Posted by golgonooza on August 28th, 2008
Another great crossword from The Don. I find he pitches them just right for daily cryptics – this wasn’t really tough but did require switching on the rusty old brain cells for some very elegant clueing.
1 SCHEMA S+CHEM+A
4 CIRCULAR cryptic/double def.
9 OSCAR O+SCAR
10 ARCHITECT A+R(CH)ITE+CT this took me a while to work out the wordplay, writing down all the possible combinations until something popped up!
11 DINING CAR cryptic/double def.
12 SPAWN S+PAWN with ‘man’ being ‘pawn’
13 WAYS AND MEANS SWAYEDMAN*+ANS from Chambers: ” Committee of Ways and Means – the House of Commons sitting in the character of a committee to consider methods of raising money supplies”
17 STANDARD ROSE sounds like past improvement
20 REPRO REPRO(OF)
21 POINTLESS cryptic def.
23 PANTALOON PAN+TA(LOO)N who was a character in Italian comedy, a feeble old man
24 TRAIN to school is to train, and a train is also an alternative to a bus – I like this clue.
25 PULITZER UP(rev)+LIT+ZER(O)
26 THETIS THE+TIS the memoir is ‘Tis” from Frank McCourt, the rather disappointing follow-up to Angela’s Ashes
1 SHOWDOWN ie show the county, part of Ulster
2 HACKNEYS HACK+NEYS (knees)
3 MORAN MO+RAN Churchill’s doctor friend and confidant, which makes this an &lit!
5 INCARCERATION IN+CAR(C)E+RATION nicely misleading – the whole thing is porridge – slang for jail, under custody is ‘in care’ with fixed portion of food being ‘ration’ with a ‘c’ for cold in.
6 CRIMSONED CRIM(SON)E+D
7 LEEWAY L(WEErev)AY
8 RATING RA(TIN)G
10 ACCIDENT-PRONE cryptic def
14 ASTRONAUT UNTOASTAR* another &lit
15 FOREPART FOR(RAPErev)T
16 PEASANTS P(EA+S)ANTS
18 TRIP UP cryptic/double def.