Posted by nmsindy on September 18th, 2008
I think I recall previous Tees puzzles featured many references to Greek mythology and English literature. This was similar with an overall theme of horses. Difficult but extremely satisfying, solving time, 49 mins. I’d guess it took ages to set
* = anagram < = reversal
1 ORS IN O horse content = letters within it – Tees goes to the edge re clue practices. Character from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, hence ‘Illyrian’
4 PEG AS US From Greek mythology, a winged horse. Winning post refers to croquet.
9 PINEWOODS w in (Poseidon)* not sure if I’ve seen ‘used’ just by itself to indicate an anagram, but the answer was clear when light dawned.
10 AM USE recreate as in recreation, not re-creation
11 EVITA Peron Hidden reversal Spiritual leader of the nation (Argentina)
12 S (PACE) S HIP Spaceship Enterprise SS = bodyguard from Hitler but usually appears as plural bodyguards hip = with it
13 S (HACK L) E Vacant stable = first and last letters. Surface reading going with the theme.
15 EASTER cf e-aster! I liked this a lot
17 BOLT ON Got this only at the very end
19 FOURTHS (shut for)*
22 U (LAN BA TO) R (Alban)* to in Ur walls, I think, indicates containment though Ur (place) = Sumerian (adj) I’m not sure of, but maybe we take the leap – I did guess the answer early on from the Alban anagram
24 (Ac)HERON River from Greek mythology. Was not sure if ‘to’ was part of the subtractive indication or a link word – I think probably the latter.
26 FR ILL
27 COLER (ID) GE Id in (El Greco)* 19th century Romantic poet – I spent ages looking for a synonym of ‘romantic’
25 X AN THUS Horse from Greek mythology. Heroic of Indy to mention a rival paper in a week they upped their price by 25%.
29 RED RUM A real horse this time – three times Grand National winner. (murder)< a collective word for crows
1 ORPHEUS (horse up)* cleverly bringing horse in again
2 SUNNI Confirmed this (which I got from what seems to be the definition ‘adherent’) but do not understand it “News in itself unto Scipio’s adherent” S?N?I
3 NEW MARKET Racecourse
4 POST AGE Excellent age = day not in the 24-hour sense and a great definition
5 GR AVE
6 SOUTHWEST (Who test us)*
7 S (LEE) PY
8 MOUS (S) E
14 ADO RATION
16 STUDHORSE 29 across is RED RUM here rum indicates an anagram of ‘shouts red’ and the surface reading is relevant and amusing too. Only reservation is that I’d have thought of it as a two-word phrase and dicts seem to confirm this. However, this would maybe have given too much away.
18 NO TI (C) ES Freedom = no ties many = C (Roman numeral for 100)
19 FE RULE
20 SUNBEAM cf Bun seam
21 OUTFOX Fox hunt in village of Quorn
23 Sir Toby (A)BEL CH Another character from Twelfth Night
25 RIDER Double definition