Posted by Ciaran McNulty on July 1st, 2009
I’d like to dedicate this blog to the beginners who sometimes comment about their dismay at how easy us bloggers say certain puzzles are.
This one is, on paper, not too bad but I found it an uphill slog that took a fair chunk of the morning. As my dad likes to say, they’re only easy if you know the answers.
I’m still in the dark about 8dn.
1. EORICA. ERO(t)ICA.
6. IRONED. DI(ON)RE*. ’Case’ is redundant but probably allowable.
9. GEORGE. Double definition. St George is the ‘red cross hero’, and it’s apparently also an affectionate term for an Autopilot.
10. NEVADANS. N(EVA + DAN)S. N&S are a bridge ‘partnership’.
11. HERO. HER + O. Triple def. A Greek princess from the story of Hero and Leander, and a word for Idol.
12. MAELSTROMS. REALMSMOST*.
13. CLIMACTERIC. CL(1M + ACT)ERIC. One of those satisfying clues where you solve it from the wordplay/checked letters and then know etymologically that it must be right, even though you don’t know the word.
18. POSTULATES. POST + U(LATE)S.
21. SEND. S(outhern) E(ngland) + (norther)N (irelan)D.
22. PRACTISE. PR(ACT)ISE. Odd to see ‘act’ again after 13ac. Had trouble seeing the wordplay at first as I incorrectly thought PRACTICE.
24. VILLAS. V(ery) + ILL + AS.
25. SENTRY. S(econd) + ENTRY.
1. MOORFOWL. M(ale) + O(=duck) + OR + F(emale) + OWL. Apparently a type of grouse.
2. SCREAM. S(econd) + CREAM.
3. CREVASSE. C(LIMBERS) + EVE(ASS)R* &lit.
4. SNIDER. RE: DINS <<
5. ELEVEN. This took a while to click. The clues before and after are 4 and 7dn, 4+7=11.
7. DYNAMO. D(MANY<)O. I found ‘machine’ a bit of a vague def!
8. INNER CITIES?. No idea on the wordplay but must be right for ‘areas with social problems’.
14. MILLINER. The Miller is a character from Canterbury Tales (wherein a group of travellers all take turns to tell stories). Presumably a milliner is a ‘female shopkeeper’ because men don’t wear hats any more, rather than the milliner actually being female.
15. INSULATE. SEALUNIT* and semi-&lit. I took ages over this one too, after being convinced the solution would be a plural so end in -S.
16. BORROW. double def, George Henry Borrow (1803-1881). Never heard of him.
17. UNEASY. If something’s hard it’s Un-Easy.
19. TUCSON. NO.S + CUT<<
20. SOVIET. (al)SO VIET(nam).