Posted by beermagnet on June 11th, 2010
Another Saturday Prize Indy that was surprisingly easy compared to previous experience of both Nestor and Saturdays. There has been a run of easier Saturday crosswords lately.
After first getting one of the long answers (10A) I tried, and much to my surprise succeeded, in solving all six long answers before polishing off the corners one at a time. All just as well as there is a lot of things to catch up with after being away for the half-term week including a stack of crosswords (newsagent was kind enough to save me copies) and a veg patch that needs attention (why can’t the slugs eat the blackfly?).
Given all this I thought there must be a theme or Nina here. Can I see one? Can I hell as like.
Little bit of wordplay not understood at 9 Down.
|6||WISH LIST (SAILS WITH – A)* AInd: ordered|
|8||OUTLET O[ld] [c]UTLET|
|10||I AM THE GREATEST! (AS A HITTER GET ME!)* AInd: Exceptional.
Nice &lit that was my first in. Well known quote from that bloke who was also known to float like a butterfly
|12||EXTRUDED [n]EXT (Initially cut later) RUDE (rough) D[iamonds]|
|13||RED BLOOD CELLS RE (note) DB (Decibels) LOO (Lavatory – ref 14 down) C (approximately – circa) inside DELLS (valleys)|
|16||BEDCOVER BE (Live) DC (Washington) OVER (on)|
|18||EARWAX AR[kansas], WA[shington] inside EX (former)|
|19||ELECTRIC GUITAR CD/DD “Axes” need current (amperes) to work and only work through amplifiers (some of which have dials that go up to 11)|
|20||KISSER Reverse hidden in captuRES SIKhs. Def: Trap, slang for mouth, as is the answer.|
|21||EGG TIMER CD|
|1||DISASTER DIS-ASTER Deflower?! Good job he put that question mark there|
|2||WHAT THE DICKENS W[ith] H[ot] [m]ATTHE[w] DICKENS (author’s) Particularly liked “contents of first gospel” for ATTHE|
|3||BIN-END IN (home) inside (cased) BEND (crook) A bin-end is where you find odd bottles left over from people making up cases.
The Last of the Summer Wine is the world’s longest running sitcom but this will be its last summer (BBC calls time on LOTSW). I don’t expect fans to beseige Broadcasting House in the manner of 6 Music buffs.
|4||MONASTIC M[aiden] (ACTIONS)* AInd: affected|
|5||BEETLE Reverse alternate letters in vEiLs ThE kErB. Def. is “crawler”, though I wonder if it could equally be “being”. My last answer because I couldn’t see the wordplay for a while despite having beetle pencilled in from the crossing letters, and wondering if “kerb crawler” was the definition which would be disrespectful to VW Beetles. Loved it when I saw it so top clue award goes to this:
Being oddly ignored, contrarily, veils the kerb crawler (6)
|7||THREE-FOUR TIME (EITHER MUTE OR F[orte])* AInd: played. Definition (feature of waltz) and enumeration made this a bit of a give-away without needing to unscramble the anagram.|
|9||THE BUTLER DID IT BUT (only) LE[wis] inside THE IT (Ref: The IT Crowd ) but not sure how RDID comes from “one bit of Morse’s”. Full Clue:
Only Lewis’s leading duo in front of TV crowd with one bit of Morse’s mystery cliché (3,6,3,2)
Update: Nothing to do with “The IT Crowd“. jmac gives deconstruction as:
BUT LE[wis] inside T (front of TV) HERD (crowd), then I DIT (one bit – dot – spoken in Morse Code)
|14||LAVATORY LAVA (fluid stuff that’s spouted) TORY (Conservative)|
|15||SEAWATER AWA[i]T (expect one’s departed) inside SEER (clairvoyant)|
|17||EYELID YEL[l] inside EID|
|18||ENGAGE (GANG)* AInd: dodgy. inside E E (Class A pills)|