Posted by nmsindy on October 2nd, 2009
Unusual one, this. When I saw the small number of cells around the perimeter and the unusual grid (with 360 degree symmetry, I think), I thought ‘Nina’, but the only one I can find is the second half of 20 across. Not too hard a puzzle, solving time, 20 mins. One where I do not see the wordplay, 17 down, though I’ve confirmed on the website that the answer is correct.
* = anagram
6 TEMPORARINESS (Steamier porn’s)*
8 Edna O’ (BRIE) N
9 EXE (MP LA) R From EXERtion, I think, tho EXERcise also came to mind.
10 HERO Hero and Leander from Greek mythology.
11 B ROOM
13 NUD(g)E Did anyone else first write in BARE, from BAR(g)E?
14/22A MODERATION IN ALL THINGS (Aristotle in longhand I’m)* Long anagram that took a while to work out – setter must have been pleased to discover the letters contained Aristotle.
18 D INKY
19 FOO(d) L
16/20 A NN A KARENINA (an area ink)* Tolstoy classic novel.
23 NEUROVASCULA R (corneas uvula)*
1 OMNIVORE (Moon Rive)*
3 CALEDONIAN CANAL (inland cloaca nae)* Definition and enumeration made this quite easy
5 WE A Purple ON
6 TABLE MOUNT A IN
7 SCAN DA (L MO) NGER
12 M (ONE)Y
15 N (O-FR) ILLS (for)*
17 AVENUE “Means of accessing article about avoiding tax” Definition: means of accessing, I guess, but I don’t see the rest.
21 I R ON
22 TACO hidden