Posted by nmsindy on December 18th, 2009
No Phi today, maybe he’ll feature on Saturday this week. Instead what I found quite a tough puzzle from Morph esp SE corner. I failed on 24 across, which I understand now having looked at the Indy website. Time at the puzzle, 50 mins or so.
The unusual top row caught my eye before I even began to solve, now that I’m finished it could be a homophone of SO FAREWELL, looked at the bottom row then which reads MOOR FAWN USE, but that means nothing to me. I’m sure others will explain if I’ve missed something and also one where I do not see the wordplay. Some excellent clues as noted in the blog.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 SEW “sow”
3 FAIR off air less of
6 WE’LL I liked this source = well collective will = we will
10 THE REIN
11 PALER M.O. Another one I liked a lot.
12 NOODLES (One sold)*
13 THE CLUB (belt chu)* ie pregnant
14 NATIONAL SERVICE c in (version in a late)*
15 STAND-UP COMEDIAN (medic on a)*
20 ‘AVOC ADO My favourite clue
21 EARACHE Cryptic definition
22 DUETTED (étude td)* second étude has odd letters removed
23 MA’S ONE D
24 MOOR motor less t
25 FAWN Initial letters
26 USE “Expl0it Eurosceptic nightmare in short” When first looking at this clue, I thought of ‘use’ from ‘exploit’ and so it turned out, but I don’t understand the rest.
1 SIT ON ONE’S HANDS
2 WEED OUT “wee doubt”
4 AM NES (Sen)< IrAq (odd letters)
5 RE PUTES (set up)<
6 WELL-EARNED REST (Re all-new desert)* and pun on ‘well’
7 LORELEI Cryptic definition From German legend, familiar to solvers, this was a fresh approach to clueing it.
8 FEEL-GOOD FACTOR glee< in food
9 DOUB (LE EN)TENDRE (rude to bend)* Took me ages to understand the wordplay, being distracted by tend = nurse
16 AT ONE (atone) GO
17 PR (OUD) OF duo<
18 OVERMOW Cryptic definition
19 IN CONN U As Yale is a Conn (Connecticut) University (U), I think