Posted by nmsindy on October 8th, 2009
This was very hard, with only one clue solved on first run through. When I began to make progress, it became a little easier, and I got there in the end. Solving time, 56 mins, some very good clues and some where I do not understand everything, though I’ve verified the answers on the Indy website.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 KANGAROO (anorak go)* Excellent misdirection, one of my favourite clues today.
6 CUCKOO Double definiton, another tip-top clue.
9 FREE HAND As he’s a free (costing nothing) hand (worker), in the workplace, he’s voluntary. Definition: having no guidance (adj)
10 RIALTO Bridge in Venice (OT lair)<
11 ST IN KING BISHOP men = chessmen Worked this out eventually from the wordplay. New to me, and not in dicts to hand, but confirmed on the Internet as a type of cheese.
12 OLYMPIC GAMES (Complies a gym)* One of the easier ones.
14 GLADSTONE BAG Saw this when I’d some crossing letters – think clue refers to it being a large bag (larger than attaché). Gladstone is a former PM of course.
18 OPERATING TABLE A cryptic definition that I saw fairly early on.
19 YANKEE “As (twice) broadcast, why bet?” nmsindy knows this is a type of bet, and also that y = yankee in phonetic alphabet, why (broadcast) = “y”, but cannot see how the rest works.
20 NEEDLING “Young plant needs new pole for penetration” The definition is probably ‘penetration’ but do not see the rest, thought for quite a while that an anagram of ‘needs’ would be involved.
21 COURSE A starter might be on a course, I think.
22 R (O L) E PLAY
2 A E RATE E-type Jaguar
3 GREEN WOOD (forest) PECKER (spirits) not sure about the ‘tapping sound’ in the definition but that may have something to do with woodpeckers.
4 REAL (I) TY
5 OLD AGE PENSIONER Seeing this was a big breakthrough. Payable at age 65 (alongside opener)* ‘batting’ indicates the anagram
6 CARD 1 AC first light = first clue = one across
7 CRASH BANG (haircut) WALLOP (beer) “Unsubtle group of horny individuals wanting haircut, then beer” ‘Unsubtle’ is probably the definition but the rest apart from ‘bang’ ‘wallop’ is not understood.
8 OCTUPLET (cult poet)* Group of 8 notes, appropriately at 8 down.
13 ELDORA DO (ordeal)* The only one I solved first time round.
15 TRAPEZE A really good cryptic definition
16 BIG DEAL Another one I liked a lot
17 G LINK A