Posted by Gaufrid on January 14th, 2009
A colourful puzzle with some delightful clues which were instrumental in providing a great deal of enjoyment.
I thought 8d was rather weak and spent a little time trying to determine an alternative answer but this was more than made up for by many others, particularly 10a, 28a, 6d and 20d.
1 RAVISH VI (half a dozen) in RASH (spots)
4 INDIGENT INDIG[o] *(TEN)
9 DROWSY SWORD (weapon) reversed Y[our]
10 GREENHAM GREEN (colour) HAM (meat) – Greenham Common, a home of the Cruise missile. A clever clue which initially had me looking for a London common used by some for ‘cruising’.
11 CLEVER C (number) LEVER (means of exerting pressure)
12 MUTATION *(AMOUNT IT)
14 ORCHIS OR (alternative) CH (church) IS (islands) – a genus of orchids
17 CONCORD CON (trick) CORD (rope)
21, 25 YELLOW SUN YELLOW (colour) SUN (tabloid) – ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, a novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which takes place during the Biafran War of the 1960s.
26 SPECTRUM SPEC (gamble) TRUM[pet] (instrument losing ‘pet’)
27 UNREAL *(NEURAL)
28 INITIATE IN IT I ATE (it was my dining room)
29 THRONG THRON[e] (monarchy) G (good)
30 ORANGERY ORANGE (colour) RY (line)
31 SPINET PIN (own number) in SET (group)
1 REDACTOR RED (colour) ACTOR (player)
2 VIOLENCE VIOLE[t] [o]NCE
3 SYSTEMIC *(MESS CITY)
5 NEREUS ERE (before) in NUS (national union of seamen) – in Greek mythology, a sea god who was the son of Pontus and Gaea and who lived in the depths of the sea with his wife Doris and their daughters the Nereids.
6 ICEMAN *(cinema) – ‘The Iceman Cometh’, a play written by American playwright Eugene O’Neill which premiered on Broadway in 1946. It was adapted as a film in 1973 so &lit.
7 ETHNIC N (name) in ETHIC (code)
8 TIMING MIN (little time) in TIG (child’s play)
12 MITCHUM ITCH (craving) in MUM (keeping silent) – Robert Mitchum, an actor
15, 13, 16 SOPHISTRY SOP (concession) HIS (man’s) TRY (attempt)
18 DEANSHIP *(HAS PINED)
19 BLUE MOON BLUE (colour) MOON (satellite)
20 TWILIGHT *(WIT) LIGHT (luminary) – ‘outwit’ for ‘twi’ is a nice touch
22 ESKIMO [on]E SKIM (type of milk) O[ne]
23 MEDINA EDIN (abbreviation for Edinburgh) in MA (mum)
24 STRING dd
25 SUITOR SUIT (product of cloth) OR (gold)