Posted by beermagnet on August 13th, 2008
There was a different crossword in the paper to that on-line – see blog for no. 6809 for details.
In a comment on that blog Eimi mentions that this is also a Virgilius puzzle, from before the Feb-2008 inception of the on-line offering, but I can’t find a posting here that fits it so here is one.
I didn’t get very far with this on first attempt and had to put it to one side when real life got in the way. So when I looked at this site to find out it had been a different puzzle in the paper, and it was gone midnight, I was forced to finish it off on my own.
I had taken a print so if anyone wants more clue reminders I have them.
There seem to be many Cryptic Defs. (CD) in this puzzle ranging from the very easy to head scratchers.
|7||COMEDIENNE DIE inside MEN inside (ONCE)*|
|9||EMUS hidden sciencE MUSeum|
|10||PANDA CAR (A PC AND A [drive]R)*|
|11||BROACH B ROACH|
|12||LIBYAN hidden tripoLI BY A Native|
|14||HIGH JUMP CD|
|15||HORIZONTAL BAR DD Reference to this being an across clue thus horizontal|
|18||STUDIOUS STUD I.O.U.S|
|20||GURKHA “High born” referring to Nepal’s Himalayan heights|
|22||FAIRLY DD Last one I got Full clue:
In accordance with justice? Quite! (6)
|23||UNSOLVED CD I think – what do others
When the answer to this clue’s discovered, it won’t be (8)
|25||MENU MEN U|
|26||EXHAUST FAN DD|
|1||IONA I ON A|
|2||HEYDAY Possibly – I’m not sure this is right, or how to describe the clue:
Say rhymes, like “Prime time”? (6)
|3||PINCE-NEZ CD but for me, the literal definition was clearer than the cryptic other meaning especially given the letter count:
Gripping spectacles (5-3)
|5||GENOA JIB (J[ack] A ONE)< inside GIB I had to look this up to check (not a sailor)|
|6||QUICK MARCH CD I liked this one:
Music for the army or the fleet? (5,5)
|8||NORTH AND SOUTH Novel by Mrs Gaskell. I suspect there may be a number of possibilities for this clue given the propensity for the book title style “something and something-opposite” e.g. War and Peace, Night and Day etc. (Can’t think of any other (5,3,5) though.) Full clue:
Novel partnership of opposites (5,3,5)
|13||IN HOT WATER DD I had begun to write in “In his bath” before I realised it didn’t fit and had to wait until I got a few significant crossing letters before the correct answer appeared:
Disgraced, like the assassinated Marat (2,3,5)
|16||RYDER CUP Not an equestrian event|
|17||AUGUSTUS AUGUST US|
|19||OXYGEN CD I liked this:
Symbolically it may be nothing, but it’s vital to life (6)
|21||RELATE R ELATE|
|24||EGAD Alternate letters in EnGlAnD|