition by example, homophone, part of the fodder, and as the definition itself. This led to more homophones than you’d normally get in a daily puzzle but Brendan balanced this with some superb examples of this clue type.
* = anagram
dd = double definition
“” = homophone
|9||PRONOUNCE||PRONOUN+CE||say as a definition.|
|10||E+”male”||say as a homophone indicator.|
|13||OSSUARY||(OURS SAY)*||say as part of the fodder.|
|19||CAR||Coke And Rum||say as part of a definition by example.|
|22||STEWART||“Stuart”||ref. James Stewart and Andy Stewart though less famous people may fit the bill too.|
|24||GREAT DANE||dd||this is a fifth type of clue. Say here is being used as a question mark might be to highlight the second, more cryptic, definition.|
|29||TIDEMARKS||“tied Marx”||great homophone with a nicely misleading definition creating a surface conjuring up Stalin and the Second World War.|
|3||FOR EXAMPLE||FORE+X+AMPLE||so concise!|
|5||SEAFARER||“see fairer”||another excellent homophone.|
|6||BEAU||“Bow”||I filled this in from the definition and checking letters but failed to see the word play. It has only just dawned on me as I type that it is a reference to Bow, a district of London.|
|7||MAINTAIN||AIN’T in MAIN||say here is a definition again.|
|8||KLEE||“clay”||I guess you need to know how Paul Klee’s name is correctly pronounced for this clue. I didn’t!|
|13||OSCAR||(kok)”oschka”|| odd one here, a hidden homophone, for want of a better term.
See comment 1 below for a much more likely explanation.
|15||NOM DE PLUME||PLUM in (ODE MEN)*||excellent stuff again, the definition is by example. Dr Seuss was the nom de plume of Theodor Geisel.|
|16||KRAFT||“craft”||KRAFT is a type of paper.|
|25||TORY||T(his) O(ffice) (anothe)R (sa)Y||heads and tails!|
|27||EASY||E(x)A(m)S(a)Y||and finally yet another device to end on.|