Posted by nmsindy on December 6th, 2010
Very pleasing puzzle from Glow-worm whose puzzles generally I find at the easier end of the Indy spectrum, solving time, 22 mins. If memory serves Glow-worm has set quite a few excellent puzzles in the Listener series based on (now vanished) children’s games.
* = anagram
1 BODY MASS INDEX (Bond’s sexy maid)* Weight divided by square of height (all in metres) – used as an indication of ideal weight.
8 EPIC Ben-Hur, an example (sample) of an EPIC film hidden in grandiosE PICture-making so a nice &lit touch
9 ECONOMICAL This was skilfully misleading as the clue splits at saving/energy which looked like it might be the definition. E (energy) NO in COMIC A (amateur) L (learner = trainee)
10 HIJACK Another one I liked a lot “high Jack” Jack = sailor
11 DIALECT I’d reversed Alec Guinness (actor) first letter of Timbre
12 FEEDSTUFFS FEED (paid) STUFF (load) Sacks (first letter)
14 ACRE alternate letters of camcorder
15 ISIS Was not sure of this till I got crossing letters so it was my last answer. I think the wordplay is based on Iceland’s IVR code IS so Iceland’s can be read as IS (Iceland) is. Happy to be corrected of course if I’m wrong about that.
17 NEAR MISSES
20 CHEERIO A clever one as it looked initially as if ‘Prosit’ might be part of the anagram material but it’s (choir EE)* prosit = cheerio (drinking toast)
21 NO VICE A good one that raised a smile
23 PORTCULLIS (croup still)* definition = grating
24 GLAD “Happy little girl?” Not 100% sure of the wordplay here, definition glad = happy. Think it might be that Glad is a shortened version of the girl’s name Gladys but not sure about that at all – again ‘glad’ to be corrected.
25 ROCKET SCIENCE Getting this on first run through was a big help. Clue is based on the common expression “It’s not rocket science” ie it’s pretty obvious
1 BAPTISE APT in B IS E Bishop’s = B IS
2 DACHA hidden in BermuDA CHArming
3 MEERKAT “mere cat”
4 SWORD OF DAMOCLES From Greek mythology S (second) WORD (message) OF (from) DAM (ref Hoover Dam in US) (close)* Definition: impending disaster, sword overhead hanging by a single thread
5 I SOB (w)ARS w = point (of the compass)
6 DRIVEWAYS (view)* in drays
7 X FACTOR actor = performer XF reversed = FX = “effects” ie homophone, I think (Thanks to all those who commented on this point, all dicts give FX = special effects so that explains it ie not a homophone)
13 DYSPEPTIC Diary (Pepys)* TIC
16 SUCCOUR “sucker” = shoot
17 NURTURE (turner U)*
18 MENISCI hidden in lensmen is cinematic plural of meniscus = lens
19 ENCLAVE LAV (convenience) in PENCE less P
22 VEGAN First letters of the five words in the clue leading to “for starters”