Posted by Handel on July 22nd, 2010
Good morning all. A departure from the usual IoS fare this week, with a themed offering. The fact that we’d not encountered a themed IoS before meant that we were rather slow off the mark, and it was only once all the kings were in place that the significance of the number of the puzzle (1066) finally dawned, allowing 1ac to be filled. We found this a tougher, but altogether more satisfying, puzzle than usual, and will be interested to know whether other solvers also enjoyed the added penny-drop of the theme. We’d certainly like to see more puzzles like this in future.
1. AND ALL THAT ‘with what’s to follow after today’s date’. A reference to W.C. Sellar and R.J. Yateman’s wonderful, whimsical tour of history, ‘1066 and all that’.
9. EDWARD THE CONFESSOR (henceforward tossed)*
10. NORM AN(D)Y some=any, as in ‘have you any/some bananas?’
13. HAR(m) OLD
15. WILLIAM THE CONQUERER (Quit hero Cromwellian)*
18. G RAMME(d)
25. BAYEUX TAPESTRY (Part sexy beauty)*
27. S A N(IT)ATION
2. bED UNderstandably<
3. ADA P.T. OR
5. HANSOM sounds like ‘handsome’
6. THRIFTIER (I fritter h)*
7. CLAUSAL anagram of ‘call’ around USA
8. VIDEOTAPES (a TV episode)*
12. CH UR CH YARD<
14. LAMINA< TES< our last one in
17. SOCKEYE dd
19. MARRY A T
20. BUN YAN(k)
23. JUD O not sure why ‘Jud’ is ‘gross’. Any ideas? SUM O – Thanks Barbara!