Posted by nmsindy on April 1st, 2009
A very good puzzle for April Fool’s Day by Nimrod. Very tough, solving time, 66 mins. There’s a Nina which I refer to after the clue explanations.
* = anagram
6 PAUL Robbing Peter to pay Paul, as in proverb. Peter = safe. I liked this.
7 GET THE CHOP Double definition I got early on.
10 OR TH (OPTER) A (hat)* Cockroaches. Order a very brief definition, but fair
12 SE (A) TTLE There’s a University of Washington in Seattle, Google confirms
13 SORT OUT Double definition with excellent surface reading
14 NO-W IN I liked this, but trust it does not refer to Barack at this early stage of his presidency…
16 SON Empty tin = SN (symbol for tin) with O in it. I got this only near the end, but it seems so obvious when you see it.
18 I ON IC(e)
19 A (LSO) RAN Aran Islands off West coast of Ireland. London Symphony Orchestra (players)
21 I’LL WILL (leave i.e. bequeathe)
23 R(O)AD RUNNER Hard
24 DEMO Hidden
25 LARCENISTS (clean stirs)* rhyming slang tea leaves = thieves
26 STYE Hidden &lit
1 C (U POLe) A ca = about Tough
2 DEBRI (E F) S Definition: After the event, reports Very good
3 ETC HE’S
4 PEPPER MILLS (&Boon)
5 SHOEHORN My last entry (snore hho)* Water = H2O
6 POISSON D’AVRIL April fool – refers to theme poisson = fish (swimmer) in French
8 PRACTICAL JOKE (erotic lap Jack)* Also thematic for the day.
11 I TIN (ER) ARIES
15 WI (SEAC) RE (case)*
17 NOISETTE Double definition. Nutty/hybrid rose. I got this only when I’d all the crossing letters
20 N (UNCI)O
22 I D(E) ATE
Nina: As well as the thematic entries in the outermost columns. APRIL FOOLS DAY can be seen in the diagonal from the A of PAUL to the Y of STYE. I saw this only at the very end.