Posted by nmsindy on March 19th, 2009
This was a marvellous crossword, many thanks, Mordred. Great clues all through, very difficult (solving time, 53 mins) but very satisfying to finish. There’s also quite a subtle Nina (hidden message not necessary for solving). I refer to this after the clue explanations.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 Michael ASP (HOD) EL
5 DASH ED
10 STROP (ports)<
11 EMIGRANTS (streaming)* &lit. A tip-top clue.
12 MAN FRIDAY (find Mary a)*
13 CHAIR First letters indicated by “primarily” ref ‘easy chair’
14 L I QUID Note this is linked to the previous clue giving the definition “really easy e.g. to convert”
15 PHLEGMY (help gym)*
18 (f)ETCHING Tricky
20 SQUAL(id) hoveL
22 G (b)IDDY
24 MAN (Island) HATT (that)* A (America) N (Eastern bank of Hudson i.e. last letter). And the whole clue gives the definition of the answer. Brilliant
25 OTOLOGIST Specialist in ears.
26 I RATE i.e. I tax, I guess
27 RE PUT (state vb, I think) E (final letter of finance)
28 MANTIS’S A Not sure if those under about 50 will know this. Dating from the days logarithms were used to aid calculation. Swept away by pocket calculators in about the 1970s.
1 AS SUME (Emus)<
2 PARANOIAC (ca I on a rap)< Five pieces and what a good surface reading!
3 OPPORTUNITY COST From economics
4 EM ENDED Me< ended = having been
6 AGRICULTURALIST (liturgical sutra)* anagram fodder not particularly linked to definition but ‘ growing’ certainly helped as letters from crossing words appeared.
7 HEN NA na = not in Scotland. hen = girl, not particularly Scottish maybe but the two can be read together, I guess
8 DES TROY S Nicely misleading as an anagram of Savoyard looked a possibility esp as crossing letters appeared. Des is really ‘of the’ in the plural rather than just ‘of’ though there is des (sorry about missing accent) meaning ‘from’
9 TIDY UP
16 GAL ATIANS (a saint)* Letter from New Testament
17 PEIGNOIR (In I grope)*
19 GAMBIT bit (piece) for end (last letter) of game
20 SINATRA (a strain)*
21 AN GEL A Refers to “Angela’s Ashes” Frank McCourt’s book, also a film
23 DR (O) OP
Nina: Going in the appropriate directions in second column from left and second column from right, taking in two letters from the respective third columns are STALACTITE and STALAGMITE.