Posted by The Trafites on July 12th, 2009
Thanks to Andrew Kitching for the alert re the publishing error on this week’s Observer crossword web page; we never looked at the incorrect pdf file, so therefore solved this cold from the newspaper. Whether this week’s offering will still be a valid prize crossword, we do not know.
Again, another fairly easy jog, but the puzzle does seem to be getting a tad more difficult over the last two weeks.
Legend to solution comments:
* = anagram.
< = word reversed.
|1.||MARIA||M + ARIA|
|4.||TWO SEATER||(ROW ESTATE)*|
|9.||PENAL SETTLEMENT||((SETTLE [order] + MEN [soldiers]
after [to board, i.e. getting on] (PLANE)*) + T (heading for terrible)
This is a bit contrived, we think – hard to work out the word play.
|10.||IMPRUDENCE||R in IMPUDENCE|
|11.||SWAN||S + WAN|
|13.||TORRENT||OR in TRENT – river|
|15.||LINING||Hidden: popLIN IN Gaberdine|
|17.||COLOUR||CO + L + OUR|
|18.||LAST OUT||L.A. + STOUT|
|20.||APEX||APE + X|
|21.||EFFUSIVELY||FF + US + IVE in ELY|
|24.||FRENCH ONION SOUP||(PHONE COUSIN FOR)* around N|
|25.||AUTOMATON||AUTO = car + MAN around TO|
|26.||DWELT||LEWD< + T|
|2.||RUN UP||ladder = RUN (as in stockings) + UP (ahead)|
|3, 4.||ALL QUIET ON THE
|cryptic def. i.e. no cowboy films being made|
|5.||OPTICAL ILLUSION||cryptic def.|
|6.||EDEN||E + (END)*|
|7.||TAE KWON DO||(DAN WE TOOK)*|
|8.||RETINA||RE + TINA re = musical note (see re² in Chambers)|
|12.||UNASSIGNED||UNAS + SIGN + ED|
|16.||STAYS PUT||TAY in SS + PUT – river tay, put = express as in say|
|19.||RAFFIA||RAF + (I in FA)|
|23.||SCAM||(C in SA) + M|