Posted by beermagnet on August 7th, 2010
Nother non-numerical Nestor novelty to nonplus us.
In fact this was again not as hard as many a midweek puzzle, with firm wordplay once seen.
Why do compilers end up picking words and phrases that have previously appeared? Often memorably. For short words with convenient letter patterns it is understandable. The classic is EXTRA that is often seen where those common letters fall in the E-T-A pattern (not much else fits!).
In this crossword there were several cases where I thought “Hello – I’ve seen that before recently”. (Mind you “recently” turns out to be last year rather than last week).
Surely it is not just chance that gave us Bad Hair Day and Hotel California. Nestor must’ve made a positive decision to include these. What could be the reason?
For those of you who wondered where this Indy Prize blog was yesterday, we have decided to publish it on the Saturday so that it coincides with the puzzle appearing on the Indy website:
|7||THE COAST IS CLEAR Topical CD which itself became clear after a few crossing letters|
|10||ENHANCERS ([f]RENCH [b]EANS)* AInd: cooked|
|11||EAT UP [tak]EA[way] (middle of takeaway) TUP (ram) Ref: demolish. First answer in. Given the 3-2 enumeration, ram/t-up seemed obvious|
|12||NAB Hidden in oN A Boys Inclusion Ind: clothes. Def: Collar. I was nabbed by the rozzers once, it was quite painful|
|13||TUB-THUMPERS (BUT)< (rebuffed only) MP,E (politician English) inside THURS (a day) Def: Declaimers|
|15||HITCHED HIT (very successful) CH[apter] ED[ited] Def: with a legal partner|
|16||BELIEVE (VEIL)< (screen rejected) inside BEE (work meeting) Def: Credit|
|18||STOCKHAUSEN (K[ing] CHAOS TUNES)* AInd: development. Lovely &Lit. My favourite clue:
Was he king in development of chaos tunes? (11)
|20||ASS Def: Charlie. A[ngel]S (angels outwardly) S[ucceeded]|
|22||ILIAD LIA[r] (fabulist without middle of veRse) inside I’D (one had)|
|23||ROCKSLIDE ROCK (Stones music) SLIDE (trombone part)|
|25||HOTEL CALIFORNIA (THE COOL AIR FINAL)* AInd: flapping. Something of a write-in from the exceedingly clear def: (Eagle’s hit) I thought I had seen this in several crossies, but the only one I can find here is nearly a year ago – Indy 7139 Dac (02-Sep-2009)|
|1||STREWN S[on], W[ife] inside TREN[d] (fashion almost) Def: haphazardly arranged|
|2||TOP-NOTCH T[w]O P[oliceme]N O[utwi]T C[leveris]H Def: superior|
|3||ASHE A SHE (a female) AS HE (like a mail) Double wordplay clue – that’s novel. Ref: Arthur Ashe. Blimey! He even has a Day named after him!|
|4||MISS THE BUS (BETH)* AInd: upset inside MISSUS (Wife) Def: to lose out|
|5||SCREAM S[pades] CREAM (pick) Def: riot. As in “It’s a scream! It’s a riot” where do I know that from?|
|6||BEAT GENERATION BEAT (better than) GENERATION (reason for sex)
Held myself up here by initially writing in Lost Generation despite wondering where Lost came from. They too could be described as Bohemian writers – maybe
|8||EXHIBITIONISTS (THE BOX IT IS IN IS)* AInd: broken. An anagram that leapt out at me.|
|9||RIPOSTE SOP< (bribe shows up) inside RITE (ceremonial form) Def: a comeback|
|14||BAD HAIR DAY CD Shock referring to a shock of hair. A site search with “Bad hair day” finds 3 previous usages by Brummie, Virgilius and Pasquale. This clue:
Time of dreadful shock? (3,4,3)
is almost the same clue as Pasquale’s but that is from a while ago:
Sort of time when one may have an awful shock? (3,4,3)
|15||HASHISH H[orse] AS (being) H[erion] IS (constitutes) H[ard]|
|17||LONG SHOT LONGS (Yearns) HOT (lust)|
|19||KIDULT DUL[l] (mostly boring) inside KIT (equipment) Def: Young at heart. Surprised myself by getting this on the first pass|
|21||SEESAW Homophone “Cease awe” Last one I got – that’s no surprise for me as it’s a homophone – works though|
|24||CHIP C[old] HIP (joint)|