Posted by nmsindy on April 3rd, 2009
Standing in for the normal blogger and would be delighted to receive explanations on what I’ve missed. It was a very challenging and enjoyable puzzle, with some cracking, devious, clues.
Very tough indeed and, though I’ve the grid full not sure I’m right. Time spent at it 2 hours, 20 mins, most of which was during a 4-hour spell in an airport. The theme of the puzzle comes from the central entry – itself with a very hard clue – GET THE PICTURE. I thought, till very near the end, that this might refer to films, but it’s paintings, I think.
In four cases, two answers are combined, ph0netically or as homophones to give the names of paintings – I think I have two HAY WAIN (HAYE WAYNE) and GUERNICA (GUR NICKER) but do not know the others – any help gratefully received. These which could be in either order, I think, look as if they are (VINE? JENNER and TIGHT ALNWICK)
I’ve concentrated on what I thought were the harder clues – if anyone’s a query on the others, please ask.
* = anagram < = reversed
7 DRAMATISE (star made I)*
9 HANOI Brilliant hidden reversal
10 FRE(DDI)E (Flintoff) Fiendishly difficult, I thought (did)* with cricket surface, Broad is a cricketer.
11 A L (NW) ICK
12 SEPIA (praise)* less r Brilliant surface hinting at the PM, I guess
14 AGAIN Niaga(RA) falls all reversed!
17 GET THE PICTURE Gett(y) (price he ut)* must occasionally = alternate letters
19 GUR rug< I think
20 EATEN “Eton” Brilliant def = knocked back
21 WAY (o)NE
22 O PALIN E Surface all refers to Sarah
24 BURGE(r) ON r = king This was my favourite clue
26 TIGHT (th git)< e = point
2 SANDCASTLE Brilliant cryptic definition
3 VI(N)E ? My biggestdoubt “Word of approval from Nancy from number entering contest”
5 UNSISTERL Y (in ruthless)* less h “why”
7 DEFUSE ? “Letter saves a lot of bother – cool” cool, maybe definition, wordplay not understood.
18 JE (NN) ER
19 G HOSTS by Ibsen Liked this a lot too
24 BOOK (of the Bible)
25 E XES (sex)<