Posted by PeeDee on April 27th, 2011
A good crossword today from Gozo, harder than it looks at first sight.
We have a geography lesson from Gozo: countries, states, riviers and cities - large and small. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of great metropoli such as Karachi with little villages such as Holt - a tiny little Welsh town I used to cycle to for an evening ride during the time I lived in Chester.
I am stuck for a good explanation of 25 across. Can anyone help please?
Looking over the crossword again, all but 4 of the solutions are geographical entities, only ROCK, LION, CARPEL and TUG-OF-WAR are not.
This is is impressive, especially since such an extensive theme does not dominate the crossword. Each clue stands on its own as a normal clue, and the pattern only gradually reveals itself as the solve goes on. Even knowing the theme, solving doesn’t just become a mechanical excerise, the solutions are varied enough that looking through lists on Wikipedia isn’t going to help that much. Well done Gozo!
Hold mouse over clue number to see clue, click a solution to see its definition.
|1||TOBAGO||BAG (catch) inside TOO (also)|
|4||TRINIDAD||New ID (identity) inside TRIAD (chinese secret society) – partner toTobago|
|9||GALWAY||Gramarian (first letter) ALWAYs (for ever cut short)|
|12||FLORENCE||ROLF reversed and EN (‘in’ French) CE (‘this’ French)|
|13||RACINE||(IN CARE)* – also French dramatist and city in Wisconsin – two definitions for the price of one|
|16||BENARES||ARE (live – ‘we live’) inside BENS (Scottish mountains) – colonial name for Varanasi|
|20||SKIDDAW||Small KID (child) and WAD (pile) reversed|
|21||HOLT||double definition – an otter’s den and town on the River Dee.|
|25||ABADAN||Possibly A (first) then D (D-Notice, former name for DA-Notice, press restriction) and A (African, an abbreviation not listed in my Chambers) inside BAN (prohibition) - provincial captial city in Iran. I’m not very happy about this explanation. Alternatively, A (first) and AD (advert=notice) inside BAN (prohibition) – city in Iran, not in Africa. This is the best I can do, can anyone improve on this please?|
|26||KHARTOUM||sounds like “car tomb”|
|29||EL PASO||APpLE (fruit with no core) reversed and SO (therefore)|
|30||LAUSANNE||sUSAN (girl without s=shilling ) inside LANE (country road)|
|31||STROUD||STUD (boss) around OR (gold colour) reversed|
|1||TUG-OF-WAR||definition and cryptic definition|
|2||BALMORAL||BALM (ointment) ORAL (spoken of)|
|6||NEW HAVEN||WHEN* and AVENue (shortened road) – location of Yale University|
|8||DUNDEE||DUNE (sandhill) around DE (‘some’ French)|
|11||SCHELDT||HELD inside SeCT (religious group without e = east) – European river|
|14||KARACHI||Knight on A and then CHAIR*-thanks to marcopolo for the correction|
|17||OKLAHOMA||Cryptic definition – reference to musical of the same name|
|18||COLORADO||COLOR (american spelling) and A DO (a party)|
|19||STAMFORD||STAMp (stamp=press, without p=priest) FORD (crossing)|
|22||CARPEL||peopLE PRACticing reversed – female organ of a flower|
|23||MASERU||ERASMUs* (confused=anagram, endlessly=without last letter)|
|24||ARKLET||(LAKE RT)* – Scottish loch|
|27||LION||LIsbON (outer parts of)|