Posted by Eileen on September 24th, 2008
I think I’m fortunate to have been allocated a reasonable puzzle for my first blog – straightforward and fair without being too easy to be interesting. A couple of old crossword favourites, 12ac and 24dn, but no words I hadn’t met before. There were some ingenious anagrinds, too.
1 MATISSE: IS< in MASS [service] + E: Henri Matisse, artist [1869-1954]
5 CARPEL: R in [place]*
9 MARINADE: DAN< in MARIE: cow-pie eating Desperate Dan appeared in the first edition of the Dandy in 1937. [I’d always thought one marinated food in a marinade but I find that marinade is an alternative form of the verb.]
10 FAR-OFF: OR< in FAFF
12 APPREHENSION: An old favourite double definition
15 PARTICULAR: cryptic / double definition
17 ETA: ET [extremes of eloquent] + A: Greek letter E for Ephesians, which is rather neat.
19 OBI: initial letters of Osaka being inscrutable: an obi is a Japanese sash.
20 ARCHDEACON: [once had car]*
22 INCONSOLABLE: [nice balloons]*
26 IRISES: I + RISES [and no mention of girls or flags!]
27 IN CHARGE: [reaching]*
28 NODDED: NO + DD + ED
29 WOMBATS: WOM[an] + BATS
1 MAME: = “maim”. ‘Mame’ is a musical and film.
2 TARN: TAR [salt] + N [end of Mormon]: a tarn is a mountain lake, e.g. the lovely Tarn Hows in Cumbria.
3 SYNOPSIS: IS PONY [£25 in bookmaking] < in SS
4 ELDER: double definition
6 AVAUNT: archaic ‘Begone!: A + V + AUNT [short for auntie?]
7 PROVIDENCE: PRO + eVIDENCE: capital of Rhode Island
8 LA FONTAINE: [a final note]*: La Fontaine [1621-1695] a French poet who wrote fables, hence ‘fabulous’
11 THRASH: double definition
13 OPPOSITION: O.P + POSITION
14 BRAINCHILD: BRAIN + CHILD
16 UPROOT: [our top]*
18 SEALYHAM: EA[r]LY inside SHAM
21 ANNEXE: ANNE + X + E
23 AS NEW: A + S + N + E + W
24 ORCA: O + RCA
25 SEES: palindrome