Posted by neildubya on August 12th, 2008
If you solved the online puzzle today then this post is going to be of no use to you because, as it says in a note under the printed version of the puzzle: “For technical reasons a different puzzle is online today”. I have no idea what those technical reasons are but the printed grid does have the word OF printed in central square (see the explanation for 15/4 below) and maybe it wasn’t possible to do that in the online version.
If anyone solved the online puzzle and wants to write a post about it, leave a comment to stake your claim. If you’re a regular blogger then go ahead and post as normal; if you’re a commenter then please send it to [email protected] and I’ll post it for you. Please don’t forget to leave a comment though as this will prevent more than one of you writing about it.
The paper version has a theme of money and greed, as seen in the long answer at 15/4 and at 7,8,22,23,1 and 9. Quite tricky in places (I still don’t understand 10) but rock-solid as ever from Virgilius.
|8||FA(T)C(A)T – a short thank-you is TA, which I’m hoping my 16 month old son will start saying any day now!|
|10||ATHENS – fits the definition of “foreign capital” but I can’t see the wordplay: “Instructions for writing as given in…”|
|15/4||THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL – “Timothy” is a reference to Timothy 6:10 in the Bible. The grid in the paper had the OF already filled in in the central square of the puzzle.|
|1||FORTUNE-HUNTERS – I guess this must be a reference to unions of the marital kind.|
|2||(BRAVED)* – ADVERB|
|5||hidden reversed in “scAFFOld”|
|13||C,A,VAN – in physics, C is the symbol for the speed of light.|
|14||KOOKY – I was a bit unsure of this when I filled it it but I’ve just looked it and apparently it can be a noun as well as an adjective.|
|16||LEE,BOARD – a board lowered on the lee side of a vessel, you’ll be unsurprised to hear.|
|20||A,WRY – “Rye” is the whisky. Clever use of “squiffy” which, apart from the obvious meaning, can also mean AWRY.|
|21||BUT,T – great definition in “use your loaf aggressively”.|