Posted by Pete Maclean on September 18th, 2008
An uninspiring puzzle this week with a couple of fine clues and a few that I find questionable.
1. ROUND TABLE – double definition
6. MINI – [ad]MINI[ster]. I did not originally realize that the word was hidden in the clue rather than the answer. See comments below.
9. MAINSPRING – MAIN (master) + SPRING (early in the year). I first filled in HEADSPRING which fits the wordplay equally well and the definition better — but not the crossing words. Can “mainspring” mean fountainhead? I can find no dictionary to confirm that; its normal meaning is part of a watch.
10. CLAM – reverse hidden word. Okay, to clam up would be not to speak but I wonder if I am missing something here.
12. DRUNK AS A LORD – double definition
15. CATAMOUNT – CAT (whip) + A (a) + MOUNT (horse)
17. TUDOR – anagram of DR (doctor) and OUT
18. LEARN – LEAR (king) + N (name)
19. FORTNIGHT – FORT (castle) + NIGH (near) + [lu]T[on]
20. TIGHT AS AN OWL – double definition. I found this hard as I was unfamiliar with the expression and first figured it must be “drunk as an owl”.
24. RATE – double definition
25. BIRD STRIKE – BIRDS (as in “The Birds”) + TRIKE (three-wheeler). I think this is passable but surely purists must be bothered by the “The” getting lost.
26, 2: SINK UNIT – SIN (wrong) + U (turn) in KNIT (get together)
27. PRAYER BOOK – anagram of A YORKER PO B[owled]. I could do better than this.
1. RAMP – double definition
3. DISCRIMINATE – anagram of C (hundred) + I + ADMINISTER
4. AARON – A (one) + A (a) + RO[d] + N (new)
5. LANCASTER – CAST (thrown) in LANE (road) + R (royal)
7. ISLE OF DOGS – cryptic definition
8. IMMODERATE – IM (Cinephile’s) + ODER (river) in MATE (partner)
11. WASTING WATER – anagram of GIN in WAST WATER (lake). Wast Water is one of the lesser known stretches of water in the English Lake District.
13. SCULPTURES – P (piano) in CULTURE (appreciation) in SS (on board)
14. STRAIGHTEN – anagram of SHATTERING
16. UNFUSSIER – anagram of SURE IS FUN. A rare word but easy to guess and a nice clue for it.
21. NODDY – double definition
22. LINO – L (student) + IN (in) + O (love)
23. BEAK – double definition (“beak” can mean a judge, hence “on the bench”)