Posted by Eileen on October 25th, 2010
I’m not sure whether the fact that we had a Brendan puzzle four weeks ago made me more or less surprised to see his appearance again on a Monday.
I always enjoy his puzzles but, when blogging, there’s the underlying anxiety of failing to recognise the theme and I was getting worried this time. The clues themselves were straightforward enough [for Brendan!] but it seemed that the more answers I put in, the less connection they seemed to have with each other – and, three-quarters of the way through, I still hadn’t got 13ac. Pondering LOCO STATION … I suddenly saw COSTA and then things fell into place. Many thanks, Brendan, for a very entertaining start to the week.
5 CHAPEL: CH[urch] + APE [primate] + L[eft]: a nice surface, with the double meaning of ‘primate’.
6 VISITS: V[ery] + T[ime] in ISIS ['academic stream' - the name given to the River Thames as it flows through Oxford]
9 EARFUL: double / cryptic definition. This is puzzling and I think there may be a mistake: the reference must be to the Claudius in ‘Hamlet’ [rather than the Emperor, who may have been murdered by his wife with poisoned mushrooms - but not through his ear!] but it is he who puts poison in the ear of his brother, King Hamlet, as related by the latter’s ghost in Act I Scene v, so it was not fatal for him [except that he was ultimately killed by Prince Hamlet, in revenge, but that's too far-fetched, I think].
10 NAIL FILE: NAIL [secure] + FILE [collection of data]
11 LOCO: double definition
12 STATIONARY: anagram of INTO ART SAY
13 BROKEN BONES: the beautifully positioned key to the puzzle and a lovely clue, with its alternative meaning of ‘setter’! Each row contains a ‘broken’ bone: PELVIS, ULNA, COSTA, TALUS, ANVIL, ANKLE.
18 ORNAMENTAL: NAME [identify] + NT [sacred books] in ORAL [exam]
21 USED: the final letters of yoU aS wE diD
22 BERMUDAN: D in [dividing] an anagram of A NUMBER
23 VILEST: VI [half dozen] + LEST [in case]. [I tried for a minute or two to make ‘valise’ [case] work!]
24 SHRANK: SH [call for quiet] + RANK [row]
25 LETTER: double definition, referring to the expressions ‘the letter of the law’ or ‘to the letter’
1 HALF-HOUR: HAL [Henry] + H[orse] in FOUR [IV]: I liked this one a lot.
2 WELLES: American director Orson, homophone of English writer H G Wells
3 FILIPINO: FIL[l]Ip ['half-hearted boost'] + I[sland] + NO [not so]
4 TIFFIN: hidden in porT IF FINished
5 CRAYON: C[arbon] + RAYON [material]
7 SALARY: reversal of YR [your] + ALAS [statement of misfortune]
8 INCARNATING: INCA [South American people] + N[ew] in RATING [classification]
14 KNEADING: homophone of ‘needing’
15 EQUALITY: E[nglish] + QUALITY [characteristic]
16 GREENS: double definition, depending on double definition of ‘putting': it made me smile.
17 TEASER: EASE [no difficulty] in last letters of tesT papeR
19 ADMIRE: anagram of DREAM I
20 LEVIED: [voic]E + V[erse] in LIED [song]