Posted by Ciaran McNulty on November 18th, 2009
I found this a bit of a slog today, though admittedly that may be due to the work Christmas party I was at last night. Aracuaria managed to work in a few little sets of connected clues, but unfortunately I wasn’t familiar with the main one and had to resort to Wikipedia a few times to check my answers.
5. BEATLE. BE + TALE*.
6. MORRIS. MOR(R)IS. MORI is a polling agency, I suppose MORIs are therefore polls.
9. ACTION. ACT(I)ON.
10. LANDSEER. I suppose you’d be grateful for one.
11. OPEN–EYED. O + DE(YEN)EP<.
12. ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK. Aggregate from comets = ROCK, Article about security = THE + C + LOCK. THECLOCK amid ROCK is the same as ROCK around THECLOCK.
18. VIDEO NASTY. V + IDE + ON A + STY.
22. PHOSGENE. PHO(EGS<)NE.
23. GALLEY. G + ALLEY. You get proof of a pudding by eating it… in a galley?
24. PARENT. P + AREN’T.
25. BRACES. Double def. 2=pair rather than referring to another clue.
1. MARIANNE. MAR(IAN)NE. Apparently a character from the book!
2. ELINOR. NILE< + OR. Ditto.
3. JOHN PAUL. 2 Beatles, plus the name of two Catholic popes.
4. PRESTO. PRESTO(n). Especially satisfying given the name of the football team.
5. BICEPS. “BUY CEPS”. Interestingly the muscle is called the ‘biceps’ in the singular because it has two parts.
7. SIENNA. ANNE + IS<. Not clear why ‘royal corpse’ is Anne aside from there obviously being a few historical royal Annes.
9. BLOCKBUSTER. “BOCK BLUSTER” spoonerised.
14. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. BLESSEDNESSINANITY1*. A pleasing &lit.
16. BISHOP. BIS + HOP.
17. RECESS. RECESS(ION).
19. ENSURE. (c)ENSURE.
20. YOGURT. Y(GO<)URT. Used to be an americanism but now seems the common spelling in the UK.