Posted by C G Rishikesh on September 9th, 2008
I have been blogging here on FT crossword every Tuesday for the past six months. Usually, as my readers will know, I have been completing or very nearly completing the day’s grid. But this puzzle proved to be quite difficult. My confidence was almost shaken, for 30 minutes after I started I had only a handful of answers. Are the clues really hard? Or am I out of sorts? Let me put down the answers I have got and return to the grid. I am not sure if I will be back here, though! Perhaps Geoff and others will come to my rescue.
8 FORGIVE – f(org.)ive
9 PIEBALD – pie, bald
14 PEDANTRY – (darn type)*
21 PENALTY BOX – anag. of ‘Expat nobly’ – a term from ice hockey
23 MIRACLE – mi(rac<)le
24 BOX-KITE – b, ox (neat), kite (eagle)
26 SYNDIC – syn., dic. – For me, abbr. for dictionary is ‘dict.’ – syndic: (in ancient Greece) judge
1 CLOTH – c(lot)h.
5 ELIAN -I in ‘elan’ (anag. of ‘lane’)
6 ALBUMEN – album, en (being the first and last letters of ‘emotion’)
13 BANDOLIER – b, and, o(-i)lier
15 DESULTORY – desul (anag. of ‘led us’), Tory
17 OVERACT – (to carve)*
19 UNYOKED – U, nyoked (anag. of donkey)
22 OPTIC – ref. to the nerve that enables us to see. To understand “where spirits come from” I had to look up. Chambers in a second entry for Optic (regd.) has: a device attached to an inverted bottle for measuring alcoholic liquid dispensed
P. S. : With some answers entered in the Comments area by Eileen, I am continuing with the crossword. Please see Comments area for further solutions.