Posted by nmsindy on May 16th, 2008
A fairly straightforward puzzle by Phi, I found – solving time, 16 mins
* = anagram < = reversed
1 SHOPPING LIST A second meaning for each of the words.
9 O SA K A It = SA (Sex appeal) A crossword staple.
11 STEAM OPEN Liked this. Open as in open golf.
12 DRAW Equality (as in a football match)
13 MISS WOR (L) D
15 EP HEM ERA
16 A (R) N OLD Worked this out from the wordplay. Not heard of the composer but Wikipedia tells me there’s a Samuel Arnold from the late 1700s. R = runs (cricket)
19 FL (OUR) Y ‘Like’ as it’s an adjective.
20 COVE RAGE
21CH (INST R) AP (isnt)* R = right
21 VI (O) L (e) Sensing a musical interest of the setter.
23 ARTHROPOD (port hoard)* ? as ‘crustacean’ is just one example of this class of creatures.
28 C (A N) ON
27 MICROCLIMATE (it commercial)*
1 HO A X A = first (letter) of April. X = times (multiplication sign). Very tolerant of the Indy to mention a competing title.
3 POST M ARK (as in Noah’s)
4 IN ESSE cf (f) inesse. All my dicts say it means ‘in existence’ which does not seems quite the same as ‘at heart’ so I hope I’ve not missed something. I verified the answer using ‘reveal’
5 GAME (WAR) DEN
6 IMPERSO NATION (promise)*
7 TU (r) NED
8 G OLD LEAF Refers to the phrase ‘turning over a new leaf’ i.e. reforming for the better
10 ANACHRONISTIC n (new) in (chair action)*
14 IMPRESARIO I (one) in (proms are I)*
17 D WELLING
18 POP PAD UM Nice to be able to work out a new word from the wordplay. It’s an Indian dish.
21 PROPEL cf proper
22 CHAS M
24 E (C) HT the<