Posted by michod on June 17th, 2008
As an occasional sub now, I’ll try to remember the rules – bear with me. In keeping with my philosophy that daily puzzles should be doable without recourse to reference works, there are a few guesses that I haven’t verified, and one (24ac) that I just can’t get. Offers welcome.
5. CARPET. A guess, but if there is such a thing as a carpet shark, this is a perfectly good CD.
6. BORROW. An even wilder guess – is this a golfing term?
10. UNCHASTE. EACH NUT’S*. Unfortunately the anagrind is also the definition.
11. (w)ARCH(est). Nice hidden.
13. PRISON HOUSE. CD punning on ‘stir’ meaning prison – in the sense of time spent there, rather than the building, but it still works (is this derived from ‘porridge’?)
18. BACK STROKE. Not sure about the definition – ‘treatment in the water’ seems a bit loose.
21. LUSH. Double Def, but I think a lush is an alcoholic rather than a drink, so ‘drink is redundant here. Would ‘It’s green and alcoholic’ have been better?
22. CON SERVE. Con=vote against, husband as a verb.
23. AUSTER(e). A word I suspect I know only from thematic puzzles about winds.
24. S_E_A_, “One of life’s ups and downs”. Looks like a CD, but I can’t get it.
1. BREATHER. DD. Not sure what the surface is hinting at though – a gill of lush, perhaps?
2. GE MINI. Good simple clue, middle-aGEd giving GE.
4. CREASE. The third of my guesses. Looks like a CD, but though it’s literally true, I can’t see a cryptic reading.
7. WI THE R. It may not be logical, but I prefer ‘piece of’ to indicate one letter rather than two. Otherwise, why not say ‘two pieces of’? As I say, it’s not logical, and there’s no reason why ‘piece of’ should mean the first letter rather than one in the middle, but it’s a useful convention.
8. BUTTONHOLES. CD, matches meaning weddings.
14. SATURDAY. Sat being its abbreviation. I thought of satellite first, but that’s just silly.
15. SALESMEN. (NAMELESS*). Good one because it wasn’t obvious (to me, anyway). I started groping for a synonym for pedlars that could mean poor if you lost an N.
16. MAJORS. Guess number 4 – do you talk about major and minor suits in cards?
17. A SCENT. Plain but satisfying.
19. KIS(ME)T. Kist’s a fairly obscure word, but there aren’t that many synonyms for fate, and most people know this from the (apocryphal?) “Kiss me Hardy” (memorably clued by Nimrod/Enigmatist as “Pecking order”).
20. ELAPSE. ASLEEP*. I almost put ‘please’ as a synonym for ‘pass’ but AUSTER set me right.