Posted by nmsindy on February 11th, 2010
A joy to solve from this talented setter, showing puzzles don’t have to be hard to be good. Maybe because I saw quite a few of the answers from the definitions and emerging crossing letters, it was an unusually fast solve for me, 14 mins.
* = anagram < = reversed
1 SE (Kent in the SE of England) CURER
5 SULTANA Double definition, with a great surface reading
9 A XI (team = eleven) OM (Order of Merit)
10 DAIRYM AID (myriad)< Another excellent surface
11 HOT WATER Double definition, splitting at up/trouble. My favourite clue
12 LUNG I 26 = LOINCLOTH
14/8 S ( (LA (P AN) D) T) ICKLE pan = hammer = criticize T = ending in conflict
15 BR (O OMST) ICK (most)* Carrying ‘bad woman’ = witch
18 REORIENTED (One retired)*
19 E PEE 1 down = SLASH
21 PUPIL Double definition, ref pupil in eye, I think
23 K (I LOG) RAM mark<
26 LOINC LOTH (Colin)*
27 DEIGN “Dane” as HCA was.
28 B (EY) ONCÉ V popular US female singer etc ye = you (<)
1 SLASH Double definition
2/29 CRISTIANO RONALDO A huge step to get this straightaway from the O at the end of 2 down.
(action L R so I ran)* do = party. &lit also, I guess. Portuguese footballer, maybe the world’s best player, now with Real Madrid, previously with Man Utd.
4 RED HERRING Something that diverts attention.
5 SHIT (this)*
6 LO (Y ALI) ST Muhammad Ali = boxer y = unknown union man = loyal to the Union eg in NI.
13 COME (H I) T HER
14 STRIP (kit) CLUB (bash)
16 I (island) M (P) ARTIAL
17 BILLY CAN
20 GO (RD) ON RAM SAY TV chef who I think was involved in controversy over swearing and presents programme called “The F-Word”. I’m open to correction on these details.
way = rd = road goon = heavy = thug ram = force perhaps = say
This was my last answer, having considered ‘London’ and ‘golden’ as possibilities for the first word.
22 PRIVY Double definition with another very good surface
24 MANGO (among)*
25/7 COME AGAIN Double definition ie please repeat that, and ‘further invitation’