Posted by nmsindy on June 25th, 2010
Always have confidence with Phi that I will get there, this puzzle was no exception, solving time 23 mins.
V enjoyable as always.
* = anagram
1 WIDE-ANGLE LENS (leading)* EL (the in Spanish) all contained in (news)*
8 NIPPY NIP PartlY
9 ARTIFICER A (one) (terrific)* A mechanic in the services, ‘naval’ chosen here to go with the anagram indicator ‘at sea’, I guess.
11 STEAM OPEN Cryptic definition. This refers to opening the seals of envelopes using steam (from a kettle) so as to read the letter. The envelope could then be resealed.
12 NOOKS N(new) LOOKS (fashions) less L (length)
13 REALLY Definition: in earnest ER (Monarch) (reversed) ALLY (supporter)
14 SAMIZDAT Underground writing in the former Soviet Union (amazed it’s)* less E = English
17 AVERSION A (acting) VERSION (edition)
19 AFLOAT rear of lilO in A FLAT (puncture). My favourite clue today, showing also they don’t have to be hard to be good.
22 TODDY TODAY (now) with D (a bit of drink) for A (article)
24 SAINTLIKE (in talkies)*
25 ESPLANADE PLAN A (first idea) in (seen)*
26 OSTIA Port of ancient Rome. SO (very much) (reversed) I (one) in TA (soldiers)
27 TAKE A BACK SEAT TAKE ABACK and A (one) in SET
1 WINDSOR CASTLE WINDS (turns) (locates r)* R = Queen &lit
2 DEPRECATE DEPRECIATE less I(one)
3 ABYSMAL A BY S MAL(e) A BY S = article from pen of second
4 GRAPPA APP (apparently) in GRA(n) Nan = Gran
5 ESTONIAN EST (French is) ON (working) IAN (Scot)
6 EFFENDI Turkey’s equivalent of Mister as form of address E FF END I
7 SICKO SIC (faithfully reproduced) KO (OK reversed)
10 RISE TO THE BAIT T (tense) in (theories)* B (British) AIT (island)
15 DOOLITTLE This refers to Eliza Doolittle in Shaw’s play ‘Pygmalion’ which became ‘My Fair Lady’. idle (vb) = do little containing O (love)
16 BOTSWANA T = head of tiny SWAN all in BOA (snake)
18 SKYLARK I think the Aussie singer is Kylie Minogue (also an actress) so it’s KYL (ie = that is missing) in SARK, one of the Channel Islands
20 FETLOCK Projection on a horse (ie colt). Hidden reversal in blacK COLT EFfectively
21 CINEMA MEN (rising) in CIA (Agents)
23 DEPOT TOP ED (award-winning journalist) reversed