Posted by nmsindy on June 3rd, 2010
Quite a hard puzzle as one expects from Tyrus, with a theme exemplified by 8 down (an answer I worked out only quite late on) and some other entries and wording used in clues. Solving time, 58 mins, some quite tough clues. Some quite amusing clues too. I found the clues in this puzzle were of the very highest standard.
1 LOCUST alternate letters of tOuCh in LUST Stripper in the sense of being destructive of vegetation in the definition, so nicely misleading in the surface reading.
5 DEB ATE
9 IDLE Hidden reversal in … fiELD In
10 ANARCHICAL ANA(gossip) R CHIC (smart) AL
11 LAP DANCE A PD (paid) in (clean)* with an amusing surface.
12 MOONS ON in MO’S Nice use of ‘cheeky’
13 STASIS STASI – police in the former GDR, first letter of Suspect
15 HERETICS HER and ETHICS less H
17 CROSSTIE (cot rises)* A fairly obvious anagram which took me quite a while to work out, nonetheless
19 NEWARK NEW ARK
21 NIXON NIX (nothing) ON Absolutely top quality, this, for those who remember Watergate.
22 GET A ROOM G = good (TO AMORE)*
24 UNCENSORED Tricky, this, I found Nurse’s = EN’S in COR all in (NUDE)*
25 ALAS A LAS(s)
28 PHOTOS Another very tricky one with a seamless join at erotic/pictures. HOT in POS(t) with ‘sent through’ as containment indicator.
27 YATTER Another one I found tricky (Tarty e)* Final letter of piecE
2 OLD MASTER MAST (nuts, in the sense of food for pigs etc) in COLDER less C ie topless
3 UREIDES (I’d reuse)* Obscure word helpfully clued with an obvious anagram
4 TRAIN RA (Gunners) in NIT (reversed) Misleading surface suggesting Arsenal FC and Arsene Wenger
5 DECAMERON by Boccaccio from C14. DE (of in French) CAMERON carefully clued as a politician to be general in case the surface might suggest something untoward about an individual, I guess
6 BAIL OUT AIL in BOUT
7 TEATS (taste)*
8 PAGE THREE GIRL (l here, get a grip)* the L from luck. For anyone from outside the UK, this is best-known feature of the UK’s best-selling daily newspaper, the Sun.
14 SATANISTS Nick = the Devil SAT (Saturday) AN (one) IS TS (first and last letters of tedious)
16 CORPORATE (poor react)*
18 SEXPERT Another good clue SEX (possibly female) PERT (saucy)
20 WARRANT W (wife) ARRANT (perfect)
21 NINTH Hidden, a musical interval
23 TOD AY Former newspaper TOD (fox) AY (always)