Posted by nmsindy on May 23rd, 2011
Very tough puzzle today from Radian, but I got there in the end, solving time 67 mins. The lower half of the grid I found particularly difficult.
Think I have seen Radian associated with golf in the past, either in comments he made here or previous puzzles – it was pretty clear from reading the clues that golf had a lot to do with this and the grid itself suggested a theme from the start. nmsindy has to admit his knowledge of golf is very limited and that might have made it a bit harder for him, tho, after doing the puzzle, he knows a few golfing terms he was not aware of before.
At the very end saw the Nina ie message in the outer columns referring of course to 8 down who sadly passed away at a relatively young age quite recently.
* = anagram
5 STYMIE M1 (big road) in STYE (eyesore) The first golfing reference ie where one ball blocks another’s route to the hole on the green, with the term having passed into the language in general
6 BY-LINE This was the only across clue I solved on first run through BY (Times = multiplied by) N (name) in LIE (story)
9 VICTOR VI (sixth) eg George VI to in cr (abbrev for crown)
10 AMERICAS (aims care)*
11 ACME M (first letter) Muirfield a golf course ace = hole-in-one (l learned today)
12 GOLF COURSE g = good of course = naturally L = first driver (ie learner driver)
13 SHANKS’S PONY to shank is to hit one particular type of bad shot in golf (this was new to me) sp (odds) on y (variable). The definition is just ‘pins’ I think from pin = legs ie to walk on foot. I thought for ages that the first word was CHINESE perhaps some golfing term I’d not heard of.
18 LIGHT (Illuminate) GREEN (putting area – golf). The ‘putting’ here was cleverly misleading.
21 SPIV VIPs reversed
22 ELDORADO hidden (took me ages to spot it)
23 B ROGUE Birkdale is another golf course
24 SWEDES turnips s (small) (weeds)*
25 SLICED This was a magnificent clue, I thought. decibels reversed less be = live with the definition simply ‘cut’
1 EYE TEETH TEE = place to drive (golf) after EY (early empty) in ETH (the ground) ie ground indicating the anagram of ‘the’
2 OIL RIG girl 10 all going upwards
3 RYDER CUP c (clubs) in (prudery)* Golf competition between Europe and the USA with which 8 down was v much associated, I think.
4 MI (musical note) LIE (where the ball lands – golf) U (posh)
5 STITCH hits reversed over first letters in (the clubhouse) – golf term for the leaders who have already completed their round tho others still on the course could yet pass them.
7 ELAPSE E (Spain) S (special) PALE all reversed – refers to pale ale, I think
8 BALLESTEROS (a ter ble loss)* & lit, I guess
14 NO-GO AREA no (number) are (live) in Goa (now part of India)
15 NO SLOUCH (Coulson)* H (first letter of hacking). Reference to phone hacking controversy
16 TITLES ties = games containing tl (exceptional style ie alternate letters within style if I have understood this right)
17 LIQUID Along withj 25A, this was my favourite clue today “Just over £50″ = 51 pounds ie LI QUID! definition; in cash
19 HOOKER this took me ages to get thinking it might be an anagram of ‘golfer’, in fact it refers to hook (another type of bad golf shot I’ve learned about today)
20 NO-BALL hidden reversal, which curiously after the golf references refers to cricket (which I know more about). If a bowler breaks a rule when bowling, the batting side is given an extra run.