Posted by Simon Harris on December 9th, 2010
I’ve just discovered that tomorrow, it will be exactly two years since I started blogging here, so many thanks to everyone who has commented and helped me out in that time. Coincidentally, due to changing work commitments, this will also be my last weekday Indy blog post, for a while at least.
That being the case, I was particularly interested to see who was in store for me, but as it stands the applet isn’t displaying the setter’s pseudonym, so I’m none the wiser! Perhaps readers who have access to a hard copy can enlighten us.
It was slightly unnerving to tackle this without knowing who I was grappling with, but thankfully the puzzle wasn’t too hard, and quite a few clues were solved by spotting the definition, before even looking into the wordplay. That several of the longer answers fell in early on was a big help too. There are a few loose ends for readers to help me to clear up.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||FREE – dd.|
|4||IRKED – K in DIRE*.|
|7/13||THE ARISTOCRACY – (EAR in THIS) + TO + C + RACY.|
|9||ALBERT – I’m not sure I follow this one – “link to time?”.|
|10||EINSTEIN – E + IN + STEIN.|
|11||WHIP – W + HIP.|
|12||RESPIRATOR – RE + ((P + IRA) in STOR[e]).|
|15||ISIS – I’m a little unsure here. Isis the name given to the Thames as it flows through Oxford and past the University, so that’s “Academic stream”, but “firsts endlessly given”? It could be 1s[t] + 1s[t] but I don’t feel confident of that.|
|17||GENE – G + ENE.|
|18||SEATTLE – A in SETTLE.|
|20||JUST IN CASE – dd.|
|21||COWS – CO + W[illiam] S[hakespeare].|
|23/4D||COMPOUND INTEREST – I’m unsure here too: is this just a convoluted cd. or is there more to it?|
|25||MEASLY – ME + A + SLY.|
|26||YET – YET[i].|
|27||LENIN – (NINE + L)<.|
|28||YOOF – (0 + 0) in (Y + F). I think “pair” here is the cricketing term: if a batsman scores 0 in both innings, that’s known as a pair.|
|2/22/14A||RALPH WALDO EMERSON – (WHOM ALL READ + PROSE)* + N.|
|3||EVER-PRESENT – EVE + R + SERPENT*.|
|5||KEEPS ONE’S HAND IN – dd.|
|6/16||DENNIS WATERMAN – (WARM AND INTENSE)*. Great anagram.|
|7||TOT – O in TT.|
|8||EPITOMISE – EP + I + (IS in TOME).|
|14||EXECUTORY – EX + EC + U + TORY.|
|19||ANNUAL – NU in ANAL.|
|24||PIT – PI + [pries]T.|