Posted by Ciaran McNulty on September 11th, 2008
The setter’s name doesn’t ring a bell, but I enjoyed the style.
Luckily I got 5D first and was fairly confident I could get most of the linked clues but was stuck for a while on 13A and had never heard of 9A or 22D.
* = anagram
() = insertion
“” = homophone
dd = double definition
1. KISMET. K + IS + MET
5. ROAD RACE. ROAD RAGE with G swapped for C. I’m not very happy with ‘note exchange’ as there are so many possibilities, and also wrote in ROAD RAGE as the answer initially.
9. ZINOVIEV. Z + I + NOV. (I.E.) V . Gregory Yevseevich (1883-1936), Soviet.
10. CASTRO. Fidel (b. 1926), Cuban.
11. ENVELOPMENTS. POSTMENEVEN*
13. BIKO. “BEAK” + O. Stephen Bantu (1946-1977), South African.
14. TINTACKS. TINT + CASK*
17. PLUG INTO. P(LUG)INTO. A pinto is a piebald horse.
18. MARX. “MARKS”. Karl Heinrich (1818-1883), German.
20. WHALE OF A TIME. WHEATMEALIFO*. ‘Substituted’ seems a bad choice of word.
23. AGENDA. AGE + DAN*.
24. IGLESIAS. G.I. rev + LASSIE*. I wonder if the setter means Julio or Enrique?
25. SPINNERS. dd
2. IRIS. I + SIR rev. I think I learnt that ‘flag’ was a type of plant from a previous Guardian puzzle.
3. MAO ZEDONG. MA(O)ZE + DONG. (1893-1976), Chinese. The only revolutionary to get his full name in the grid (unless 6D counts!).
4. THIEVE. HIT* + EVE
5. REVOLUTIONARIES. REVOLUTION + ARIES.
6. AL CAPONE. AL(CAP ON)E
7. ROSIE. ROS(I)É
8. CARETAKERS. CA(RETAKE)RS.
12. FILL THE GAP. PIGLETHALF*.
15. AIMLESSLY. YESMAILSL*.
16. INNOVATE. IN + NOV + AT + E.
19. TITLED. TIT+LED.
21. LENIN. NILE*+N. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924), Russian.
22. CADE. C(A.D.)E. Jack, leader of the Kent Rebellion in 1450.