Posted by nmsindy on May 28th, 2008
An excellent themed puzzle by Radian, timed, I expect, to coincide with Sebastian Faulks’ new James Bond book on the centenary of Ian Fleming’s birth, I think. I got the theme almost instantly with the Czech town, BRNO, 24 across, making me look at 19 down and seeing DR NO. Solving time, 21 mins, most completed in about 11 mins, with the last three or four taking a while to track down.
* = anagram
1 FLANDERS The muddy battlefield of World War I and the Flanders and Swann duo (had to verify the latter).
5/10 12 is BOND CA SIN O\R O YALE
9 AR M (b)AND S Marks and Spencer
12 BOND(I) Beach In Australia
13 WATER-SKIE R (wake tires)* R &lit
15 SEC RET S ER (VIC) E
18 LIV (Ullmann) E AND LET DIE (delineated)*
22 G (OLD F) INGER
24 BRNO B for D in DR NO
27 BI (R) DER Good - bide = wait
28 BAZOOKAS “Centurions knocked out by them in Jordan’s front line?” Understand they could knock out the the Centurion tanks, but don’t get the reference in the rest.
29 EDWARD Bond, playwright
30 ETON CRO P (coronet)*
1 F LAM (B) E
2 A M MAN Capital of Jordan and M is Bond’s boss
3 DRAX A X for NO in DR NO Character in 26/25
4 RED TAPE “Paperwork’s reduced with part-exchange” I don’t understand this, though the letters of ‘part’ are in there.
6 AT (O) MS Nothing in the cash machines
7 IT ALIC (IS) E Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland
8 ONE-ARMED Got this straightaway from ‘bandit’ and enumeration i.e. slot machines. Guess the rest refers to an event in one of the books/films but did not check it out.
11 Rudolf HESS Nazi leader who flew to Scotland in World War II
14 UCLA Hidden
15 SAVILE ROW (Oliver was)*
16 REDS Does not refer to clue 15 but to the number of red balls in snooker (frame). Also to ‘reds under the bed’ from the Cold War era in which Bond operated.
17 ELIGIBLE Hidden – she’s a character in the books, I think
19 DR NO R = ringleader in (b)OND (reversed)
20 ELEGANT Ga (Georgia) for me in element
21 G (OS SI) P ‘is so’ uppity i.e. reversed in a down clue contributing to a good surface
23 FREYR (ferry)* Norse god
26/25 MOONRAKER (Rank Moore)* Appropriate fodder as Roger Moore played Bond.