Posted by nmsindy on October 2nd, 2008
Pleasing puzzle from this imaginative setter which I found on the easy side, but made one mistake – thank’s for explaining it below, Geoff.
* = anagram
1 SMELLING SALTS Tip-top double definition
10 LOONY Two phrases meaning this (No – it’s LOOPY which is very good)
11 AR (AU) C ARIA A Guardian setter who needs little introduction is named (pseudonym) after this (monkey puzzle) tree.
12 BELL IN I
13 SETTING Excellent double definition, raising a smile
14 LEG ATE
15 DI (SPROg) VE
18 ALTERING (triangle)*
19 BAD EGG Double defintion
21 MOO RAGE More good fun
22 O C (TAG) ON
24 N EAR THING North Pole earthing
25 C RATE An old decrepit car – very good clue c = speed of light
26 HAPPY FAMILIES (if he plays pa I’m)*
2 MOONLIGHT S ON A TA
3 L (AY S) ISTER (say)*
4 IRA (QI) S s (IQ) ari all reversed
5 GOATSKIN (asking to)*
6 A SCOT
7 TURN IN ONES GRAVE (Run into nerve gas)*
8 G(L)OB AL (W)ARMING w = world’s heading (first letter) gob = trap = mouth. I suspected this straightaway from the definition and enumeration. As it was in the leftmost column and intersected six across entries giving first letter, it made the rest of the puzzle much easier for me.
9 HANG S ENG IN(D)E X Another one I guessed from enumeration and definition before working it all out.
16 P (R) ACT I CAL (California)
17 UN BE (L I) EF
22 DO D GEM Dodgems at the fun fair, hence, ‘fair thing’
22 AC T UP