Posted by nmsindy on December 11th, 2008
I enjoyed this puzzle a lot. Scorpion is one of the harder Indy setters and clues with great rigour, it was very enjoyable teasing it all out. Solving time, 43 mins. Great surface readings as well all through.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 L (I M (heading for more) A B salt = sailor) EAN
5 WELDED My final entry w for f i in fielded
9 RINGLETS n (latest in fashion) in (girl set)* ‘Once’ indicating it was a fashion in the past, rather than now, I guess. Incredibly well-crafted clue.
10 MOUS S E (Sumo)* and final letters
12 TIE U(P IN K)NOTS (Eton suit)*
15 LOE SS outside letters after alternate letters
16 MA (CE DO) NIA
18 TAR PAUL 1 N (art)* Verified after that Paul 1 was an eighth-century Pope
19 SPEKE (keeps)* Liverpool’s Speke Airport became John Lennon Airport
20 PRO FIT EROL ES (lore)< and outside letters of ‘excess’
24 I C (E) AGE Surface suggesting Micheal Parkinson parky = chilly
25 SAPPH(I)RE i in (perhaps)* I think what’s meant here is the i is the eye (central part) of ‘patient’. Quick look in dicts, it’s in Chambers, tho not in Collins, or COED, I think.
26 G ELAT I (I tale g)<
27 DECRE(e) PIT
1 LARK Double definition with seamless split at about/early. This was my favourite clue
2 MINT Double definition pot = mint (lots of money)
3 BALTI C S EA vacating = outer letters ea = each
4 AR (THUR) M ILLER American playwright, who wrote ‘The Crucible’ and much else. Once married to Marilyn Monroe
6 E-BOOK Easy from the enumeration. The part of the clue in italics is the full title of the book e = ecstasy
7 DISCO UNTER (under in German) This was very good suggesting lots of possibilities – only got it near the end.
8 DE (EP-S EAT) ED
11 DISCONSOLATE (Old canoeists)*
13 FL (Y-T) IPPING t = town given in COED (as Town in e.g. football teams)
14 NEE R-DO-W (EL) L idLE< in (world)*
17 DISTE (MP) ER commoner = MP (from House of Commons) in (dieters)*
21 INGOT Hidden with a very good misleading definition in the surface context
21 WI MP West Indies = Caribbean and first letters
23 MEET “Meat” – homophone indicated by ‘delivered’