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Guardian 24,425 (Shed)

Posted by diagacht on June 26th, 2008

diagacht.

Apologies for a rather brief blog today.

Across
1 DEVILS ADVOCATE: DEVIATE around anagram of CALVADOS (without an ‘A’)
9 UKRAINIAN: UK RAIN + IAN
10 PROMO: PRO + MO
13 DIASTOLE: AID (reversed) + STOLE (liturgical garment)
14 CAVEAT: AVE in CAT
19,12 CABERNET SAUVIGNON: anagram of SOT CRAVING BEAUNE + N (drop of Niersteiner)
22 UPPERMOST: PERM in anagram of POUTS
25 CALVE: L in CAVE
26 BASTINADO: T (turnip top) in BASIN + ADO
27 O TEMPORA O MORES: anagram of ROOM ROOM (double room) A STEEP. A quotation from Cicero’s First Speech against Catiline. It means ‘Oh what a time! Oh what customs!’
Down
1 DOUBLE DECLUTCH: DOUBLE DUTCH around CE (backwards) + L
2 VERBENA: VERA around BEN
3 LEICESTER: ICE in LESTER
4 ACID SALT: anagram of CAST LAID
6 CAPRI: half CAPRIcious
8 GOING TO THE DOGS: &Lit
15 AVERROISM: AVER + IS in ROM. Reference is to the 12C philosopher Ibn Rushd
16 FANTASIA: U in CAPLET. Reference to Romeo and Juliet
18 CAPULET: A DIG in PARM(a) (Italian city lacking a)
20 NOT FAIR: IR (one river) + AFTON (Scottish river) all reversed
21 BOOBOO: BOO BOO (repeatedly voice disapproval)
24 RHEUM: HE (explosives) in RUM

9 Responses to “Guardian 24,425 (Shed)”

  1. conradcork says:

    27 across. And there was I thinking it was the Latin for ‘O Times, O Daily Mirror’. :-)

    explanation for 18 down is at 16 down. Explanation at 18 down doesn’t seem to be in this puzzle.

  2. Octofem says:

    Surely 18 down is U in CAPLET.? Not sure where the ‘paradigm’ came from. Another puzzle?

  3. Shirley says:

    16D Fan finds T(ime) in Asia. Probably the easiest of the clues today!

  4. Mort says:

    17A C ICER O
    24A RETI(R)E
    5D VENU O S
    7D TROUNCE (anag counter – very clever!)

  5. Mort says:

    11A liege? LIE is fine but EG for European?

  6. Mort says:

    Apologies – 5D is VEN O US, of course.

  7. Andrew says:

    Mort – 11ac is EG (= “say”) in LIE, and “European” is part of the definition.

  8. Dave Ellison says:

    16d was the last I got, Shirley! Maybe because I mispelt 27 as TEMPORE

  9. Richard Thayer says:

    Not a difficult puzzle but very enjoyable. Ukrainian was particularly neat.

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