Posted by Simon Harris on November 13th, 2010
I would normally panic at seeing Nimrod’s name appear on a blogging day, but with a two hour train journey ahead of me, this was a welcome challenge.
I’d filled about two thirds of the grid by the time I reached Sheffield, and was staring blankly at the remainder. Mother and sister offered to help, but I pooh-poohed that idea since this is a Nimrod, and they have next to no cryptic crossword experience between them. They couldn’t possibly help.
Of course, they promptly spotted ADRIFT, TROLL and OWNER (“I thought you said this was supposed to be hard”) (“We used to think you were smart for being able to solve these puzzles”).
Suitably humbled, back in London I had to cheat to get GAUCHERIE, though in retrospect, it seems entirely fair, and finally GARDENING dropped into place.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||ADRIFT – AD + RIFT.|
|5||SET OFF – dd.|
|10||EAT ME – [gastronom]E AT ME[altimes].|
|11||OLIVE DRAB – (D in OLIVER) + AB.|
|12||FUNERAL DIRECTOR – (FOR CERTAIN RULED)*.|
|13||NOISE – IS in (NO + E).|
|15||GAUCHERIE – hom. of “Go, Cherie!”. I spent ages trying to make [c]HERIE fit in somehow.|
|16||UNNATURAL – (A TURN)* in ULNA*.|
|17||RUN IN – dd.|
|18||GREEN REVOLUTION – GREEN (a feature of a golf course, specifically) + REVOLUTION.|
|21||NITRATION – NIT + RATION.|
|22||PILAU – (Muhammad ALI in UP)<.|
|23||PENANG – (N + N + PAGE)*.|
|24||RESIST – IS in REST.|
|2||DETENTION CENTRE – very clever. ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) is the “centre” of the word “detention”, i.e. [det]ENT[ion].|
|3||IN EARNEST – I + NEAR NEST.|
|4||TROLL – dd.|
|5||SPIRITUAL – SP + I + RITUAL.|
|6||THERE – THE RE. A sapper is a particular type of soldier.|
|7||FIRST PRINCIPLES – F + (TRIPLE + CRISPS IN)*.|
|8||SELF-INDULGENT – FIND in (S + ELUL + GENT).|
|9||ABERDEEN ANGUS – NEED< in ABE RANG US. This made me smile.|
|14||GARDENING – I think this is (G + NINE + DRAG)<. The Ennead were a particular group of nine Greek things, so “G Nine”.|
|15||HARRUMPHS – RUMP in HARSH, but with the SH reversed to HS, since they are “curling up”.|
|19||NYALA – [ke]NYA LA[tterly].|
|20||OWNER – [d]OWNER.|