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Guardian 24,402 (Gordius)

Posted by diagacht on May 30th, 2008

diagacht.
Across
1 DECIDED: CID in DEED
5 DELIBES: DLIBErateS without rate. Refers to Leo Delibes the French romantic composer
10 NEWCASTLE: anagram of LEWES CANT
11 OFF WITH HIS HEAD: from Lewis Carroll’s Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Also much used by Shakespeare!
13 OARE: OAR + E
14 ALTARNUN: sounds like ‘alter none’
17 EYESIGHT: YES in EIGHT
18 RHEA: oveRHEAd without an anagram of ‘dove’
21 PERFECT EXAMPLE: PERFECT (grammatical tense) + EX + AMPLE (adequate)
23 TIGERWOOD: a kind of wood and the singular writing of the great golfer Tiger Woods
24 TENSE: anagram of SENT + E
25 YPSILON: I SPY (reversed) + half LONdon
26 SYCOSIS: sounds like psychosis
Down
1 DUDS: double definition
2 CASH FOR PEERAGES: CASH FOR PEE (toilet charge) + RAGES
3 DISOWN: IS (one’s) in DOWN
6 LOADSTAR: anagram of LAST ROAD
7 BETWEEN THE LINES: I think this is a double definition.
8 SHELDONIAN: anagram of IS ON HANDEL, for the Oxford theatre
12 HOMEOPATHY: HOME (in) + O (love) + PATH Y (unknown way)
15 DIHEDRAL: anagram of DR HAILED. I have no idea what the aerodynamic feature is. I know the word within the context of mathematics, referring to that bounded by two planes (not aeroplanes!)
16 SHUT DOWN: SH + UT + DOWN
19 EXODUS: Not confident of this one. EX (once) OD (in the red, as in overdrawn) + US (those on the Guardian team?)
20 EMETIC: reverse CITE ME (as in the setter)
22 TEAS: TEASe without the ‘e’, to chaff

8 Responses to “Guardian 24,402 (Gordius)”

  1. Eileen says:

    19dn: no problem – ‘Guardian’ is usually ‘we’ or ‘us’ in [Guardian!] crosswords.

    Thanks for 16dn: I knew it must be SHUT DOWN but had never heard of ‘ut’!

  2. Shirley says:

    15D the aerodynamics referred to are apparently the angle at which a planes wings move from the horizontal. I had to look it up!
    16D UT is the French for the note we know as C.
    14A Altarnun is probably best known to non Cornish people as the provenance of the dastardly vicar in Daphne du Maurier’s novel Jamaica Inn.
    Hope this helps

  3. Eileen says:

    And Oare is where Lorna Doone was shot.

    Thanks – I did look up ‘ut’ once Diagacht had confirmed it was a word – hadn’t bothered before because it looks so unlikely!

  4. Gail says:

    Pretty straightforward, apart from 14a which I had to look up and 15d which I’d never have got in a month of Sundays without Googling.
    I also had to make sure there was a wood called ‘Tigerwood’but the clue was well-formed and it could not have been anything else.

    I remember ‘Ut’ being on the old programme Call my Bluff years ago when I was a kid, so that was no problem.

  5. Dave Ellison says:

    15d I got this more or less straight away. Those of us who built balsa wood and lacquered-paper aeroplanes in our youths would remember this. Anhedral (sloping down) and dihedral, the other way. You see anhedral tips to the main wings on many jet liners these days.

    Oare: John Rigg, yeoman and church warden thereof, told a simple tale simply: Lorna Doone

  6. Dave Ellison says:

    John Ridd I really meant

  7. muck says:

    The weekday Guardian cryptics do seem to be getting more erudite –

    I guessed 13ac (OARE) and 14ac (wrongly as ALTARNON) but couldn’t be bothered to check them in Google/Wiki from my dialup connection. 26ac (SYCOSIS) is in Chambers, but…

  8. Bogeyman says:

    I agree that the weekday Guardians are becoming more erudite and arcane, though hasn’t Friday traditionally been a bit tougher than the other weekdays?

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