Posted by Eileen on June 9th, 2011
Rather surprisingly, it’s me for the second time this week. I was asked to stand in – it’s not that I put in a special request for a Gordius!
8 BEDSTRAW: BED [plot] + [Jack] STRAW [former minister]: this seemed an unlikely name for a plant but here it is: apparently it used to be used to stuff mattresses.
9 ORISON: O [nothing] + [p]RISON ['no soft sentence' ]: I remembered this from ‘Hamlet': ‘Nymph in thy orisons / Be all my sins remember’d.’
10 AUBURN: AU [gold] + BURN [stream]
11 TAPROOTS: anagram of PARTS TOO – & lit
12 NIGH: NIGH[t]
13 CONSTRAINT: CON [study] + anagram of TRANSIT
15 GYMSLIP: anagram of SLIMY in GP [doctor]
16 CANDOUR: CAN [is able] + DO [satisfy - as in 'That'll do me'] + UR [the eternal old city]
18 AESTHETICS: [an]AESTHETICS: surely the clue should read ‘numbers’? Both the paper and online version have the singular.
19 SATE: anagram of TEAS
20 COLANDER: CO [firm] + LAND [terrain] + ER ['hang on']
22 TORERO: TORE [ripped] + reversal of OR
23 SILENT: reversal of IS + LENT [advanced]: William [the Silent] of Orange [1533-1584] was the leader of the Dutch revolt against Spain.
24 CORTEGES: EG [say] in CORTES [Spanish and Portuguese Parliament]: for just one moment, I thought this was a very dodgy homophone and was ready to appeal to Stella!
1 SECURITY DEPOSIT: anagram of RUSE I [one] CITY DESPOT
2 AS MUCH AS IT TAKES: I think I’m missing something here: my grandson has recently taken to the Guardian quick crossword. I haven’t managed to interest him in cryptics yet but I think he could manage this one.
3 TRANSCRIBE: anagram of RBS CERTAIN: as often with Gordius, I don’t see the significance of the ellipses, either.
4 TWO-TONE: not quite two ton[n]e [2204.62 pounds] but more than 40 hundredweight [2240 pounds]: this seemed to be the wrong way round but, of course, it’s the words, not the weights: not quite two ton[n]e but more than two ton – I think! [Please see Andrew's comment 2!]
5 COOP: double definition: CO-OP: a few weeks ago, someone – I can’t remember who but many thanks, anyway – provided a link to this much-loved sketch, which I showed to said grandson. I think this clue justifies another viewing!
6 BIPOLAR DISTRESS: a reverse anagram [distress] of BLIP OR A [ Correction: this should be DISORDER - thanks, tupu and Andrew]
7 NO STONE UNTURNED: cryptic [?] definition
14 TRANSITORY: anagram of ARTS IN + TORY [this party?]
17 PIBROCH: PI [religious] + BRO[ther] + CH[urch]: the classical music of the bagpipe
21 DATA: DA [lawyer] + TA [thanks]