Posted by nmsindy on January 5th, 2010
An excellent themed puzzle from Merlin, quite hard, solving time 38 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 CUD DIE A horse, like many of the across answers
4 C (dUCK) OO A fool, ditto
9 E (CLIPS)E
10 BOB TAIL refers to the phrase rag-tag and bobtail = the rabble
11 TOUCHSTONE (Count those)*
12 CALF cf Calif
14 Eric A(M)BLER Also a horse
16 PALOMINO ditto (main polo)*
19 DART MOOR (room trad)<
20 CL (Sri Lanka) OWNS Fools
22 (l)OAFS fools
24 WOODENTOPS (two posed on)* Fools, contemptuous slang name for guardsmen
28 SUCKERS More fools but wordplay not understood. “Shoots Soprano sidekick’s head off” suckers = shoots Soprano may be S or may refer to TV series.
29 T RIGGER Character in 7 down, also Roy Rogers’ horse and the name may have derived from that.
30 SILVER Lone Ranger’s horse I for O in ‘solver’!
31 JE (NNE) T Another horse
1 COL OUR BAR
2 DEPTH DEPT H! 8th section
3 I D(E)ATE
6 K OAL A (a Lao k)<
7/14D ONLY FOOLS AND HORSES Very popular TV series. (London’s loafy)* Trotters = horses. Refer to the characters in the series and the anagram fodder is brilliantly relevant so that is very good indeed. This gives the theme with ‘fools’ and ‘horses’ in the acrosses.
8 BENT Darren Bent footballer, plus two other definitions. Anyone write in Best?
10 B (ANT) AM Small combative = boxing weight Ant from Ant and Dec (TV presenters), I think
13 BOWL Double definition
15 EM MY Em = space (printing)
17 IN (W ROUGH) T
18 BO (S) OMS Booms appearing as themselves! Great surface.
21 ODETTE “Owe debt”!
23 FO(C)AL Another clue I liked a lot
25 NA ( I R) N
26 SORE (Eros)< This was my last answer
27 MERE Double definition