Posted by shuchi on June 11th, 2010
I started off smoothly with this puzzle but struggled to finish it, stuck for a long time with 11A, 5D. While there were some neat clues like 17A and 28A, I wasn’t particularly pleased with a couple of letter selection devices (6D, 19D).
7 PANEL PINS (SLEEPING PARTNER – REGRET)*
8 CHURL C (about) HURL (let fly)
10 GARDENER ARDEN (forest) in GER (Germany)
11 LITANY N (number) in (ITALY)*. I used the “tweet-a-friend” lifeline to get this answer – thanks @owentuz on twitter.
12 ORCA hidden in ‘majORCAn'; ‘holiday’ remains unused. 27 i.e. WHALE is the definition.
13 CORPORAL PO (naval man) in CORRAL (enclosure)
15 WIMPISH WISH (fancy) around I (a) MP (politician)
17 STASHED SAT (settled) reversed, in SHED (outhouse)
20 PENITENT hidden in ‘oPEN IT ENThralled’. Neatly hidden word.
22 ALMS sounds like ‘arms’ (members)
25 MISSES dd
26 BACK ROOM BACK (second) + MOOR (African) reversed
27 WHALE 12 i.e. ORCA is a whale, and having ‘a whale of a time’ is having a great time.
28 GEARBOXES cd&d
1 PAGAN (AG)< in PAN (the best bet?) AG (silver) in NAP (best bet) reversed // Thanks to Gaufrid.
2 TENDER dd
3 OPEN DAYS (ANY SPODE)*
4 INFRACT (FRANTIC)*
5 WHITLOWS WHIT (bank holiday) LOWS (blues)
6 TRUNCATED RUN (single, in cricket) C (copyright) in TATE (gallery) D (first letter of “Doesn’t”, I suppose, indicated by ‘chief’)
9 SLUR (RULES)* – E (Spain)
14 LIMELIGHT L (fifty) IM (999) EIGHT (8) around L (fifty). Are IL, IC, IM considered acceptable? I don’t think so, but then how is it that crossword setters use them so abundantly? Also, what is to indicate that EIGHT goes around L? If ‘-‘ => without => outside, then that is stretching it too far.
16 PLIMSOLL Cryptic definition for Samuel Plimsoll, who devised the Plimsoll line, an indicator of the legal limit to which a ship may be loaded.
18 TRAMCARS RAC (motoring organization) in SMART (shrewd), all reversed
19 STABLED TABLE (furniture) in S D (outermost ‘shed’)
21 EASE [c]EASE (wind up, topless). A good clue but the exclamation mark is unnecessary.
23 MARROW dd
24 GOFER initial letters of ‘Given Orders From’ + ER (queen)