Posted by Simon Harris on October 16th, 2010
After drawing two Saturday Anax puzzles in a row, including one of which I barely managed half, I’ll admit to being a little relieved to see Radian appear this week. Radian has consistently produced some of my favourite Saturday puzzles, and this one was a lot of fun too.
I made a slow start, though the first two entries in, TENONS and TENANT were so similar that something interesting had to be afoot. EXTENT and TENNER seemed to confirm that each entry might contain the word TEN. But what’s this? AXON doesn’t follow suit. Of course, X is just “10″ in another guise.
FORTY-TWO nearly threw me, but on closer inspection every single clue or entry here contains at least one representation of or reference to the number ten. This must be due to the fact that the Sunday following the publication of the puzzle was the 10th of October 2010, or 10/10/10.
So, all that remains is to pass on my many thanks to Radian for an enjoyable puzzle which must have been a heck of a lot of work to put together.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|5||GLUTEN – GLUT + E[uropea]N.|
|6||SEXTET – S + EXTE[n]T.|
|9||PLATEN – T[h]E in PLAN.|
|10||ROTENONE – TENON in ROE.|
|11||AXON – (N + OX + [aid]A)<. "Nervous conductor" is a nice humorous definition here.|
|12||RADIOPHONE – (HER IPOD ON A)*. The “10″ here is the letters “IO”, plus the entry has ten letters, so one might say that there’s a (10) in the clue, too.|
|13||OSTENTATION – OS + TENT + AT + 10 + N.|
|18||EXPERIENCE – ERI[n] in EX PENCE.|
|21||TAXI – TA + XI.|
|22||FORTY-TWO – The answer to “the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 42 is 101010 in binary, whilst “tomorrow” was 10/10/10 for those of us that solved this on the day.|
|23||ANOXIA – not 100% sure here, the clue seems to imply ANXIO[us]*, but that leaves an A missing.|
|24||TENANT – ANNE* in TT.|
|25||ATTEND – T[i]T[l]E in AND.|
|1||BUTT ENDS – [a]TTEND in BUS.|
|2||TENNER – RENNET<.|
|3||TENT COAT – (ONCE AT)* in TT.|
|4||STENCH – S + TENCH.|
|5||GALAXY – GAL + X + Y.|
|7||TENONS – [ea]TEN ON S[unday].|
|8||CREDIT UNION – UNI in CREDITON. Perhaps easiest for those of us born in Devon; I’m not sure how well-known Crediton would be globally. Another “IO” in this entry.|
|14||EXISTENT – IS in EXTENT.|
|15||OUTBOXED – (BOUT + DE[t]OX])*.|
|16||EXHORT – (HER TO + X)*.|
|17||OX-BIRD – (X in BIRO)* + D[ocument].|
|19||EXTENT – NEXT* in ET.|
|20||EXHALTS – (SEX[y] TAL[k])*.|