Posted by nmsindy on July 1st, 2010
A fine puzzle in Nimrod’s very distinctive style. On the hard side, as one expects from Nimrod. Solving time, 41 mins.
* = anagram
6 SERBIA (rabies)*
8 HAYLOFT “Hail” OFT
9 SLANDERER LAND in SERE (dry) R (Republican)
10 KILT Sean Connery, of the James Bond movies, is Scottish. Lee’s lead = first letter contained in KIT = Christopher
11 LITCHI LIT CHI (energy – from China)
12 UNDERACT This was very good with ham in misleading context (A N CURED)* n = new followed by T = time
14 TURN THE CORNER (cut Northerner)*
17 LOOK INTO LOO KIN TO (shut)
19 KERNEL “Colonel”
21 EPOS Hidden. An epic poem.
22 PERPETUAL ref perpetual motion PER = A U = “you” in PETAL
23 ILLICIT Definition = wrong I’LL = setter will shortly CIT = see the article ie citing something (I think that’s it anyway) with I = writer contained in it all.
24 ETHENE onE THE NE (Newcastle area)
1 TEE SHIRT Liked this HI in (SETTER)* Definition: top
2 HARD-BITTEN Definition: toughened. Not quite sure yet how this works. (THE BANDIT)* with anagram indicator of Harry gives 9 of the 10 letters ie all except the R so if R could mean ‘one arm’ that would work but I can’t quite see it and may be on the wrong track entirely.
3 EYER 4 = LOOKER-ON YE (old solvers ie ‘you (plural)’ in former usage) in ER (Queen)
4 LOOKER-ON L ON (leg – side on a cricket field) containing ‘OOKER = hooker in East End (of London)
5 ITALIC New Roman = Italic ie Italians later than Romans, I think is what is meant here, have not gone back into the history. Italic = type (printing)
7 BLANC This refers to the chef Raymond BLANC (who has had TV programmes) and the late Mel BLANC (voice of cartoon characters Bugs Bunny, Porky the Pig etc)
8 HERCULE POIROT This was the heart of the puzzle. I guessed it from the start from ‘this detective’ and the enumeration, but could make no sense of the rest. Then with the puzzle almost solved saw the Nina around the perimeter, starting with the first letter of 1D THE LITTLE GREY CELLS. So the ‘peripheral vision’ ie around the periphery (perimeter) of grid is what the rest of the clue refers to. This is the detective’s catch phrase in the well-known series of TV programmes drawn from Agatha Christie’s books.
13 DOORKEEPER (ORDER PEKOE)* pekoe is a type of tea
15 RAKISHLY KISH = KISS (drunk’s show of admiration) in RALLY less the central L
16 RIESLING Rum (dash = first letter) IE SLING (cocktail)
18 ORPHIC PHI (letter) in ORC (killer – whale) This was a new word to me, but fairly gettable from the wordplay. From a look at dicts, think it refers to Orpheus (Greek myth) who could move inanimate objects with the music of his lyre but happy to be advised otherwise.
20 ROUGH RO = pros stripping (removing outer letters) UGH Definition: coarse
22 PACE Double definition deferring to = with respect, used when politely contradicting another viewpoint. Also, horse’s speed, tho I guess it could also be used of people eg footballers.