Posted by beermagnet on April 16th, 2010
No Nina or theme that I can see despite the perimeter of grids like this often being used for such purposes. But then I often miss them. For instance I was blissfully unaware of last week’s ‘font’ theme.
There are some lovely surfaces to most of the clues in this puzzle.
However I have tackled harder puzzles by Scorpion.
Help needed with 2 down – who are those guys?
|8||BARBRA STREISAND BARB (Sting) RA (artist) (ENDS SITAR)* AInd:upsetting Def: songstress. The original Funny Girl|
|9||REAL (LEA[the]R)* AInd: plastic. First answer entered – for some reason I saw the wordplay immediately, but the clue has a very smooth surface:
Genuine leather, except for the plastic (4)
|11||JOCKEY C[lubs] inside JOKEY (comic)|
|12||CRAWL RAW (green) inside CL from C[herwel]L (banks of Cherwell) Def: fawn.|
|14||YUMMIEST [turke]Y [t]UMMIES T I think: ‘have time to rest finally’ instructs us to move the T for time from TUMMIES to rest at the end.|
|16||WADDING DD IN inside WAG Def: ‘Cotton wool?’|
|17||SNIGGER S[choolboy (GINGER)* AInd: nuts.|
|18||FEARSOME SO (standing order) inside ARM (branch) all inside FEE (charge) Def. dreadful|
|20||RUPEE R U (‘are you’ in txtspk) PEE (Jimmy – as in Jimmy Riddle, rhyming slang)|
|21||ORWELL (LOWER)* AInd: ordered, then [schoo]L. Ref. Eric Blair / George Orwell. Initially I tried to get an anagram from Blair+L.|
|23||PAT Reversed first letters T[opless] A[t] P[ark]|
|24||JAVA J[udge] A[ttack] V[ery] A[busively] Def. language of PC.|
|25||UP THE GARDEN PATH CD First of the long answers entered from what I felt was an easy CD.|
|1||PAPER CHASE PERCH (pole) inside A and A (Americans) all inside ESP reversed.
Last one in. Misled by ‘Pole’ – I thought it would be just N or S, and that Americans were more likely ‘US’
|2||ABEL Def. Victim. Are James G, William M and John K all fratricide victims or something? I can’t see any connection. Full clue:
Famous victim, like James G, William M, John K? (4)
|3||MAGDALEN COLLEGE MAG (Journal), (ALLEGED CLONE)* AInd: dissected.|
|4||STUMPY U MP (Unionist member) inside STY (swine living in this)|
|5||BENJAMIN BRITTEN JAM (crowd) inside BENIN (in W Africa) BRIT (music award) TEN (number)|
|6||PSYCHING UP (SPY)* AInd: sneakily, G[erman] inside CHIN-UP|
|7||KNEE Well hidden reversed inside GrEEN-Keepers. Def. part of pin. Pin as in leg.|
|13||ANDERLECHT RED< LECH (Walesa) inside ANT (worker). Def. ‘ Where European strikers go?’ as in football forwards.|
|15||STEVE OVETT EVE (first woman) inside STOVE (range) TT (times) Lord Coe’s erstwhile rival|
|19||EXPERT XP (Windows type) inside TREE<|
|22||ROPE DD Hitchcock film; Guy rope.|
|24||JAPE [con]J[ure] APE (mirror)|