Posted by nmsindy on June 13th, 2011
Typical good Quixote puzzle, today, entertaining, varied, not too difficult, solving time 24 mins
* = anagram
1 POLIC(e) Y (yard)
4 OB (old boy) UR (old city – of Sumer) in DATE ie OBDURATE
9 E (English) S (shilling) CU (copper – chemical symbol) D (old penny ie pre-decimalisation) O (0ld), all giving ESCUDO. This was Portugal’s currency before it was replaced by the euro but it is still the name of the currency in a variety of places as the clue suggests.
10 PLATYPUS play = frolic t = time p = quietly (music) us
12 SAMARITAN mar (ruin) I in Satan good helper = Samaritan, originally from St Luke’s Gospel (New Testament)
13 EVICT Hidden in ‘thE VICTory’. I thought this was very well hidden and I did not spot it for ages, this was my favourite clue today along with 17 across
14 PRONOUNCEMENTS Pronoun (maybe she, ie an example of a pronoun) cements = fixes
17 WINDOW-SHOPPERS My other joint favourite clue today with misleading context suggesting pop concerts tho it had nothing to do with that .(Pop shows drew in)* but it took a long time before I saw that.
20 HIND (back) U (university)
22 LAEVULOSE This was new to me so I was very glad Quixote gave a straightforward anagram ie (lose value)* – this was my last answer.
24 TRANSMIT M (thousand) in transit (travel)
25 ADAGIO leisurely or slow from music ADA (girl) GI (US soldier) O (love)
26 PRESTIGE P (quiet) REST (period of relaxation) I G (start to gain) E (energy)
27 Willy BRANDT (former German Chancellor) Misleading context suggesting the Chancellor of the Exchequer brand (sword) t (tax initially)
1 PRESS-UP (suppers)* &lit, I guess
2 LOCUM Col (Colonel) going upwards U (superior) M (male)
3 CEDARWOOD (a word)* in (code)*
5 BALANCE SHEET (enables cheat)* Got this on first run through which helped
6 UNTIE aunties with ‘as’ removed ie unwanted
7 APPOINTEE point (purpose) in ape (imitator) e (desire ultimately ie last letter)
8 ER (monarch) SAT (was on throne maybe) Z (last character – in alphabet)
11 STONEWALLING one (individual) W (beginning to wangle) all (everything) in STING (smart)
15 ORIENTATE This was tricky and was my second last answer. Football team (Leyton Orient, London team in lower divisions at present) ATE (had)
16 EXPOUNDER ex-pounder
18 STEP OUT as this could cryptically make pets ie an anagram so ‘pets perhaps’
19 SHUT UP HUT (shed) in SUP (drink)
21 U PSET S (second) in pet (favourite) after U (University)
23 ORGAN organising (making arrangements) less I (one) sing.