Posted by rightback on November 8th, 2008
Solving time: Gave up on 14dn after 20 mins, and wished I’d done so earlier!
Most of this I managed to rattle through, but then I got stuck for ages on the final few clues: the top right, 24ac, 21/22dn and finally 14dn which I couldn’t solve. There’s a theme which is neatly included here symmetrically in the second, fourth and sixth ‘main’ rows.
Please could someone assist with 6dn?
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|9||UPPER + CASE|
|10||VI(L,L)A – should have been much faster with this.|
|11/12||PEACE IN OUR TIME; PEA + (ON ICE)* + URTI[ca] + ME – ‘some nettles’ here means ‘most of the letters of a word for nettles’, a usage Araucaria often employs.|
|13||PIG + MY – I didn’t know this could be an adjective.|
|14||P(HEN + O + MEN)A|
|16||MUNICH AGREEMENT; (REACH E.G.)* in MUNIMENT – good job I knew the phrase because I’d never heard of a ‘muniment’, meaning a title deed.|
|19||YORKSHIRE; (SHIRK)* in YORE – I nearly rushed into ‘yardstick’ from the crossing letters here.|
|22,23,4||NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN; NEVILLE + CH AM + BERL(A)IN – had anyone reading this heard of the village of Neville? ‘PM’ and ‘German capital’ were as far as I got with this clue when solving.|
|24||VENUS (double definition) – my favourite clue of the puzzle.|
|25||EMPTINESS; (PINTS SEEM)* – another excellent clue.|
|1||RUMPY-PUMPY, from RUMMY PUPPY – slightly surreal surface, but probably worth it for the wordplay.|
|2||SPRAY GUN; (PRAY + G) in SUN|
|5||[buy one and] GET ONE FREE|
|6||OVER TON + E ? – I don’t understand this one, and may well have the wrong answer: I can’t really see a definition and don’t understand ‘worthy fellows’ or ‘say we shall’.|
|7,8||SLUICEGATE; (GUILT CEASE)* – very surprised to learn that this is all one word.|
|14||PRAXI(TELE)S – a Greek sculptor. I think I might have seen this name before, because something made me want to put an ‘X’ in fourth place, but I couldn’t bring it to mind or work it out from the wordplay (I’d never have come up with ‘praxis’).|
|15||ANTICHRIST; ANTIC + (SHIRT)* – Chambers doesn’t quite support ‘antic’ as an old word for ‘antique’ meaning ‘old’, but perhaps some other dictionary does.|
|17||CAST + LIST|
|18||ENNOBLED; (NONE)* + BLED|
|21||COATIS; (SCOTIA)* – I eventually saw the answer from the crossing letters but was baffled by the wordplay…|
|22||NOVA; rev. of AVON – …until I solved this one. Halifax is a place in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The word ‘following’ in this clue implies that ‘Scotia’ follows ‘Nova’.|
|23||CAPE (double definition)|