Posted by Stella on March 27th, 2011
A typically entertaining puzzle from Everyman. Unusually for this setter, though, there’s one clue I can’t quite parse (see below). It’s probably my fault, so any suggestions welcome.
A + VERSE
|8||KEEP ONE’S CHIN UP||
KEEP + *IN SUCH OPEN
I in *LEWD
T(emple) + ASK FOR + C (of) E
B(ishop) + *HELMET HE
F(ollowing) +EL + ON
There’s been much comment recently about one letter standing for a word. In what context is ‘f’ used for ‘following’?
<PA + PLY as in ‘Come those who ply the seas’ (Pirates of Penzance)
RE + FRESHER, ie. freshman when I was at University. We weren’t so PC then
Triple definition, the dessert being an apple charlotte.
HER + ON
I find Chambers gives BRIEF as a slang word for a lawyer, especially a barrister, though it’s the first time I’ve seen it.
ha. insiDE CENTre
FE + DORA
AS + KEW (Gardens, in London)
S + WORDPLAY
I think ‘lively argument’ must be a euphemism!
|4||EXCUSE MY FRENCH||
At first. I put in ‘pardon my French’, until the crossing letters forced me to change.
S + TIFF
|7||BEAT THE RETREAT||
*A BETTER THEATRE
Homophone of ‘tenor’
B + RANCH, which would actually be an American farm
FREE = ‘complimentary’ + HOUSE
For those unfamiliar with British pubs, a free house is one not tied to a particular brewery, which sells a variety of beers.
R in PAIR + I + E
(skirmis)H + ORATIO(n)
EG in LIE
The answer some tried instead of Tosca earlier this week!
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