Posted by Simon Harris on October 20th, 2010
Goodness, this was a bit more of a bruising than I expected today. In fact I really struggled, resorting first to “Reveal Letter” and eventually to “Reveal” simply to get this post filed at a reasonable time. I’ve done my best to explain things, but I’m sure there are some gaps for commenters to fill.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||AGUE – [pr]AGUE.|
|4||ROMAN A CLEF – (FOR MACLEAN)*.|
|9||POMPOM – POMP + OM.|
|10||SUPERTAX – SUP + EXTRA*.|
|11||INDEFINITELY – IN + DEFINITELY.|
|13||ABUSED – A + BUS + ED.|
|14||ASSENTOR – ASS + ETON + [headmaste]R.|
|16||FIREARMS – IRE in FARMS.|
|18||AVESTA – A + VESTA. Apparently
the primary collection of sacred texts of Zoroastrianism, composed in the Avestan language.
|19||INTRANSIGENT – IN TRANSI[t] + GENT.|
|22||COTENANT – NOTE* in CANT.|
|23||ELATED – [r]ELATED.|
|24||LADY CHAPEL – LAD + (CHAP in YE) + L.|
|25||TATI – TAT + I.|
|2||GROUNDBAIT – (BOAT DURING)*. Probably unfamiliar to most non-anglers, such as myself, but quite solvable once the anagram is spotted.|
|3||EXPRESS DELIVERY – PRESS in (EX + DELIVERY), I think, but is “shop” really “delivery”?|
|4||REMAINDER – (MAIN[e] in RED) + RE<, I think.|
|5||MESSINA – MESS + IN A.|
|6||NAPPE – this totally beat me. The def. is “rock”, since this is a
large mass of rock thrust a considerable distance along a nearly horizontal fault plane or in an overturned anticlinal fold, but I don’t know who the musician is.
|7||CARRY ON SERGEANT – (ACTOR’S ENERGY RAN)*.|
|8||EDAM – (MAD + E)<.|
|12||CONTINGENT – G in CONTINENT.|
|15||STAR SHELL – (TAR in SS) + HELL.|
|17||START UP – STAR TUP. Very clever, it took me ages to see this one. A “tup” is an uncastrated male sheep.|
|20||TEACH – T + EACH.|
|21||CODA – COD + A.|