Posted by nmsindy on February 13th, 2009
I could not finish this, essentially because I’d never heard of the 39 letter phrase at the heart of the puzzle. However, as it bounces up on Google, I may be in a small minority in that. Quite a hard puzzle, with some excellent clues.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 D (EATH) RAYS (hate)* this took me longer to get than it should have.
6 K NO C K on< C = a little churlish (first letter) KK = Tyneside messiah initially – first letters of Kevin Keegan, ex-Newcastle United football manager who is known as that.
10/21/16/29/5 COME AND HAVE A GO IF YOU THINK YOU’RE HARD ENOUGH An anagram of all the letters in the clue up to and including ‘ready’
11 CO (UT) URIER E ut = as from Latin
12 DELI New “Delhi”
13 TEETH An excellent hidden
14 O BO E
15 MA(n)’S CARA
18 PU EBLO up< = finished (below)* less W = west Ham with false capital allowed by crossword convention indicates the anagram, I think.
20 Hansen’s DISEASE = leprosy (Ase side)*
22 THAI “tie” The only across clue I solved on first run through
23 FUNKY cf flunky i.e. servant doesn’t have liberal = l
25 DU FF My favourite clue
27 CA TALOGUER (to rule ag)* a and g = extremely annoying – first and last letters
30/3 WHO ATE ALL THE PIES (Toilet, whale shape)* While the puzzle is full of football references, I think this is the only one appearing in an answer. A football chant addressed at those of generous girth among the opposing team, management or supporters.
2 EMOTE cf remote
4 RE (C) IT tier<
7 NAIROBI Iberian< with o for e
8 C (ORPO) RATE (poor)* Great clue, with good misdirection suggesting (play in box)*
9 B US HIS MoSt Amusing
15 MO U TH(e) WASH Clever use of Estuary English to mislead
19 Great BR(IT)AIN
24 YARRA array<
26 FR ILL