Posted by nmsindy on September 25th, 2008
Extremely difficult and I failed with it, guessing two answers at the end which turned out to be wrong. There are a few others I do not understand either. As a late stand-in, please forgive a less fully-considered blog, and happy to have those I missed explained.
* = anagram < = reversed
1/8 COMMISSIONED OFFICER (if decision comes from)* I tend to look for long anagrams esp at perimeter in Nimrod puzzles and this one came quickly enough.
9 ONESELF e in on shelf less h
11 BUR(ME)SE (rebus)*
12 RHO N CHI
13 YET IS
14 IN PASSING “Across the board, Englishmen make progress thus from the French” Thought it might be the English translation of “en passant” used in chess i.e. board, but understand no more.
16 UNDERSEA L
19 PEE EM One of those I got wrong – it seems to be PM (afternoon) spelled out but I cannot understand the rest “Top man’s premium following Death in the Afternoon?”
Maybe the top man is the PM
21 FELT TIP Cos it writes in bold, I guess
25 CURLING “Revolutionary activity in which one may aim stones at house” Not understood, I guessed ‘curving’
24 TIMBALE (Blame it)*
25/26 CHINESE WATER TORTURE (Were that intercourse)* Fairly clear it was an anagram from early on, but took ages to work out.
1 C OFF RET First three letters of the two words C = 100
2 MOCKERS Double definition
3 ISRAELITE (realities)*
4 SPO (ns) OR NS = Nova Scotia
5 ONE ROUS(e)
6 ELENCHI Hidden
7 COWBOY OUTFIT Definition, botchers, I think, but don’t get the rest “Botchers R Us of which chaps would normally be a part?”
10 FRIDGE MAGNET Cryptic definition
15 POL (ICE C) AR
17 DIL EMMA lid<
18 RA T RACE ar<
19 PURLIEU ur (from phone texting) in lie up (cycling)
20 EV I L EY E ley = land Eve = first mate
22 PLEAT hidden