Posted by nmsindy on October 29th, 2009
Anax has fairly recently joined the Indy team and also, I believe, sets for the Times and set one of the three puzzles used in the recent Times Crossword Championship won by Mark Goodliffe, known to solvers as Mr Magoo. His puzzles are among the hardest in the Indy, this took me 55 mins. Some really excellent clues, and, pretty much all fully understood with very intricate wordplay in places all stacking up in the end
* = anagram < = reversed
1 H (hotel) IGH SEASON (has gone is)* Definition: Peak
6 ObservanT TO (for)
10 SI (LE) NCE Took me ages to see why. I think it’s because = since “nurses” ie contains LikE skirts ie the outer letters of like.
12 L (E) EDS One of only two I solved on first run through. LEDS are displays on eg calculators.
15 C (clubs) OUP D’ETAT My favourite clue (up-to-date)* with ‘Marshal’ as imperative vb used as anagram indicator.
14 R (OOT)ED too< Another tip-top clue with great surface.
15 A B (“bee”) LOOM
19 AUTUM N Very subtle (N mutua)< N = November (phonetic alphabet) connected with = mutual “mostly” = take off last letter l. Definition: before December
20 PEOPLE “peep’ll” Definition: public
23 QUI (ESCEN)T (scene)*
25 IN GOT
26 IN V(O) ICE O = old “parts” ie divides “firmly held” = in vice
27 RO MA (N) CE Definition ‘court’ I think RO may be an abbrev for ‘room only’ eg from hotels but it’s not in dicts to hand.
28 H URL Another excellent clue
29 CREW ELISTS (it less)*
1 HA (SS) LE 24 is SHIP hale = well
2 GOLD EN RETRIEVER (even terrier)*
3 SA (NDSTOR) M Small roads = rds (rds not)* SAM = surface to air missile Definition: blast in desert
4 A (GEN C 1) ES up main = sea<
5 OF F (CU)T
7 TRACTION ENGINES (contain steering)* Unusual presentation of anagram but completely sound
8 OVERT I ME
9 Poke ROD & lit
16 BAPTISMAL (Psalm a bit)*
17 VAN(QU) ISH
18 HEA(d) THROW
21 METEOR “Meatier”
22 (he)ATHENS The other one I solved on first run through
24 Sea HIP hip = in (fashionable)