Posted by tilsit on May 23rd, 2008
Solving time: 22 minutes
The usual high-calibre fare we have come to expect from Phi. Lots of clever clues and a smattering of new words. I was interested to see 3 down in Chambers, as I assumed it was one of those dreadful phrases imported from across the Big Pond.
Solving music: A collection of Eurovision Song Contest songs of the past. Enough said.
ACROSS (*) = ANAGRAM (R) = REVERSAL (CD) = CRYPTIC DEF.
1. SYLLABUB BALLY inside BUS (R) Syllabub seems to be having a renaissance on restaurant menus. What happened to good old blancmange?
6 THRACE TH(E)RACE Thrace designates a region spread over southern Bulgaria (Northern Thrace), northeastern Greece (Western Thrace), and European Turkey. In ancient times, Thrace stretched from the Danube to the Aegean, bounded on the east by the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, and on the west by the mountains east of the Vardar (Greek Axios) River.
9 WAGNER ENG (R) inside WAR
10 STRIKING Double def, one cryptic. The strikers of a soccer team are the forwards.
11 STAY ST(R)AY
12 QUEENCRAFT FREQUENT AC(T) *
13 JACK THE RIPPER JACK (TAR) = sailor HE inside TRIPPER
15 INTENSIVE CARE ANN RECEIVES IT* Nice “& LIT” clue
19 THORNINESS T (Tenor) + HORNINESS
21 ONYX ON + Y + X
23 BUDDLEIA BUDD(Y) + I in LEA
24 WEIGHT WE (F)IGHT
25 SEVENS EVEN inside SS
26 DARTMOOR ROOM TRAD (R)
2 YEAST YEA + ST
3 SAND YACHT SANDY + ACHT I tend to think of Sandy as a man’s name (colloq of Andrew) rather than a girl’s name/
4 BAR-B-Q Q after BARB
5 BESIEGE E.G. (SAY) replacing D in BESIDE (next)
6 TYRANNISE IN A SENTRY *
7 ROKER RO(C)KER Roker is a seafront district of Sunderland. http://www.bbc.co.uk/wear/360/roker.shtml for a view of this lovely place.
8 CONIFERAE ON FIRE A* inside CE CONIFERAE – the genus of pines, etc.
13 JAILHOUSE J + AIL + H.O. + USE Friday Fasicnating fact. Elvis Presley refused to watch the film Jailhouse Rock as his co-star Judy Tyler was killed in a car crash just after completion of filming.
14 TINNINESS N inside TININESS
15 PLATONISM PLAIN MOST*
17 IRELAND IRE on LAND John Ireland is a Chamber Music composer.
19 RIDGE (B)RIDGE
20 SEWER W inside SEER
22 YAHOO HAY (R) + O +O
Thanks to Phi for a clever and entertaining puzzle.