Posted by Simon Harris on March 19th, 2011
Drawing a Scorpion on a blogging day is always a little daunting, and this was a thorough workout.
Many of this week’s entries are towns on or near the River Thames. It will be interesting to hear how readers less familiar with the geography of the home counties got on.
For my part, I had a map open by the end of it, but primarily for confirmation of some of the unfamiliar towns, as generally speaking the wordplay was entirely fair.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|7||LECHLADE – (CH + LAD) in LEE. An unfamiliar one, solved from wordplay.|
|9||THAMES – AM in THES, and today’s theme.|
|10||ETON – NOTE<.|
|11||SIDE ORDER – (RED + ROE + DIS)<.|
|12||WALTON – ALT (German for “old”) in NOW<.|
|14||NO LONGER – (L in NOON) + [a la]GER.|
|15||STAINES – hom. of “stains”.|
|17||URGENCY – U + R[e]GENCY.|
|20||OBEDIENT – OBE + (I in DENT).|
|22||HUDSON – ([yo]U in DOSH*) + N. A well-hidden definition, referring to actor Rock Hudson.|
|23||SWORDSMAN – cd. [declare]S + WORDSMAN. A reference to the adage
The pen is mightier than the sword.
|24||DAHL – HAD< + L. Roald Dahl, of course.|
|25||MARLOW – MAR + LOW.|
|26||THE SOMME – THE + (MM (“married pair”) in S[t]O[k]E).|
|1||THIN – [clo]THIN[g].|
|2||SAMSON – SAM’S ON.|
|3||READING – dd.|
|4||STROLLER – S[tuden]T + ROLLER. I’m not sure that a Rolls-Royce and a limo are necessarily the same thing, but the point is clear.|
|5||MAIDENHEAD – (AID + HEN*) in MEAD.|
|6||DECREE – DEC + [t]REE.|
|8||EXTRACT – EX TRACT.|
|13||THIRD WORLD – THIRD (class of honours degree, also known as a “Thora”) + (L in WORD).|
|16||EYES DOWN – [trad]E + YES + DOWN. “House hunters” being a whimsical reference to bingo players in this case.|
|18||COOKHAM – CO + OK + HAM. Another one solved from wordplay only.|
|19||STOMATA – TOMAT[o] in AS<.|
|21||BISHAM – BISH + AM.|
|22||HENLEY – HE + N + LEY.|
|24||DOOM – DO + OM.|