Posted by tilsit on June 6th, 2008
I suppose the kindest thing I could say about this puzzle is that it probably provides a gentle introduction to daily cryptic crosswords for the novice. As a hard-bitten and long-in-the-tooth solver, I am afraid there was little in this to provide me with any enjoyment. Perhaps we have been spoilt by a particularly outstanding week, but solving this seemed a chore and reminded me of the Lavengro days in the Guardian.
Solving time: 10 mins (3 of those while I thought about 1 across)
ACROSS (*) = ACROSS (R) = REVERSAL (CD) = CRYPTIC DEF.
1 ESTANCIA INCAS ATE* A word from my O-Level Geography days.
5 GAMBIT G + AMBIT
9 SCORSESE S inside SCORES + E
10 SIENNA INSANE* Sienna is a shade of brown.
12 GRACE GR + ACE
13 ELABORATE BALE (R) + ORATE
14 CHITTERLINGS HITTER inside CLINGS Made me smile.
18 COUNTERPOINT COUNT + (H)ER + POINT I abhor clues that appear to have strayed either into a Cockney boozer or back to a Tommy Trinder film. See 4 down as well.
21 ICE SKATES SKATE inside ICES A skate is a member of the RAY family of fish.
23 ATOLL A + TOLL Can “in the form of” be used as part of this clue? Yes, as it makes the clue an “&lit”. Atolls are defined as being built on rings of coral.
24 ENAMEL NAME inside EL Castile is a province of Spain.
25 OLEASTER LEO TEARS*
26 TUMULT TUM + ULT Ult. is an abbreviation for Ultimo which means “in the last month”.
27 DEAD HEAT DEAD + H + EAT
1 ENSIGN E + N + SIGN E(ast) and N(orth) are opponents in Bridge.
2 TOO BAD OB inside TOAD
3 NISSEN HUT SUNSHINE* + T Nissen huts were extensively used in WW2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissen_hut
4 INSPECTORATE (H)ECTOR inside IN SPATE In Chambers “spate” is defined as “flow”
6 AMIGO Hidden answer
7 BANDANNA BAND + ANNA An Anna was an old indian coin.
8 TRAVERSE TR + AVERSE
11 MADEMOISELLE I’M A MODEL ELSE* Chambers defines Mademoiselle as “a French governess or teacher” whether that means a teacher of F or from F is open to suggestion.
15 LEND A HAND END A H inside LAND
16 ACCIDENT ID inside ACCENT
17 LUKEWARM LUKE + W + ARM Detachment is used in the military sense as in “a detachment of troops” as in “an arm of a main body”.
19 LOATHE O inside LATHE
20 CLARET CLARE + T http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/about/index.html
22 KNELL Homophone of NELL.