Posted by Ciaran McNulty on August 31st, 2009
A well constructed puzzle but sadly not enough meat to keep one occupied for the whole bank holiday – good job I’d not yet tackled the Observer.
Not much to say really, some clever cryptic definitions and nothing that felt unfair – probably how Monday crosswords should always be.
9. TICKS OVER. TICK’S OVER.
10. INNER. INN + E.R.
11. PLUNDER. Meaning ‘steal’ and also ‘swag’.
12. HOLIDAY. Cryptic definition.
13. EVILS. LIVES*.
14. ABSTINENT. AB + S(TIN)ENT.
16. STRETCHER-BEARER. Cryptic def, stretcher=litter.
19. NUMSKULLS. N.U.M. + SKULLS.
21. GENOA. Double def: a type of sail, and Columbus’ home town.
22. FLOTSAM. F + ALMOST*.
24. PROVERB. P(ROVER)B.
24. ADIEU. AD + I.E. + U(nion).
25. SIGHTSEER. SIGHT + SEER.
1. STEPHENSON. George Stephenson, the engineer who built The Rocket.
2. OCCUPIER. OCCU(PIE)R.
3. ASIDES. A(SIDE)S.
4. OVER. Double definition.
5. ORCHESTRAS. SHORTRACES*. ‘Play groups’ is a great cryptic def.
6. HILLSIDE. H(ILLS)IDE.
7. ON EDGE. Double def.
8. FRAY. Double def.
14. AT HALF MAST. Cryptic def: standards = flags.
15. THREADBARE. ABEDRATHER*; nap = texture of a cloth.
17. TAKES OUT. Double def.
18. RENDERED. Double def; rendering = applying a surface to a wall, e.g. plastering.
20. MYOPIC. Cryptic def; shortsighted.
21. GHOSTS. Double def.
22. FLAP. Double def.
23. PIGS. Cryptic def; ‘This little piggy went to market’.