Posted by nmsindy on November 20th, 2008
This was tough as Nimrod usually is, but I got there in the end. There is a Nina (hidden message) which helped me from reasonably early on – I refer to it after the clue explanations. Solving time: 40 mins, one or two I do not fully understand but I verified the answers on the Indy site.
* = anagram < = reversal
7 BET A
9 INNER TUBE (from a bicycle)
10 UP WARD I thought this was very good, for a long time though there would be an S there.
11 ODD MEN TS (T-Shirts)
12 BRAT IS LAVA
14 I (RA) Q
16 B (AR C) ODE Very good definition “The black and white of sales”
17 B (I RD( FL) U fl = flourished BU (tough I’d say if you did not know French – past participle of the French verb ‘to drink’)
20 LEND(l) On a recent blog I queried ‘in debt’ = ‘bankrupt’ but most seemed happy. Here ‘lend’ seems to be’ borrow’ which to me has the reverse meaning but I may have missed this entirely “Borrow entails tennis player dropping first of lobs”
22 LICENTIATE (title Caine)*
23 ESP(O US)AL lapse<
25 CA (T E) NA Scene of miracle in New Testament, turning water into wine, so drink can’t be wholly bad.
26 REAR RANGE This was very good
27 LEEK I think it’s “leak”
1 B (AS) ALTIC
2 RIND Hidden
3 IN N (OW) AY
4 GRADUATION (to guardian)*
5 HUM ERI Ire<
6 TENT “Keep open medics’ wine” Tent is the wine but I don’t understand the rest.
8 EXPURGATE Cryptic definiton
13 S (ADDLE S) O RE
15 ALL AT ON (C) E
18 DA(IN T) ILY
19 SC (AL Gore) ENE A triangle of which all three sides are different lengths
21 DEODAR (or dead)*
24 SERB Hidden
25 CHE Z (from French – at the home of) Izzard is an old dialect form of the letter Z
Theme/NIna two phrases BRIGHT and BREEZY and BUBBLE and SQUEAK shown in the perimeter letters.