Posted by nmsindy on March 11th, 2010
This was very good indeed.
nmsindy has admitted to weaknesses esp films but is prepared to admit to a strength, football, which was v helpful here. Solving time, 50 mins.
Thematic words 13 and 20 (BACK and FORWARD) linked to each other of course. Great stuff! Many thanks to Punk for a wonderful puzzle.
A minor licence the setter took, which in the light of needs of the theme was completely acceptable, is that 12 and 15 would be generally regarded as midfielders rather than forwards.
* = anagram < = reversed
1/6 MICHAEL OWEN (Meanwhile co)* England player, now with Man United.
5 CO (RRUP) T Tom’s sound asleep =purr! purr< ie back
10 PELE half of animal going BACK = elep(hant)< One of the greatest players of all time from Brazil, World Cup winner at age 17 in Sweden 1958 when Brazil won the trophy for the first of their record 5 times. Only time a South American team won it in Europe (or vice versa).
11 A LIME N TA(R)Y Got this one fairly early on.
12 Diego MARADONA (a not a ram)< Argentine player generally bracketed with 10 as being the greatest ever.
13 BACK Double definition, far from obvious at first
16 STRIP CARTOON (carrots in pot)* This was my breakthrough in this puzzle. Peanuts is a well known early example of a strip cartoon.
19 RIO FERDIN AND England’s captain after you know you was dismissed. Surface reading suggests a lack of confidence in him from the setter’s viewpoint! England’s back = D (last letter) with (inferior)* giving RIO FERDIN AND = also
23 PE(R)T I thought this was brilliant.
24 TOP SPEED (deep spot)<
27 RONALD (IN H)O Two very famous players here, Ronaldo (late of Man Utd, now Real Madrid) from Portugal, and Ronaldinho from Brazil, now playing with AC Milan after a spell with Barcelona. There’s also an earlier Ronaldo who, inter alia, scored both goals when Brazil won the World Cup for the 5th time in 2002 in Japan and played for Real Madrid.
29 SHOT Double definition, again not too obvious.
31 LOW TIDE (lido wet)* This took me ages to get, but it’s so obvious when you see it.
2 I C ECAP pace<
3 HE E-HAWS (was he)* One of the very few solved on first run through
4 ERATO Hidden, Muse of love poetry
7 RE TRACT = Take back, seeing this was a big help to cracking the theme
8 PAR rap<
9 DISAPPOINTING Laugh out loud cryptic definition with a straight definition as well.
14 KOOK is the same when reversed ie flipped
16 K AKA Brazilian player, now with Real Madrid. Back’s back = K AKA = also called (also known as)
17 RARE Laugh out loud double definition with tip-top surface
20 FOR(WAR)D Henry Ford
21 DEPOSIT (top side)*
22 SECOND Double definition
25/30 PAOLO MALDINI O LO MAL(D)I in (pain)* Italian defender, recently retired
26 Sir Anthony EDEN Double definition
28 OVA “Over”