Posted by Simon Harris on June 12th, 2011
This week we have an auspicious puzzle number of 1,111, and a helpfully Ninafied grid to match.
At 1ac we have FOUR-EYES followed by, well, four Is, while along the bottom row we have the four Is repeated, followed by ANABLEPS, a fish with – and you may be spotting the pattern here readers – four eyes.
The suspicion that those four entries began, and another four ended with an “I” was actually a big help in solving this one. After a brisk start I had just about ground to a halt when the device was spotted. All in all a very enjoyable week.
At the time of blogging, the wordplay for 34ac and 26dn eludes me, though I’m sure passing readers can help me out.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||FOUR-EYES – FOU[l] + RE + YES.|
|11||CALDRON – (Al + DR) in CON.|
|12||MERCERS – CE in M + ERRS.|
|13||BLEND – B[o]L[d] + END.|
|14||AREACH – AREA + CH.|
|15||TENSE – dd. I think this entry appeared in both IoS prize crosswords this week.|
|16||RESPIRE – R + (P in (E _ RISE<)).|
|19||OUTLEARN – (LORE AUNT)*.|
|23||DECANTER – CAN in DETER.|
|27||ANODYNE – ANNOYED*.|
|28||LARKY – [cape]R in LAKY.|
|31||THEIST – T+ HEIST.|
|32||ANZIO – NZ in (A + IO).|
|33||INGRATE – [see]ING RAT E[vade].|
Hush over conduct in storeroom.
|35||ANABLEPS – (ABLE + P) in ANS.|
|1||FUMADO – F + UM + ADO.|
|2||OVERTURN – OVERT + URN.|
|3||UNREST – U + (R in NEST).|
|4||RECALLED – (DELL + ACER)<.|
|5||ERECTED – ERE + C[onsolidate] + TED.|
|6||EASTER – T in (EASE + R).|
|7||IDLE – [h]ELD I[t]<.|
|8||IRENIC – IRE + N + IC.|
|9||IONS – ON in IS.|
|10||INDEED – DENIED*.|
|17||PONDERAL – [w]ONDER in PAL.|
|18||REED STOP – DESERT* + OP.|
|20||NASHGAB – HAGS* in BAN<.|
|21||DALASI – AS in DALI.|
|22||BORZOI – OR in (B + ZOI[c]).|
|24||ENSIGN – S in [b]ENIGN.|
|25||TRIAGE – TR + I AGE.|
Carnivores head round mound.
|29||ANTI – (IT + N.A.)<.|
|30||KIWI – hom. of “key wee”.|