Posted by Simon Harris on January 8th, 2011
Something a little bit different from Phi here, to mark New Year’s Day.
This week’s puzzle has a preamble, which tells us:
Seven answers are suitably modified before entry to reflect the season.
This made for a relatively slow start, as answers were noted down next to the clues, and individual letters only inked in to the grid when checking confirmed them. Sure enough, before long, some clashes emerged, and it became apparent that they could be resolved by replacing the word OLD with NEW, as befits a “new year’s resolution”.
From then on things fell in pretty smoothly, though FINZI, FELSITIC and YAPON were new to me and had to be checked before I was confident enough to write them in.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|6||OLD AGE – (EGAD + LO)<.|
|8||SAUCEPAN – SAUCE + PAN.|
|9||FINZI – FIN[ale] + ZI[p]. Gerald Finzi was apparently
one of the most admired British composers of the 20th Century, though I cannot claim to be familiar with his work.
|10||CASHMERE – CASH + MERE.|
|11||OLD MOONS – (SOLOMON + [grun]D[y])*.|
|12||ANON – N in (A + ON). “On” being the leg side in cricket.|
|15||FLUSHING MEADOWS – FLUSHING + (ADO in MEWS).|
|17||DOOR – DO[n]OR.|
|19||FELSITIC – ITSELF* + IC[e].|
|20||ASBESTOS – BEST in A SOS. Interesting that “best” and “worst” can be synonyms!|
|23||YAPON – YAP ON.|
|24||OLD WORLD – [b]OLD + (L in WORD).|
|25||ENIGMA – I in (ENG + MA).|
|1||OLDFANGLED – FOLD* + ANGLED.|
|2||BARN OWLS – (NOW + L) in BARS.|
|3||WUSS – W[ork] + USS.|
|4||OLD MAN – L[ande]D in OMAN.|
|5||PAIR – P + AIR.|
|7||EPISODIC – PI in COPIES*.|
|8||SECOND GUESSED – SECOND + hom. of “guest”.|
|13||OLD ECONOMY – (COME + ONLY DO)*.|
|14||OLD STYLE – SOLD* + hom. of “tile”.|
|16||DUTY-PAID – (PAY IT)* in DUD.|
|18||ONE-TWO – O + ([midnigh]T in (NEW + O)).|
|21||SHED – SH[r]ED.|
|22||TERM – [win]TER M[onths].|