Posted by Simon Harris on December 11th, 2010
Tyrus puzzles are never what one might describe as “easy”, but I thought this was going to be a blogging disaster until the theme, and subsequently perimeter Nina were spotted. I still had a lot of work to do to polish things off.
For those unfamiliar with the subject matter, this classic sketch should explain things.
There’s one tiny detail of the wordplay for 15dn that I don’t follow.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|6||OLEG – [m]OLE G[overnment].|
|8||ODOUR – 0 + DOUR.|
|9||RUED – hom. of “rude”. The
Sorryin the clue is a reference to another of 2/3’s series.
|10||FELL ON – L[ead] in FELON.|
|11||BOOT HILL – BOOTH + ILL. The “general” is William Booth, so the army is in fact the Salvation Army.|
|12||FLEET – E[ndian] in LEFT*.|
|13||EMERGE – (E.G. + REME)<.|
|16||SOUNESS – (SONS USE)*.|
|18||GLASSES – L in GASSES.|
|20||EIGHTY – hom. of “A T”. It took me a while to explain this one. A and T are the “constituents” of the word “at”.|
|21||TODAY – from TOADY, with D nudged “back” (though we’ve had furious debates here in the past whether that’s backwards or forwards!)|
|24||LENIENCE – NEIL* + [p]ENCE.|
|26||MYSELF – [a]MY’S + ELF.|
|27||DAME – MAD< + [aussi]E.|
|28||RACES – SCARE*.|
|29||SHOO – SHOO[k].|
|1||ULCER – LUCRE*.|
|2/3||RONNIE CORBETT – (ONCE ROBERT IN)* + T.|
|4||ARBOREAL – [c]OBRA< + REAL.|
|5||NEGLIGEES – EE in LEGGINGS*. Author E.E. Cummings.|
|7||GOLDFINCH – GOLD + FIN + CH. The “or” = GOLD is well-hidden here.|
|9||RAH – RA[s]H.|
|14||ESSAYISTS – SAY in [r]ESISTS.|
|15||POLICEMAN – something + ICE + MAN, but why is “Head’s brief” = POL?|
|17||SAYONARA – SAY + ON + A + R + A[head].|
|19||STRETCH – ST + [w]RETCH.|
|22||DAMASK – DA + MASK.|
|23||FLOOR – (L in ROOF)<.|
|25||IRE – I + RE.|