Posted by nmsindy on January 28th, 2009
A mixture of some very easy and some very difficult clues, I found. Solving time, 24 mins
* = anagram < = reversed
1 C (cold) OAT (I) S oats = porridge
4 S TAMP A CT
9 T(W)ILL till = work
10 PERSONAGE (one’s pager)* ‘figure’ was nicely misleading
11 CONSTABLES i.e. police force and Constable’s – 16 down being PAINTER
12 Dame EDNA Everage, I guess – hidden ‘agreED NAme’ ‘should be shortened’
14 MODERNISATION (in room instead)* Something I use at times with anagrams worked here. When I’d some crossing letters, I wrote out all the letters in two lists, vowels and consonants, both in ABC order, and the answer came.
16 PICTURE PALACE As noted above, 16 down is PAINTER
19 (c)HA(I)R Definition: mop
20 RIVERDANCE (dire Cavern)* Show that came to prominence after featuring in the interval of a Eurovision contest in the 1990s
22 PUT(throw) SCHIST(rock) Throw is usually ‘putt’ but dicts confirm ‘put’ is also acceptable.
23 LE (G I)T G.I. = soldier
24 PORTRAYS “poor traits” indicated by “during talk”
25 R OUTER
1 CATACOMB Cryptic definition – I wondered for quite a while if there was a London Tube station named after a cemetery or something similar.
2 ALIGNED (dealing)* definition = in order
3 I’LL ITE(m) RACY Was first looking for an adj, but ‘showing’ is a link.
5 THREE-DAY EVENT (they entered a)* including v = victory. Enumeration and definition made this quite easy, I thought
6 MO ON This refers, I think, to the late Keith Moon the Who’s drummer from the 1960s and after
7 A BAD DON
8 THE (BA) N then = next
10 PUBLIC (U TIL) ITY u = centre of Truro (appearing in puzzle two days in a row) lit<
13 P (IRAN DELL) O
15 RE PEATER “peter” (safe)
16 PAINTER (a print e = minimum of effort)* &lit.
17 A T (N)IGHT tight = drunk (adj)
18 CHO(w) P UP