Posted by nmsindy on July 24th, 2008
This was a very clever themed puzzle, the theme of which became clear to me only at the very end. Solving time, 51 mins
* = anagram < = reversed
1 L EADERLESS S (released)*
6 ADZE As crossing letters appeared, it looked as if this was going to be the tool and I verified it using ‘reveal’. I don’t understand the rest (this may be because, while I’m aware of the TV comedy series, I’v never watched it.)
9 FLAVOUR ENHANCER (Channel Four rave)*
11 A (VENUE) S
12 PR I SING The first of the themed entries which, are a ‘leaderless insurrection’ i.e. a synonym with the first letter removed, uprising here with the resulting word being a real word.
13 CALLIGRAPHER (Archer lag lip)* Surface suggesting you-know-who
18 IN SURRE(y) CTION It< into con or noc< not sure how it works – maybe an abbrev for no overall control but a quick looks in dicts did not find it.
21 A CERB IC “Serb” The ‘ending’ takes the final two letters, if I’ve read it right.
23 EDITION Themed cf sedition (No 1 tide)<
24 HIS TORIOGRAP HER (got a prior)* Won’t get into the nounal anagram indicators issue.
25 WIND Favourite clue – bloggers with recent arrivals will have had no problem with it, I guess.
28 GRANT-AIDED (tragedian)* d (head of drama)
1 LA FRANCE (clean far)* (France in French) with the definite article used as they do e.g. L’Angleterre. This took me ages and I’d niggles with it. The hyphen in far-off was the first problem but, Eimi has said they’re not always strictly Ximenean. However, if it had been left out, I think the surface would have been still just fine. The second very minor niggle is the far-off as I can think of only one country nearer to the UK.
2 A (MAZE) DLY (lady)*
3 EVOLUTION Themed cf revolution (violent coup)* less CP
4 LARKS An excellent double definition – thought for ages it would start with a g = good
5 SANDPIPER How a cockney would say ‘sandpaper’ (abrasive), I think, but I really agonised with it before settling for I rather than A as the sixth letter which was not intersected by an across entry. ‘Reveal’ confirmed I was right.
7 DECEIT “de-seat”
8 EN (RAG) E losing the rag
9 TAX I
14 RAUNCHIER (hurricane)*
15 ENCHILADA (a deli chain)* less one (i)
16 FIN I SHED Definition = over
17 ENSNARED (N Red sea n)* uses abbrev n for navy as well as Northern, I think.
19 CASH EW (first letters)
20 RE A SON Thematic cf treason
21 B (L) OG I confirm that we are unpaid
23 ELGIN First letters (he of the Marbles)