Posted by Colin Blackburn on February 27th, 2009
Even more minimal blog as I’m on holiday. I’ve not commented on the clues but as usual Loda’s clues were very good, except 13 where there is either a mistake or I’m missing something.
The theme was a bit of a mishmash of two vaguely related ideas and I don’t think it was very strong. SIX OF THE BEST led to six great cricketers (but were the each specific record holders?) and six public (but the best?) schools from the extra words: Repton, Harrow, Eton, Lancing, Stowe, and Oundle. The title then hinted at corporal punishment, the theme word at 21 again suggesting the standard term for caning. 22 then suggested putting a book in one’s trousers to protect the rear from the effects of the cane. I think the “doubly so” is suggesting that Lee, part of Hadlee, is also a great cricketer but maybe there is more too it.
(XY Z)* anagram
vwXYZab hidden word
Initial letters in red, cricketers in blue, extra words in brackets.
|1||R||SAILFISH||SAIL F IS H||(rene)|
|7||E||NADA||NA DA||(effing) with -A-A I was trying to fit Lara to the clue.|
|13||T||REINDEERS||RE IN REED<||(trudging) I can’t see where the S comes from here. Clue is “Caribou, note, trudging in flipping grass”|
|21||SIX OF THE BEST||the theme.|
|22||TROUBOOKSERS||TROU[BOOK]SERS||how to protect oneself from a caning.|
|27||A||CANTOR||N in ACTOR*||(angry)|
|36||SOBERS||OBE for I n SIRS|
|1||T||SAINTS||dd||(terry) Southampton’s nickname is the Saints. The other definition is by example.|
|2||AFRIDI||A FR IDI|
|12||I||KNOW-HOW||(H NOW WOK)*||(indicating)|