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Guardian 24,465 / Paul – Do I Do

Posted by golgonooza on August 12th, 2008

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A few parties in this one, as well as the great Stevie Wonder who wrote the above song. Some penny-dropping moments for me in this one, maybe my brain’s not switched on properly today, or more likely there is some very cunning clueing from Paul.

Across

8 SUBTITLE  SUBT(IT)LE  – sex appeal can be ‘it’.

9 AVENUE  A VENUE

10 UKIP  U/KIP  the UK Independence Party

11 HOOTENANNY  HOOT/E/NANNY

14,21 MULTIPLE CHOICE  – MUL(TIP)L/ECHO/ICE – some really tricky wordplay here but I think this is it – think is ‘mull’ about clue is ‘tip’ ; hint is ‘echo’, ice is cold.

15 ONE-STAR  O(NEST)AR  nest is tree-house, a very clever clue

17 DONATES  DO/NATES   to gift something is to donate and a do is a party, so is ‘nates’ somehow behind?

20 SCENARIO  NORACEIS*

22,12 STEVIE WONDER  STE(VIEW)ONDER* anag of snorted+e (cocaine finally) around (claiming) to see or view. Again it took me a while to see the wordplay here.

23 FOREBODING  FO/RE(BOD)IN/G 

24 FETE  FE(T)E

25 ACTION  ACT(I)ON

26 TOASTING  TO/A/STING  made me laugh!

 

Down

1 DUCK DOWN  nice double/cryptic def.

2,22 STOP SIGNAL  PAINTSLOGS*

3 ETCHER  ET(C)HER – ether is a number because it numbs!

4 REFORMS  RE/FORMS

5 WATERLOO – another sort of double def which is also an &lit

6 DESALINATE – ALEINSTEAD* 

7 TUNNEL  T(UN)NEL  fast is lent upwards around un.

13 DISINHERIT  INSIDE/R/HIT* again the wordplay took me ages for this one – ground is the anag indicator.

16 AIRBORNE  A/ROBINR*/E

18 EXISTENT  EXI(STEN)T

19  SOCIETY  SO/C/IE/TY  the first clue I got and my favourite one of the puzzle. Society is ‘Thatcher’s myth’ because she famously said there was no such thing as society.

7 Responses to “Guardian 24,465 / Paul – Do I Do”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    17a “so is ‘nates’ somehow behind?”

    From Chambers: nates = the buttocks

  2. Pat says:

    Plenty of intricate wordplay.

    17ac. Yes, “nates” is a word for buttocks, from Latin

  3. Eileen says:

    Another great puzzle from Paul. Some superb clues! I particularly liked 8ac, 14ac, 6dn and 19dn. 24 ac was a very original clue for a word that often crops up.

    22, 12: is there something else here? I know that ‘claiming’ indicates an insertion but Stevie Wonder would ‘surprisingly claim to see’. I thought this was another great clue, in any case.

  4. muck says:

    Well, Stevie Wonder is blind!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevie_Wonder

  5. Eileen says:

    Exactly!

  6. muck says:

    I agree Eileen. 22,12 is a great clue.

  7. Stan says:

    Wouldn’t “Innervision” (Stevie Wonder album) have been a better way of clueing “…(view)…” ?

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