Posted by nmsindy on February 28th, 2011
Tough puzzle today from Radian, solving time 48 mins.
All over the clues the phrase “1 of 20″ appeared. Thought that when I cracked 20 after about 10 minutes, the rest of the puzzle might be easy. Far from it!
Themed on last night’s awards, but, thankfully for nmsindy who is v weak on films absolutely no knowledge of films or film stars required. When verifying answers on the Indy website, found they’d put in a special message for the day, to be seen when the last answer is entered, very nice touch.
Quite a tour de force from Radian!
* = anagram
1 CARBOYS 20 is OSCARS so 1 of 20 = OSCAR (by Oscar)* This was a very good clue – definition “They may store acid”
5 HOSTAGE a g in (those)*
9 R ECCE Behold in Latin
10 RHAPSODIC (Oscar Phi’d)* Phi is another Indy setter/compiler
11 SACRAMENTO This was the first of the themed clues I got, State capital of California (Oscar meant)*
12 ONER Name for £1. Reversed Reno = where to split (city in Nevada noted for quick divorces). This was a tip-top clue.
14 CHIAROSCURO (Oscar)* U = for all (film classification) in (choir)*
19 SCAREMONGER m = money in (green Oscar)*
21 RACY Hidden in reverse
22 SCORECARDS (Oscar RE CDs)* RE = Engineers
25 CONSTRAIN Definition, force (Oscar NT)* in
26 SAMOA a MO in SA
27 DISARMS a RM (Resident Magistrate) in Diss (Norfolk town well-known to solvers)
28 CO-STARS t (tense) in (Oscars)*
1 CARUSO U in (Oscar)*
2 ROC O CO
3 OVERARCHES (Oscar he ver)*
4 SCREE first letters of cliff rim in see & lit
5 HEARTH RUG This was excellent hear (pick up) r (rare) in thug
6 SO-SO Put o in lessons and remove the letters of lens
7 ADDENDUM du(c) in (damned)*
8 ESCARGOT (Oscar get)*
13 OSTRACISES (Oscar sites)*
15 IRONCLADS (Oscar d nil)* d = finally scored (last letter)
16 OSTRACOD (Oscar do t)* t = first of tiny
17 VACCINES a cc in (veins)* &lit
19 CRIMEA This refers to Julie London’s great song fr0m the 1950s “Cry me a river” ie “Cry me a” homophone
20 OSCARS (across)*
23 RUNIC RUC = Ulster ex-police, replaced by PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) (RUC in)*
24 STIR (riots)* less o