Posted by nmsindy on July 24th, 2009
Excellent puzzle from Phi, solving time, 24 mins
* = anagram < = reversed
1 MA (GI) C AL(l)
5 SIDECAR (is)< (raced)<
9 DEAD TREE EDITION My penultimate answer – new phrase to me which means ‘hard copy’ ie using paper (made from trees) as distinct from in electronic form eg on the web. Also learned that Dendrology means study of trees so the other part of the clue is a mock headline from a special issue of a presumably imagined publication: Dendrology Today. All in all a very nice idea.
10 SA(H)EL (leas)< In Africa. Excellent surface.
11 S (PEAR HE) AD
12 EN (COMP) AS S sane< comp = composer s = soprano
14 PI(E)TY E = end (last letter) of humanE
17 (s)OFTEN hint of stress = first letter
16 D (EN MOTHE)R (The Omen)* New to me, pleased to work it out eventually from the wordplay. US usage, I think.
19 LIB (n)ATIONS
21 EP SOM(e)
22 QUESTION MASTERS (quite as monsters)* Amusing surface relating to the style of Jeremy Paxman and others, I guess, on UK TV.
23 Y (ASH M) AK
24 PARES I’S
1 MO (D) ISTE(n) Fashion designer.
2 GRAPHICS TABLETS r in (the plastic bags)* Another new phrase to me that I worked out from the wordplay once I’d some crossing letters.
3 C (ATT) LEMEN(t)
4 (b)LEEDS liked ‘loses vital stuff’
5 Robert Louis ST (EVEN S) ON (tons)*
7 CHINESE WHISPERS Good cryptic definition – a game where a phrase is passed from person to person.
8 RENT – Delayed A Y
13 AUDIOBOOK My favourite clue “Volume governed by volume control” Cryptic definition.
14 PR (OF)ESS OR
15 OB(E) LO QU angrY
17 RA (Egyptian sun-god) MESES (seems)* Definition: Pharaoh
19 TO T(h)EM
20 SUM (U) P