Posted by nmsindy on June 13th, 2008
This puzzle appeared only on the paper’s website – the previous day’s Virgilius was reprinted in the paper.
I found it very hard, but got there in the end – solving time 70 mins. There’s quite a bit that I do not fully understand – if anyone can help I’d much appreciate it – it’s the first time I’ve done a puzzle from the site and I found a little difficult when it can’t be printed out.
So I’m writing this with only my answers in front of me, so forgive absence of clue numbers and some other usual features, but I hope it’s clear enough.
* = anagram < = reversal
MONTANA It’s a state but I do not understand the rest
OVERHIT V in anagram
THIRTYSOMETHING Again, I understand the definition, but not the rest
CLEAR Double definition
CORNFIELD Guess Constable must have painted one, but did not check (rifle)* con d make it up if a little loosely.
NO (THIN) G This was very good
TANK TOP cf tonk tap
SA LAD BOW L
ERUP T pure<
VAUGH AN WILLIAMS See the anagram for the last ten letters but do not understand the rest
RAISINS Not understood, apart from definition
EX (C) ITED
EMOTI (C) ON
INCIDENTAL MUSIC Cryptic definition
MASTERMIND C HAIR Theme of the puzzle linked with 6 down Hair is the musical, not too sure of the rest
TOM (MY) ROT Wordplay not fully understood
SEAT OF INTELLECT I eventually worked this out from the anagram, when I’d sufficient crossing letters. I Googled it then to see what it referred to but nothing much came up so I do not understand the reference in the clue
THAI RESTAURANTS Got this straightaway – anagram
ST AGED Liked this
GOODNESS Double definition I got early on
PUT ASIDE anagram of a dispute
S (EVER) N Sn = tin – this was clever, I thought
L (O) ITER How Americans spell litre