Posted by nmsindy on July 18th, 2008
Nimrod has an individual style and I enjoyed working my way through this and finally getting there. Solving time, 51 mins. I found the definitions is what mainly led me there. There are a few where there may be subtleties in wordplay that I missed
* = anagram < = reversed
1/26 RUN AROUND LIKE A BLUE-ARSED FLY (UK Labour leader as unfriendly)* When I saw this 26-letter anagram at the start, I knew this was not going to be a quick solve. I eventually found the top row, and the bottom row came easily enough from the remaining letters. Not quite sure if there’s a link between the anagram fodder and the phrase. Labour red, Tory blue perhaps?
8 OFF-PISTE An excellent cryptic definition which was a big step on my way to solving the puzzle
9 Y ((h)E’S M) AN M = male nay< &lit This was very good too and one of the first I solved.
10/26 AERO/BICS Chocolate bar and biros
11/19 THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA spirit = phantom opera = works, not sure if there’s more to it. Book and musical
12 THE GOLDEN FLEECE Wrote this in straightaway – again cannot quite see full wordplay fleece = excessive charge, something precious = gold, maybe there’s more to it
17 CRIMINALISATION (on racialism in it)* A fairly obvious anagram and I got it when I’d sufficient crossing letters. Implied definition was a little vague, I was somehow surpised when that was the answer.
24 DES RES I thought of this from early on, because of the enumeration. I don’t understand it though, something to do with I = current leaving desires, perhaps
25 VERB O TEN This was very good It shows doing = verb O X (ten)
1 REF R ESHER Sandown Park near Esher
2 NA PO O I was looking for a reversal here at first, but the definition is ‘used up’
3 RESIT Another one I got from the definition – I don’t understand the wordplay
4 U(KEL) EL E lek< leu< e = euros Albanian and Romanian currency.
5 DAY SHIFTS (Sid fat shy)*
6 I BSE N I think n = no, but not quite sure
7 ERA TO The Muse (OT are)<
13 G (E) M e = electronic as in email, I think but don’t understand the rest
14 LANG OUSTE(d)
15 EF (for)T for = pro
16 CROTCHETY Double definition, my favourite clue, thought for a long time ‘cross’ was in there somewhere
18 LIE OVER
20 FR (T)ED A
21 HORAL A very clever hidden, with misleading ‘regularly’ suggesting alternate letters.
22 A GREE Don’t quite see this GREE might be a word for bore – I thought of ‘augur’ with an e = energy removed
23 BE OFF (F (FO) eb)< Short time = Feb for February