Posted by nmsindy on March 27th, 2009
Quite an easy puzzle from Phi, I thought, getting quite a bit from definitions, verifying wordplay later. Solving time, 15 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 TIME S H(E)ET
6 STUB Buts< Was doubtful at first as to which was the answer but a closer reading made it clear “Objections after (my emphasis) returning”
10 PAR (FORTH) E COURSE Got this straightaway from definition and enumeration. A river I’ll see this weekend.
11 STI(n)G MA
12 HE (LID E) CK Nice to work out a new word from the wordplay as I did here, once I’d the crossing letters.
14 LE M ((c) ON CUR) D Definition: spread
15 SET-TO Hidden reversal
16 TI (BE) T
18 I (GUANO) DON This came up recently in a Nimrod puzzle I think, when I misspelt it, so I’d no problems this time.
20 A NAPA EST (is in French) Foot from poetry
21 A (R) N OLD
24 GRANULATED SUGAR (Urged natural gas)*
25 CROW(d) Excellent surface
26 DYSPEPTIC D (Cit (PEP) y’s)< Personal Equity Plan
1 TAP A S
2 MAR (XIS) M six<
3 STORM IN A TEACUP (Opens traumatic)* Another I got straightaway from definition and enumeration.
4 ERTé Hidden
5 TRE (ME) ND OU’S Open University
7 TOR RENT
8 BREAK DOWN
9 ROBINS ON CRUSOE (course)*
13 MUSIC STAND Cryptic definition
14 LETHARGIC (The garlic)* Very good
17 BRAVA DO Brava = excellent (addressed to a female cf bravo) “Soprano’s excellent party, offering daring stuff” Not very familiar with operas or sopranos so not quite sure why.
19 DROUGHT hidden
22 D(I)RAC Physicist (racing) card<
23 MEWS Tricky – means the sound of cats and you might hear whinnies there (sounds of horses) i.e. in the stables so double definition.