Posted by nmsindy on August 21st, 2008
This was very tough indeed. I found the NW quadrant absolutely fiendish, but got there in the end. Solving time, 67 minutes. As in previous puzzles by Tees, this draws on very wide and sometimes unusual cultural references.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 Robert P(IRS)IG My last answer. IRS = Internal Revenue Service (US)
5 HYPE RION noir< Poem by Keats
9 P (EER GYN) T (energy)* in PT Play by Ibsen
10 T(W)ENT Y w = women y = close to boundary (last letter)
11 BUM PP O Character from the Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
12 PENTAGON Double definition
14 PRIORITISING (Origin spirit)*
17 EVANGELISTIC (gives a client)*
20 SISYPHUS From Greek mythology
22 EVA (Braun) DER (the in German)
23 Eugene O’NEILL one ill
25 AT HEISTS
26 PRESCOTT (protects)*
27 MANS(i)ON criminal family from 1960s in US.
2 I REFU(e)L last note spent = take away the last letter which is also one of the musical notes A to G, I think.
3 SCRAPE PENNY Little girl = abbreviated name. Archaic word so ‘once’.
4/13 GAY POLICE ASSOCIATION Cryptic definition
6 PUT IN
7 RYE Hidden, indicated by ‘sandwiches’ A gypsy gentleman
8 OUTPOINT (tit pun oo)* pair = two ducks i.e. no runs scored in either innings from cricket, I think
15/5D TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (at Portsmouth then)*
16 TV DINNER Pun on ‘set’
18 INSTANT Close to a straight definition
19 GEN (TO)O TO = telegraph office Geno Washington (musician)
21 (Ot)HELLO Liked this OT = overtime
24 IBS(en) unmeasured = take away en = measure (printing). It’s an abbreviation – Irritable bowel syndrome