Posted by Simon Harris on June 24th, 2010
I had just been thinking we must be due for a Saturday Anax, and here we are. I wonder if being able to predict setters several weeks running is an early sign of having spent rather too much time on crosswords.
I must admit I couldn’t really get into this one, thought I can’t put my finger on why. Some of it was very easy and in other parts it was just very hard to see the reasoning. Thus there were a few guesses, and there will be one or two gaps in my explanations, so feel free to jump in.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||FLORA – (A ROLF)<, I guess, though the def. seems stranded in the middle of the clue.|
|4||LANDS END – L AND SEND.|
|8||STEADY ON – STEAD + YON.|
|9||ROOTS – R[eveal] O[ne] O[f] T[his] S[pecies].|
|10||TALC – [me]TAL C[oating].|
|12||UNECONOMIC – ON in (UN + COMIC).|
|13||ESCULENT – UNCLE’S* in ET.|
|14||COHORT – CO + (R in HOT).|
|15||STATUE – U in STATE.|
|17||CHARNECO – CHAR + ONCE*.|
|19||LARYNGITIS – ANGRILY* + T[r]I[e]S.|
|21||SUCK – S[t]UCK.|
|22||EXILE – (I + L) in EXE, as in an executable file, thus computer program.|
|23||PROHIBIT – PRO + (BI in HIT).|
|25||UNDERTOW – (ROUND WET)*.|
|26||MAYBE – (BY A)< in ME.|
|1||FATWAHS – FAT + SHAW<.|
|2||OVA – roughly a hom. of “over”.|
|3||AS YOU WERE – (SEE OUR WAY)*.|
|4||LONGEST – dd.|
|5||NARCO – A R in NCO.|
|6||SHOW OF HANDS – cd.|
|7||NASTIER – N + (E in ASTIR).|
|11||COUNTRY LIFE – complete guess, something to do with “sticks”=COUNTRY and, well, it has pages at least.
Sticks pages together.
|14||CLASSROOM – CLAS[h] + MOORS<|
|16||TRADE IN – DE in TRAIN.|
|17||CATS-PAW – CAT + (P in SAW).|
|18||COCAINE – C[igarette] + O + Michael CAINE.|
|20||GWENT – W in GENT.|
|24||IVY – I[celandic] V[olcano] + hom. of “why”.|