Posted by Eileen on November 5th, 2010
I’ve had a soft spot for Orlando since my first blog, which was a very enjoyable crossword of his, and I always enjoy his more frequent Cincinnus puzzles in the FT. Today he has endeared himself further to me! A fun puzzle with some excellent surfaces and wordplay.
1 SKOPJE: S[arkozy] + KOP [stand] + JE [first person in French] – a lovely smooth surface to start with. Skopje is the capital of Macedonia.
2 CHANCER: CHANCER[y] [court docked]
9 GASOMETER: I was hoping this would come to me while typing and, fortunately, it just has: ‘buggy’ is an anagram indicator, so it’s an anagram of GREAT around SOME [unspecified amount]
10 CHURL: C [about] + HURL [cast]
11 ENNIS: [t]ENNIS
12 ARISTOTLE: ARISE [spring] around TOT [child] + L[ine] – my favourite clue, I think.
13 THERESA: reference to the lovely song from ‘West Side Story’, ‘THERE’S A place for us’ and also to the ‘silly book titles’ which were doing the rounds when I was a child – and probably even long before that – and may not be familiar to younger readers. The best-known one perhaps was “‘The broken window’, by Eva Brick” and there were also “‘Forestry’ by Theresa Green” and [next clue] “‘A Cliff Tragedy’ by Eileen Dover” – which was something of a bugbear for me, at school.
14 EILEEN: homophone of I LEAN [tend]
17 CORNET: double definition
15 DYNASTY: D[irt]Y + NASTY [unpleasant]: reference to the 1980s American TV soap
22 REFUSENIK: another example of Mr Curl’s trademark misleading linking of words ['trash can'] [cf Childline' in 12ac] which we need to separate: REFUSE [trash] + NI[c]K, nick and can both being slang for prison. Super.
24 SATIN: hidden in coronerS AT IN quest
26 HOVEL: HOVE [resort on South coast] + L[eft]
27 GO IT ALONE: anagram of ANGEL I TOO
28 SUSS OUT: S[outh] US [American] S[outh - bridge player] + OUT [abroad]
1 SEGMENT: G MEN [American agents] in SET [ready]
2 ORSON WELLES: anagram of SORE + SWOLLEN
3 JAMES DEAN: JAM [fix] + anagram of NEEDS A
4 CARMINE: anagram of CREAM IN, with another unusual indicator
5 ASCOT: SCOT [payment] with A first
6 COUNTLESS: COUNT LESS
7 ROLLER: double definition. I hadn’t heard of the bird but it’s a pretty little thing, as you can see here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roller It apparently gets its name because it does somersaults in flight.
8 OTTAWA: OTT [too much] + AWA[y]
14 ETON FIVES: ETON [reversal of NOTE - reminder] + FIVES [numbers] – a hand-ball game similar to Rugby Fives
16 LANDSCAPE: LAND [get] + S[etter] + CAPE [head]
18 TONIGHT: ON in TIGHT [mean] – another song from the same show but I don’t think we could call it a theme.
19 DIK-DIK: reversal of KID KID [fool repeatedly]
20 YONKERS: Y[ear] in place of B[ritish] in BONKERS [mad]
21 BRAHMS: BRAHMINS [some Hindus] dropping ‘in’
23 SALVO: V[ietnamese] in anagram of LAOS
23 TROLL: TOLL [charge] about R[ight]