Posted by shuchi on May 14th, 2010
A simple crossword, no obscure words or circuitous wordplay. Newbies might want to cut their solving teeth with this. For old hands, it might seem a little uninspired.
1 ADMINISTERED MINISTER (vicar) in (DEAD)*
10 FUSSPOT F (loud) US (American) SPOT (skin infection)
11 ORIGAMI (GI)< in (MAORI)*
12 ENTRY [s]ENTRY
13 ASTEROID A STEROID (hormone)
15 APPENDAGES A PP (very quiet) END (finish) AGES (a long time)
16 SNOW SN (partners, in bridge) OW (painful exclamation)
18 AMPS AS (when) around MP
20 COQUETTISH Q (question) in (IT TOUCHES)*
22 HEADGEAR HEAR (try, as in a court) around (AGED)*. ‘Bowler’ is an example of headgear.
24 AESOP POSE (pretence) reversed, A (Academician)
26 ON THE GO hidden in ‘wONT HE GOssip’. Nicely hidden answer.
27 GRIDDLE [drainin]G RIDDLE (sieve)
28 MONEYLENDERS cd
2 DESKTOP DESK (work surface) TOP (best)
3 IMPLYING [s]IMPLY (‘easily’ executed) IN (at home) G (good)
4 INTO I (one) N (new) TO[ry]
5 TROUSSEAUX T[hinking] ROUSSEAU (philosopher) S (times). ‘S = time’ all right, but I wonder if ‘S = times’ also works. X (times, as in arithmetic). Thanks to Gaufrid.
6 RAISE sounds like ‘raze’ (level)
7 DRAGOON DRAGON (lizard) around O (duck). To shanghai is to coerce. Unusual containment indication: ‘duck-eating lizard’. What a difference a punctuation mark can make.
8 AFTER A FASHION AFTER (following) A FAD (fashion). Liked this.
9 WINDOW-SHOPPER HOPPER (skipper) WINDOWS (opportunities)
14 LABORATORY LAB (political party, short for Labour party) ORATORY (speechmaking)
17 STEADIED (DATE)* in (SIDE)*
29 PHANTOM PHAN (sounds like ‘fan’ i.e. cooler) TOM (cat). Not the best surface, and ‘the’ seems redundant.
21 INSIDER IN (home) SIDE (team) R
23 GREEN dd
25 AGUE ARGUE (have a row) – R (run)