Posted by neildubya on July 25th, 2008
Spot the Nina time: the top and bottom rows of unchecked letters have SHOPPING PRECINCT. Inside the grid, there’s MARKS and SPENCER, along with BOOTS and BORDERS (although I guess one or both of those two could have been happy accidents). Has anyone spotted any more shops?
A very enjoyable puzzle but I still don’t really understand 2.
|9||LOADS,TONE – another spelling of “lodestone”.|
|11||N(LIFT I)*Y – NIFTILY.|
|13||BO(O)TS – a “bot” is a type of malware (others are viruses and trojans) which allows a remote attacker to control a host machine.|
|14||H(ANY IDEA)*E – HYAENIDAE, another way of saying “hyenas”. I’d never heard of this before and it was the last one to go in so I had all the checking letters in place.|
|22||SPENCER – a close-fitting jacket and one of Winston’s middle names (the other was Leonard).|
|23||[-c]HANDLER – I think this is a very contemporary meaning of the word as it’s not in Chambers Online or the COED. However, “PR Account Handler” does seem to be a fairly common job title – try Googling “pr handler”.|
|2||HALF-HOUR – not really sure I understand this one: “30 minutes in house or old city”. “30 minutes” is the definition, and “old city” is UR but where does “house” come into it?|
|3||[-c]OSSIES – which I guess must be another spelling of “aussies”.|
|5||P(BEAR)*AINED – PEA-BRAINED.|
|6||IN,F(RING)E – FE is the chemical symbol for iron.|
|14||(RICH MY DOPE)* – HYPODERMIC.|
|15||(SEES TREATY)* – EASY STREET.|
|20||SKEWER – this looks like a not-very-cryptic definition, unless I’m missing something subtle (always a possibility).|