Posted by nmsindy on May 12th, 2009
There’s a Nina here which I refer to after the clue explanations. Solving time, 36 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 VIR(A)GO The clue wording at first suggested the other way around i.e that the answer would be a sign, but I think it’s permissible.
5 WI (SH BO) NE Nimrodian touch here, for sure.
9 L OUR Not prophetic re the paper, I hope
10 SPILL I (KIN)S
11 ADMIRATION Clue splits at I/wonder i(one) in (at random I)*
12 RAPT Hidden reversal
13 D RAT
14 LIGHT METER cf might litre
16 IDOLATROUS (louis d’or at)*
18 COL (mountain pass i.e. up) A
20 MYNA “miner” down under = underground, nothing to do with Oz
22 L (E.G. P) ULLING good play with ‘composing’
24 INTERTIDAL (inertia ltd)*
25 BRIO Hidden reversal
26 READIEST (steadier)*
27 TURN-ON in cryptic terms turn = reverse ‘on’ gives ‘no’
2 IN ORDER Double definition Brothers (religious)
3 AIR P (IS TO) L (April)* is to = will
4 OSSIA (Oasis)* A musical direction for alternative
5 WAITING FOR GODOT Samuel Beckett play (Don’t go to war if GI)*
Seeing this early on from the enumeration, letter count in the clue, and the definition ‘show’ helped me with this puzzle.
6 SPLE(h) NITIS (Sit-in elps)<
7 BAKER Alternate letters of Blackberry
8 NON (UP)LE (Lennon)* less one of its ns i.e. nameless
14 LITTLE TOE Excellent cryptic definition – counting on toes
15 EX C (A LIB) UR
17 DO (YEN) NE done = over
19 LENT (I G) O A freckle from a 1960s song where Jennifer E rhymes with freckles
21 A HEAD
23 UN (L) IT
NINA: WAITING FOR GODOT in the centre column, two characters from it, VLADIMIR and ESTRAGON in the outermost columns. When there were about 5 letters of each, I saw this, which helped me finish the puzzle.