Posted by nmsindy on June 9th, 2009
Re note below, thanks, Eimi, for confirming it is indeed nonsense and thats it’s a Indy début. I’ve a theory about that too, but after one failed flyer will confine myself to saying simply “bienvenue”.
I’ll take a total flyer at this, which I hope is not taken as an early sign of 1 across. Having finished the puzzle, which I found quite on the easy side (solving time, 20 mins), had a look at the grid and pseudonym, remembered a puzzle or two from the past. And then wondered if it was themed on martial arts (and in particular Bruce Lee) – a subject with which this blogger is very unfamiliar indeed. A Google or two reveals the DEMILE in the central column may have a Bruce Lee connection and the title could be a homophone for KATO (a Bruce Lee role apparently). So I’ll put my head above the parapet and suggest it might be setter Tees with a new name for the day to suit the theme, rather than an Indy debutant setter.
This may all be total nonsense and any enlightening info would be very much appreciated.
* = anagram
1 SENILE DEMENTIA (Aliens need time)*
10 ADULTERER (trade rule)*
11 TRAIT Hidden reversal.
12 Esoteric YE WAS H Nice change from those two trees you tend to see when this grid-friendly word is clued.
15 FR(O)G Federal Republic of Germany – that’s still the title in unified Germany now, but it tends to be used more, as signalled in the clue, for West Germany, when the country was divided (up to 1990).
18 OVERT A KING
20 CEDE “Seed”
22 DOES MY BUM LOOK BIG IN THIS Cryptic definition – seeing this early on was a big help.
23 A GAIN S T (first letters)
26 OBESE Ditto
27 GLISSANDO (sang O slid)*
28 ESTUARY ENGLISH (Erase unsightly)*
2 ET (in Paris and) hUrDlE i.e. ETUDE
3 IN-TRAY Hidden
4 (L) EAR TH (QUA K)E
5 EZRA Pound (author) – also Old Testament Book
6 EAT INTO (Note tai)*
7 T (EACH) ABLE
8 AUTOSUGGESTION Presenter of TV programme re motoring.
9 C APE OF GOOD HOPE ‘scaled down on its own’ means ‘make it singular, not plural’ , I think.
14 PLAN Jacques TATI ON
16 OV (ERE) XERT (Vortex)*
19 TEMP ERA
21 DA (MS) EL (deal)*
22 N (ONE) S Church office
25 E.G. GenteellY