Posted by C G Rishikesh on May 20th, 2008
I am rather late today as the real world caught up with me this morning. I could not give undivided attention to this crossword. I must admit that I had a slow start but clues fell one by one gradually. At the time of writing this blog, I had three to go but I am afraid the distractions won’t allow me to persist and ponder.
1 CROSSBOW – I am not sure of this. Of course, it fits the second def, but I have not yet got a grip over the first def.
5 PLAQUE – Not too cryptic a def.
10 ESTER – anag. of ‘steer’ – the surface reading gives a different twist to the def.
11 LIFEGUARD – Cryptic def but none-too-satisfying.
13 ELFIN – elfi(anag. of ‘file’),n
14 not solved: The clue is: Come back for a sort of flask (6)
15 DO OR DIE – door, die
20 TREBLE – tre(-m)ble
22 EMCEE – short for Master of Ceremonies No better treatment can be given to this word, it seems.
24 not solved – The clue is: It’s a ground breaker (nothing to be frightened of) (9)
25 AGENT NOUN – a,gent,noun (anag. of on UN)
27 EARLAP – anag. of ‘a pearl’. I believe ‘earlap’ also means ‘earflap’ and I understand what it is, but I don’t know of this as something that covers a hearing aid.
28 AESTHETE – anag. of ‘see E that’
1 COERCE – co(-mm)erce
3 STRING ORCHESTRA – I believe this is the answer. I know what a ‘string orchestra’ is and I know what wind instruments are but I have not fully understood the crypticity of this clue.
4 OILIEST – anag. of ‘Eliot is’
6 LEG BEFORE WICKET – Cryptic def. Ref. to the “pads” that a batsman wears.
7 QUAFF – qu,a,ff – Qu. is also recorded in the dictionary as an abbr. of ‘question’ though Q is more familiar and used invariably.
16 DALLIANCE – d,alliance
17 AMPERAGE – a,MP,erage (anag. of ‘agree’)
19 LESION – anag. of ‘lose in’ – Nice surface reading.
20 TRAINEE – t(rain)ee
21 not solved – The clue is: One shipwrecked, being off course (6)
23 CHEER – that this word also means ‘food’ I learnt today on looking up Chambers. But I also remember this was mentioned somewhere before.