Posted by nmsindy on April 30th, 2010
I found this very much on the easy side, solving time 13 mins. As always with Phi, well-constructed, clear, clues with little scope for doubt.
* = anagram
1 IDENTITY THEFT ‘?’ after cyberspace here, because ‘identity theft’ is not necessarily cybercrime. I DENT IT (THEY)* FT
9 OCARINA O CAR IN A
10 MARTINI ART in MINI A c19 rifle that I first learned about from puzzles.
11 BLOW OVER B (book) and OW in LOVER
12 ALKALI K (potassium) A (article) in ALL I (iodine)
13 IVAN I VAN
14 PREBENDARY BEND in (PRAYER)* My favourite clue today.
18 Alberto GIACOMETTI GI A COMET (IT) reversed. Was pleased to work this out from the wordplay and then verify he’s a Swiss sculptor (1901-1966).
19 EBRO Hidden
21 HYMNAL first and last letters (ie limits) of the last three words in the clue.
23 GENE POOL GEN (LOOPEd) reversed. Seamless join at breeding/information
25 MISSIVE MISS I’VE
26 SHINING D (daughter) leaving SHINDIG with what’s left being put around N (start, ie first letter, of night)
27 SUSSEX SPANIEL (SUSSEd) (EXPLAINS)*
1 INAMORATA A TAR OMANI all reversed
2 EDITOR My last answer RIDE (trip) reversed over TO
3 TO A DEGREE Double definition
4 TOMB Refers to c19 book by Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown’s Schooldays TOM Brown (ie not half)
5 TERYLENE “Terry lean”
6 ERICA B’s EROICA symphony less O
7 TRINITY COLLEGE (ceiling lottery)* Long-established university in the centre of Dublin, a major tourist attraction esp for the Book of Kells.
8 DOUBTING THOMAS (but not his dogma)* Thomas from New Testament who had to put his fingers in the wounds after the Resurrection before he believed.
15 BATTERSEA BAT TERSE A
16 AMBROSIAL M (drop of malt ie first letter) in AB (sailor) (SAILOR)*
17 BONA FIDE A FIDo in BONE
20 GEMINI GEM IN I
22 MOSES from Old Testament next answer MESS with O added
24 MESS Hidden