Posted by nmsindy on April 30th, 2009
Hard as Nimrod usually is, solving time, 58 mins. Very hard to break into, but seeing 1 down was a breakthrough helping with the LHS of the grid.
Never systematically counted but Nimrod’s puzzles may have more anagrams than most but can be very well concealed.
* = anagram < = reversed
8 KNUCKLE SANDWICH (lunch kicks and we)* The surface was very cleverly misleading and I’d pencilled in ‘chicken’ as a possibility from the letters in what looked like anagram fodder. The definition is simply ‘punch’.
Chickens were to crop up elsewhere tho…
9 THROW-IN TH(e) ROWIN(g)
10 TH (INK) ER(e) Melancholy poem by John Milton
11 H AGAR Glad the wordplay was easy here so I thought it might be this. Post-puzzle Googling reveals a comic character Hagar the Horrible so it’s nothing to do with the OT character mentioned in Collins.
12 CE (NTIPE) DE (inept)* in CEDE = give
13 NI(TRAT)E tart in ein (all <)
15 EM ERSED des re(s) me (all <)
16 AM (MON IT) ES Not gone back to check that old cricketer Ames who I remembered from previous puzzles, but think he’s from quite a while back
17 THE IC(e)
18 INTEGER (genre it)*
19 SHUTEYE (yet he us)*
20 ELECTRODYNAMICS Cryptic definition using ‘current’
1 SURROGATE MOTHER (gets the armour or)*
2 SKEWER Double definition
3 JEAN(s) strides = trousers (originally from Oz, I think)
4 EAST ENDERS (seat)* For non-UK readers, this is a BBC TV soap
5 ADD (IT) IV E (David)* and E number
6 SICKNESS BENEFIT Cryptic definition
7 CH (ARLES D) ICKENS (LSD are)*
8 KITCHEN CABINET Guessed this from definition – it’s linked to previous clue (bitten a chicken)*
12 CHESTERTON (to trenches)*
14 A (BNE) GATE (ben)* agate = stone
17 TOU CAN “Two”
19 SOYA (Say o)*