Posted by Gaufrid on July 27th, 2010
Agentzero has been delayed whilst returning home from a business trip so here is my analysis of today’s puzzle.
There was a mini theme involving one board game, three card games and four game birds/animals. Snipes are shot for sport, hence they are game birds, but I have never known one be put in a game pie. Generally straightforward but the cryptic definitions in 4dn and 6dn didn’t particularly appeal to me.
1 BACKPACK BACK (wager) PACK (group)
5 USES UP US (American) E (energy) SUP (drink)
9 ICE SKATE ICES (cools) KATE (little woman) – ‘little’ is referring to a diminutive female name not one of the characters in Louisa May Alcott’s novel.
10 FALLEN ALL (everyone) in FEN (slough) – slough=fen=marsh
12 GATOR G (grand) A (adult) TOR (hill) – an informal US term for alligator
13 EXACTNESS *(CASES NEXT)
14 GROUSE G[oalkeeper] ROUSE (stimulate)
16 EVOCATE CAT (moggy) in EVOE (Bacchic cry)
18 ARCHAIC *(CHAIR) in A C[upboard]
20 RABBIT dd
22 REMEDYING R (right) *(I NEED GYM)
23 SHAWL SH (quiet) AWL (tool)
24 PHOTOS homophone of ‘foe’ (enemy) TO (turn over) S (son)
25 CIVILISE *(CLIVE IS I[ndia])
26 DATING TIN (dough) in DAG (awkward Aussie) – dough=tin=money
27 HEREINTO *(EITHER ON) – would have been better if ‘into’ hadn’t appeared in the clue.
1 BRIDGE B (bishop) RIDGE (long mountain range)
2 CREATURE COMFORT CREATURE (being) *(FORM) in COT (bed)
3 POKER POKE (jab) R (run)
4 CAT’S-EYE cd – according to the usual references the enumeration should have been 4-3 (Chambers and Collins) or 7 (COED).
6 SMART BOMB cd
7 SELF-EXAMINATION *(AN EXIT ISLE OF MAN)
8 PUNISHED PUN (joke) IS HE’D (he would)
11 HARE hidden in ‘relisH A REvealing’
15 UP AND DOWN *(DAWN POUND)
17 LARRUPED *(PURE) in LARD (fat)
19 CRIB dd
20 RAGTIME RAG (paper) TIME (bird) – bird=time=prison sentence
21 CLUEDO CLUE (what this is) DO (again)
23 SNIPE SNIP (steal) [th]E – steal=snip=bargain or steal=snip=snatch