Posted by nmsindy on February 17th, 2009
I found this very hard, but got there in the end, solving time, 63 mins. There are a few that I do not fully understand, though.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 GOING CONCERN This was the easiest of the four perimeter entries.
8 H (ERB) ALS This was my last entry – central letters of Derby and simple = herb
9 HANDS UP Position of the hands in an analog watch at midnight
11 JUNIPER “Auditor’s catching Fagin with Oliver in a bush?” bush is definition, but wordplay not understood.
12 EQU (ATE) S Very tricky ate = bit for u in the “horse” play “Equus” with mean = average or the same
13 REEST Double definitions, both Scottish, so learned something new to-day.
14 PEP PERON I
18 IGUANA DON No! It’s IGUANODON see note below Quixote = IoS setter, Don Manley, well-known as author of Chambers Crossword Manual
iguana = “One dropping from a great height”, it seems, reference not understood
It’s I GUANO DON as explained by Richard Palmer below – many thanks to him.
19 C LING One of the very few I solved first time round.
21 ORC HARD
23 UNCOVER cf Undercover which contains red<
24 TIER (CE) L L = 50 in Roman numerals
25 BE (RR I.E) D Rolls Royce 11 = JUNIPER
26 CR EDIT CR ‘UNCH I think the CR here = cr = carriage return from typing of old which I think I remember seeing Nimrod use in the past.
1 GI (R ON) DE
2 IN A SPOT Definition “not well placed” but don’t understand the rest “The matter is often not well placed”
3 GAS(TROP)OD “Maybe slug Maradona, when left back’s infield” Definition “Maybe slug” the left back may be (port)< but do not see the rest, thought Diego might be in there somewhere, but, while some of the letters are in common, it’s not quite the same.
4 OCH (R) E Oche = Line in darts
5 CENSURE “Condemn being smoked?” condemn = censure but do not see the rest.
6 RIS OTT O Sir< Seamless join at duck/dish
7 THE JURY IS OUT I think the seamless join here is between One/Court, giving (they just our 1 = i)*.
This was the last of the perimeter entries I got.
10 PASSING TRADE A cryptic definition, I think.
15 PIN N (UM B) ER Pinner is in/near Harrow in London, I think. Strictly speaking, though it’s in common use, this is a tautological expression as number appears twice.
17 UNCLEAR Doubt – and I’d a great doubt whether it was nuclear or unclear before IGUANODON resolved it. Appropriate organisation = UN, I guess, turning heads = nu.
18 NUANCED (Nude can)*
19 COCHRAN Old enough to remember all that, this refers I think to Eddie Cochran’s hit “Three Steps to Heaven” i.e. ascendant. Don’t understand the rest apart from hr = hour “3-step ascendant officer has 60 minutes locked up?”
20 INVEIG H (give in)* last letter of British definition = rail
22 DELF T fled<