Posted by nmsindy on December 19th, 2008
A puzzle with a seasonal theme. I’d not heard the quote before so it took me quite a while to tease it all out esp as, understandably, fitting the quote in meant more unfamiliar words had to be used. Solving time, 39 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 BRID(g)E I should have got this much more quickly than I did – I found this the toughest quadrant.
4 DISHWATER (Tried wash)*
10 S C (RAP) HEAP
11 E (TUD) E (duty less y)< A musical piece set as a study for practice of which I’ve memories, not entirely happy, from learning piano a long time ago.
12 TREADLE (altered)*
15 TRANSIT n in (‘Tis art)<
17 RI (D D) LED
20 AN G(o)RY
22 STEERSMAN (n rat seems)* definition = cox
24 E (VANGELI) C (leaving)* in CE<
1 BA (BY – S) IT
2 IN FO R(a)CE
3 EU RI (PI) DES
4 DEC RE (ME) NT
5 STRIP Brilliant double definition – clue of the puzzle for me
6 WA (S) TE(r) I think this is ‘s (abbrev for is) that you see more in ‘advanced’ puzzles.
7 TEMPURA (rum paté)*
8 Bertrand RUSSELL “Rustle”
13 WORK ETHIC (white rock)*
14 EN (DORP H) IN (ni (h prod) ne)<
15/25/9/13a/23 ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS WHEN ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE After I got the C in Christmas, I guessed that must be it and it helped me with crossing words. The clue itself is explained, I think, by the next line (thanks Google) “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”
16 A (LGE) RIA (leg)*
18 LIM(e) BURG grub<
19 DENS E(S)T et = and in French
21 YOU N G
22 S (A) HEL I think this is a in shel(f)