Posted by nmsindy on June 25th, 2009
Unusual puzzle. Got almost nothing on first run through. Then with three crossing letters saw what 8 was likely to be. After that made quite good progress, until getting badly stuck on 9. Finally cracked it tho, solving time, 38 mins, of which about 15 mins was looking for that last one.
* = anagram < = reversed
8 THE OLYMPIC GAMES 20 12 is of course the year they’re due in London. In this puzzle 20 is CAPITAL 12 is UNITED so I think what it’s saying is that the ‘capital i.e. London united’ over this twice – i.e. held two previous games, 1908 and 1948.
9 PI (RI P I RICH ICKE )N PIN = ID rip = copy to disk (without paying) I = one rich = full-toned “Messiah” = David ICKE
10 SE (G-MEN)T
12 U NIT ED “You” “Night” “DJ “Not ‘alf” A look after solving gave two suggestions in an area I’m not personally familiar with. ED is half of something, but for some reason it’s ‘alf – not half. Not sure if this is because of the London Olympics or because of this bit of the answer itself. The two suggestions are (1) a DJ called Eddy Temple-Morris or (2) an artist called DJ Eddy (Thanks for correction below – this is much less complicated than the above suggests “You” “Nite” D – half of DJ)
(Thanks for those in comments below who explained this. U NITE D Definition: One
U = “You” NITE = “Night” D = half of DJ)
13 S (PAN IS H OME LET) TE (set)* Peter Pan
18 ST ROLL On a roll
20 CAP IT AL(l) Wellington, capital of New Zealand
23 FREE ASSOCIATION Liked this, dividing at Freudian / Society between a definition and a cryptic definition
24 DIGITAL COMPUTER Ref counting on toes as in nursery rhyme toe = piggy
1 CHA (INS U) P (us in)* ‘tight’ indicates the anagram
2 GO RING
3 BY (LIN) E nil<
4 SPOILT FOR CHOICE (chief protocol is)* Hobson’s choice and Sophie’s Choice were the opposite – no choice in effect
5 I C (E H) O USE
6 WAR C RIME (emir craw)<
7 RED-EYE Double definition
13 MO I
14 NEOTERIC (erection)* I think I remember the late Ruth Crisp, who set the first Indy cryptic in 1986 as Marcy, complaining that a crossword editor, not the Indy I think, had returned a whole puzzle as that word, as a building, was in it.
15 SA LE (SM) AN
16 LEI (sure) 11 words to clue 3 letters and why not, for a change?
17 TAL (K O) VER (travel)*
19 T (URN) IP
21 PR (ISM)Y
22 TUT-TUT ref tutu