Posted by shuchi on October 8th, 2010
A straightfoward, elegant puzzle from Cincinnus. It is a high point in solving when the last few answers come not with looking up aids for unfamiliar facts but with delightful ‘aha’ moments. This puzzle gave me that experience. 12A, 23A, 10D were among the last ones to get solved, and they are some of the best clues today.
1 LEGION LEG (a member), (NO 1)<
4 ABLAZE A B[rown] LOAF (laze). Nice use of ‘loaf’ here.
8 SLOBBER S[tone] LOBBER (thrower)
9 IGNORED [s]IGNOR (Italian gentleman, without 1st letter) ED (edition)
11 SCRIPTURAL (CULPRITS AR[e])*
12 NOON A palindrome.
13 PHLOX sounds like ‘flocks’ (lots of birds)
14 NAGASAKI NAG (badger) A SAKI (monkey). The only Saki I knew of till date was HH Munro.
16 BEEFED UP BEE (insect) FED UP (bored)
18 SHOOT dd
20 MAXI MA (old lady) XI (side). Update: I got this one after publishing the post. Had entered SARI at first.
21 FOR CERTAIN FORCE (cogency) (IN ART)*
23 AT FIRST FIRS (trees) in [se]ATT[le]
24 ATTABOY TAB (bill) in A TOY (play)
25 REGALE LAGER (drink) reversed, E (quarter)
26 GRATIS (TAR)< (sailors, reversed) GIs (soldiers)
1 LILAC dd. Shade means ‘colour’ in the cryptic reading.
2 GABRIEL GAL (girl) around BRIE (cheese)
3 OVERTAXED (TO VEX A RED)*. Not sure what ‘public chopped’ is doing in the clue. //Update: There are two sets of wordplay – other than the anagram, there is a charade: OVERT (public) AXED (chopped). Thanks to Gaufrid and Rishi for the explanation.
5 BAGEL BAG (get) EL (‘the’ in Spanish)
6 AMOUNTS (NOT A SUM)*
7 EYE SOCKET E (Eastern) YES (agreement) [r]OCKET (spacecraft, without right)
10 TRANSPIRE (PARTNER IS)*
13 POETASTER (OPERATTAS)*
15 GAS HEATER GAS (talk) EATER (consumer), around H[ome]. A very smooth surface.
17 FAILING F (Faraday) AILING (sick)
19 OUTCAST OUT (not in) CAST (shed)
21 FUSIL FIL[m] around US (American)
22 ICONS CO (Company) [chairma]N, inside IS