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Guardian 24,526 (Paul)

Posted by diagacht on October 22nd, 2008

diagacht.

Some great clues here. Very entertaining but not easy.

Across
1 CYBORG: CrY (losing R) + BORG (tennis player)
4,23 CANDLELIGHT: CAN + L (last letter of girL) in DELIGHT
9 TABU: TAB + U (universal – cinema rating)
10 GREY MATTER: &Lit
12 OLIVE OIL: is this simply a double definition?
13 ODOURLESS: anagram of EUROS SOLD
15 WING: N (first letter of nestle) in WIG (rug)
16,21 PLAY WITH FIRE: Prometheus is famous for giving the gift of fire to mankind (and for that trick with his liver!)
17 SURROGATE: (TAG OR) reversed in SURE
22 SALMON: M (mullet primarily, first letter) in SALON
24,2 PROMETHEUS BOUND: anagram of PONDEROUS THE BUM
25 GAPE: G (good) + APE
26 OODLES: pOODLES without the ‘p’
27 FACTOR: ACT in FOR (supporting)
Down
1 CHANTED: anagram of TEN in CHAD
3 RAG DOLL: anagram of DOG in RALL (rallentando, getting slower gradually)
5 ARMPIT: TIP M (male) RA (artist, Royal Academy)
6 DITHERING: ID (reversed) THE RING
7 EVENING: salmon chanted EVENING, a song from the Muppets (a play on Some Enchanted Evening)
8 LEMON SQUEEZER: LEMON + SQUEEZER
14 UNASHAMED: anagram of MEAN SADHU
16 PRIOR TO: R (right) + I (one) in PORT (left) + O (roundabout)
18 ROSS SEA: SS in ROSE + A, a bay in the Southern Ocean in Antarica
19 TROOPER: O in REPORT (reversed)
20 TIPTOE: PTO (please turn over) in TIE (as in FA cup draw)

13 Responses to “Guardian 24,526 (Paul)”

  1. conradcork says:

    12 is a tad more than a DD, hence ‘talk about’ in the clue. Popeye’s girl friend’s surname was Oyl.

  2. Andrew says:

    12ac – Popeye’s girlfriend is actually Olive OYL , hence the “Talk about”.

  3. Eileen says:

    Thank you, Diagacht, for the explanation of 7dn, which I couldn’t see.

    12ac: All I can add is that Popeye’s girlfriend was Olive OYL, hence ‘talk about’.

  4. Eileen says:

    Congrats, Conrad, on winning the typing race!

  5. Andrew says:

    Alternatively:

    Knock knock.
    Who’s there?
    Sam and Janet.
    Sam and Janet who?
    Sam and Janet evening…

  6. conradcork says:

    Thanks Eileen. It was a fluke. You are the guvnor.

  7. JimboNWUK says:

    Andrew beat me to the old knock knock joke which I must admit made me graff (groan/laff) when I got 7D…

    So what’s with the Prometheus Bound and Greek tragedy then? Obviously I managed to look op Prometheus cos of the fire thing but what’s the ‘bound’ bit? I usually like Paul because his stuff is contemporary and doesn’t usually need a “classical education” to solve (mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble). I’ll let him off for once for the laugh I got from 7D and the slight smirk from 10A.

  8. Frances says:

    Prometheus was “bound” to a rock as punishment for stealing fire from Zeus and giving it to mortals. An eagle then ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. Ugh – Sounds offal to me!

  9. Eileen says:

    ‘Prometheus bound’ is a Greek tragedy attributed to the dramatist, Aeschylus.

  10. muck says:

    Thanks, Eileen – I guessed ‘Prometheus Bound’ must be a Greek Tragedy but didn’t get confirmation from my Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. It did explain the Prometheus fable, and also the following, not strictly relevant…

    “Promethean. Capable of producing fire. A somewhat dangerous match invented in 1828 was known as a Promethean. It consisted of a small glass bulb containing sulphuric acid, the outside being coated with potassium chlorate, sugar, and gum surrounded by a paper wrapping… When the glass was bitten with the teeth the chlorate fired the paper.” Blimey!

  11. Eileen says:

    As you say, Muck, Blimey! Far safer to rub two sticks together!

    Thanks for the offal pun, Frances, ;-)

  12. Andrew says:

    Paul missed (?) a link in 11ac – the priestess mentioned there is a character in Prometheus Bound.

  13. Geoff says:

    Nice succinct blog, diagacht.

    Fun crossword, as always from Paul, but much more straightforward than usual (I thought) – quite a lot of obvious anagrams and none of the complex charade clues with brilliant misleading surface readings which he is so good at. I knew of PROMETHEUS BOUND, which did help…

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