Posted by nmsindy on December 20th, 2010
A themed puzzle from Radian as was clear from a first look at the clues with a lot of them referring to the answer at 13.
Will leave a gap so as readers won’t inadvertently see the theme.
This puzzles marks the 150th anniversary (20 December 1860) of the first Ordinance of Secession (Carolina) that led to the American Civil War. As it happened there was an article about this that I had read in yesterday’s IoS by Rupert Cornwell so the theme came quickly enough. Radian packed a huge amount of thematic material in, and referred to all of the secession states, I think. That was quite an achievement. This forced some unfamiliar words into the grid and made it quite a difficult puzzle but I got there in the end, solving time 52 mins.
* = anagram
1 ARCADIA r (republican) in Acadia (old French colony in N America)
5 FLORIDA The first reference to 13 (SLAVE STATES) reverses A DI ROLF (Harris, by coincidence he also featured in an interview in yesterday’s IoS)
9 A MISS abbrev for Missouri
10 TOOL-MAKER loo (card game) reversed in (market)*
11 DON QUIXOTE “Idiot at inn doesn’t finish audio book” Got this right, and verified on Indy website but can’t see the wordplay.
12 SLUR Double definition
13 SLAVE STATES SLAV ESTATES
18 AS UGLY AS SIN ugly for the 2nd s in ASSASSIN
21 OATH (a hot)*
22 OPEN SESAME This was amusing Open Golf and sesame seed
25 INS TALLER
26 SOUTH ref South Carolina O (Oscar, code word) in (shut)*
27 ALA BAMA Obama less O
28 HEEHAWS h (husband) (Shawnee)* less n = name Good definition, ass shouts
1 AWARDS WAR D in AS (Middle East) centre letters
2 CLIENT LIEN in CT
3 DISBURSAL S (small) RUBS (problems) all reversed in DIAL = ring
4 AR TEX One of the less familiar words but gettable from the wordplay
5 FRONTIERS R (river) in (first one)*
6 O HMS o = old and alternate letters of hymns
7 INKBLOTS (blinks to)* used in inkblot test by ‘shrink’ = psychiatrist
8 AIRBRUSH R in AIRBUS H = height
14 A CAPPELLA “Unaccompanied work lacking appeal after monarch leaves” Another one I got right and verified on the website, but don’t understand the wordplay
15 TENNES SEE ref Mack Sennett
16 CAROLINA (no racial)*
17 PUT TO SEA Fatboy = putto Slim’s beginning (1st letter) EA (each)
19 VALUTA This was my last answer VA (Virginia) L (pound) UT (note – musical) A
20 TETHYS (they)* in ST reversed. Glad of the easy wordplay for this word which was new to me. drink = sea, this one from prehistory
23 NORTH (Rt Hon)* There was a Prime Minister (PM) North once
24 GA LA GALAHAD less HAD, I think.