Posted by nmsindy on May 12th, 2010
Usual good puzzle from Dac, this one I found extremely easy, solving time, 12 mins.
* = anagram
1 SPARTA SPAR(fight) TA(volunteers) City in ancient Greece
8 FLETCHER Double definition. This would have taken me ages in earlier times, but I have learnt from doing crosswords for quite a bit that a fletcher is a person who makes arrows and that Fletcher Christian is the main character in ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.
9 HOOP O (nothing) in HOP (dance) This was my last entry.
10 UNTRAINED (United ran)* Hope Sir Alex Ferguson is not tackling this puzzle, after Man United’s late season disappointments…
11 COMPLETE L (line) in COMPETE ‘Finished’ is an adj here.
13 THEORY HE (His or Her Excellency = Ambassador) in TORY (right-wing)
14 WET ONE’S WHISTLE have a drink (informal) (loth sweet wines)*
16 COUNTERBALANCE Definition: offset COUNTER BALANCE bank statement given to you at the counter by the teller
18 RANGER RAN (organised) GER (Germany)
20 ROTHESAY THE SA in ROY
21 IN TROUBLE INT (international) ROUBLE (currency)
22 PIKE Hidden reversal in somE KIPpers
23 TRESPASS TRES (very in French) PASS(é) – outdated, mostly
24 SQUARE Double definition Not in = unfashionable
2 PROVOKE Seamless divide at ‘Get to /top of plateau’ Plateau and OK in ROVE. Definition: get to. My favourite clue today.
3 RAP par (standard) reversed
4 AMUSEMENT (men’s team u)* u = initially unprepared (first letter)
5 FITTED WARDROBES (Waterford bedsit)* A big help to get this on first run through, seeing wardrobes might be in it.
6 EXACT (AXE) reversed C (cold) T (first letter of turkey)
7 CONCENTRATE (act on recent)*
8 ENDORSE END (back) ‘ORSE Definition: OK (vb)
12 PROMULGATES PROM UnusuaL GATES
15 INAPTNESS NAP in IT NESS (head)
16 CRAZIER CRIER around AZ (extremists literally ie first and last letters of the alphabet)
17 CRACKER Double definition. Christmas cracker and a TV series I vaguely remembered the title of – Wikipedia tells me it’s a crime series from the 1990s.
19 RIOJA RIO (port) JA(r)
22 PAU A in UP reversed