Posted by Eileen on November 7th, 2008
I’m sure there’s a witty title that could be given to this very ingenious and entertaining puzzle, with its themes of days and British pop but I found the puzzle itself challenging enough! There are a couple of clues that perhaps Andrew or someone else can help explain more fully.
[ ]* = anagram
< = reverse
9 OPPORTUNE: OP PO R TUNE [AIRE homophone of AIR]
10 OTAGO: hidden answer – quOTA GOod
12 RESTART: RES[TAR]T – rest as in snooker, I presume.
13 DUETS: TUESD[a y]*
14/16 WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES: [the mini-theme of the puzzle]: [A DANCE DEFY KARMA AS THE WIFE]*
19 SAMARITAN: SA MA RITA N[atorium]
21 FIGHT: TGIF< round H [first sign of hiccuping]
22 PONTOON: this is the first clue I need help with
23 BRITTEN [British composer [1913-1976]: BRIT[ish] – a subgenre of alternative rock, which emerged in the early 1990s, characterised by bands such as Oasis and Blur + TEN
24,20 BLACK MONDAY: [MOBY DICK ANAL]* minus I [symbol for current]: 19th October 1987, the day when stock markets around the world last crashed.
25 ULULATION: NO 1 TA LULU < : this has been one of my favourite onomatopoeic words since I first came across it in its Latin version used by Virgil to describe the sounds of the Trojan women when their city fell.
1 SOUTH DOWNS: SOUTH [DOWN] – like this clue – ‘S [bridge player - potential bidder] : the South Downs are a range of hills in South East England.
2 EPHEMERA: [another lovely word!]: EP HEM ERA: an excellent surface reading, I thought.
3 TRADES: hidden answer – exTRA DESk
4,11: RUBY TUESDAY: [BUY A RUSTY D[atsun] E[state]]*: Rolling Stones song from 1966
5 BE GREAT FUN: BEG [AFTER]* UN
6 GOSSAMER: [OGRESS + A + M]* [yet another favourite word]
7 DAMASK: D[istrict] A[ttorney] MASK: DAMASK is a fabric of silk or linen, usually, with a pattern woven into it, which takes its name from Damascus, where it originated
8 MOST: M[onday] [SO]* T[uesday] The surface reading made ‘to’ [and the question mark] essential, and so Puck is excused!
14 ACID TONGUE: [AGED COUNT + I]*
15 SWEETENING: this is the other one I need help with.
17 AIRLOCKS: [h]AIR LOCKS
18 NIGHT AIR: dd
21 FRIDAY: T[hank] G[od] / G[oodness] I[t's] F[riday]: [FAIR D[a]Y]* – ‘vacation’ means DRY is ‘empty’ – very neat.
22 PUBE: PUB E
23,20 BLUE MONDAY: [BUY ME AN OLD]*-‘fashioned’ makes a great anagram indicator: BLUE MONDAY – a song released by the British band New Order in 1983