Posted by rightback on December 5th, 2009
Solving time: 12:15
A very quick blog this week as I have run out of time. I enjoyed this puzzle, not too difficult with a few memorable clues. Two comedians were described as ‘saucy chaps’ (Benny Hill and Dick Emery), but I don’t think the theme runs any deeper.
Music of the Day (1dn): The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship from Scheherezade by Rimsky-Korsakov.
* = anagram, “X” = sounds like ‘X’.
|9||ISRAELITE; I, + rev. of LEAR in SITE|
|11||BOWKNOT; BOW (= ‘bend’) + KNOT (= ‘bird’)|
|12||WHEELIE; “REALLY” (as pronounced by a child, perhaps)|
|13/23||DICK EMERY; K in DICE, + ME[r]RY – the comedian.|
|14||MORE OR LESS; OR (= ‘yellow’) + rev. of ROE (= ‘eggs’) + L, all in MESS (= ‘canteen’)|
|16||HAWKING; HAW (= ‘may’) + KING (= the author Stephen King)|
|19||SECOND + HAND|
|24||IN A STEW|
|25||G + AMBLER – I think the author is Eric Ambler.|
|27||OWNERLESS; (WE ENROL) + S,S|
|1||SINBAD THE SAILOR; SIN BAD (= ‘truism on vice’) + (HE’S in TAILOR)|
|3/22||BEN + N.Y. + HILL|
|4||VIETCONG; VIE (= ‘fight’) + C in TONGA (= ‘friendly location’, being also known as the ‘Friendly Isles’) – my last entry, and I was getting worried I wouldn’t solve it.|
|5||WEE + WEE – very clever use of the ‘small’ sense of the word ‘minute’.|
|6||EPHEDRINE; (DEEPER IN)* around H|
|8||HONEY + SUCKLE + ROSE|
|17/7||GING GANG GOOLIE; N in GIG (= ‘concert’) + GANG (= ‘band’) + GOOLIE (= ‘ball’)|
|18||TRIALLED; ALL in TRIED|
|21||HOW NOW BROWN COW; BROWN (= ‘our leader’) in HOW,NOW,COW (= ‘vow with repeated changes in leadership?’)|