Posted by The Trafites on July 10th, 2011
Nick: Total failure this week; if this was a boxing match, Azed KO’ed me early in the fight (4th round?)
I hate PD clues – hate them, and cannot ever recall completing a PD type puzzle.
To recap the rules:
Each clue, except 5, is a passage from which the printer has removed a hidden answer, closing the gap and sometimes taking liberties with the punctuation, but not disturbing the order of the remaining letters.
Example: Vaulting above tunnel entrance appears inane, scary.
Undevilled version: Vaulting above tunnel entrance appears in an escape story.
Every passage, when complete, makes sense.
I think the reason I cannot do these is that my mind sub-consciously reads the clue as some indication of the definition of the solution, and I find myself continueously adjusting my thoughts to stop doing this, which of course could induce madness pretty quickly.
Hats off to all those that completed this, and over to you, the readers, to put me out of my misery!
|1.||On my plough, cut chunks of bread and cheese (7)|
|ATELIER||On my plATE LIE Rough cut chunks of bread and cheese|
|7.||It’s important to game that we quicken the pace (4)|
|INTI||It’s important to gaIN TIme that we quicken the pace|
|10.||Can you afford to resand a second car? (9)|
|UNAMERCED||Can you afford to rUN A MERCEDes and a second car?|
|11.||Using old methods a doctor studies specimens – his luck’s out (5)|
|12.||Is our local, Pat, to close with dwindling support for hops? (6)|
|LAISSE||Is our local PaLAIS SEt to close with dwindling support for hops?
clever clue – had me trying to fit ‘pUB … AT’ in here
|14.||I haven’t seen the whole group but there was OK show last night (8)|
|NEONATAL||I haven’t seen the whole group but there was ONE ON A TALK show last night|
|15.||It’s most important which back to play with (4)|
|17.||Memories of earlier mistakes return to give the repast sense of shame (7)|
|ENTERAL||Memories of earlier mistakes return to give the repENTER A Last sense of shame
|18.||I often read through the sport’s past performance (9)|
|PERSONATE||I often read through the sport’s paPERS ON A TEst performance|
|21.||Ales getting drunk after exams but school turns a blind eye (9)|
|23.||Does the pithiest poet make the most of the fees? (7)|
|25.||As mystics go I’d place him well up in the swanking! (4)|
|MIRA||As mystics go I’d place him well up in the swaMI RAnking!
I had ‘swAMI Ranking’ here for ages, which, of course, got me stuck for 8dn, trying to fit such words as ‘tandoori’ in
|27.||A billy found in Dutch waters (8)|
|29.||Katharina is that feisty, lamed by Petruchio (6)|
|30.||Striving for an audience, an orator in the middle of the fowls (5)|
|31.||The angry captain cautioned his first man dressing down (9, 2 words)|
|TEA TASTER||The angry captain cautioned his first maTE AT A STERn dressing down
|32.||His voice may be heard in English homily (4)|
|33.||The last in the series filtered group of academics at work (7)|
|1.||Unmoved by alms, Tony faced withholding charity (7)|
|A–N—||? – this could be: ‘Unmoved by a lAX IN ITEm sTony-faced withholding charity’, but what it all means I do not know, and also it would make my 2dn wrong (which I think it is)|
|2.||Could others make a better fist of things than the selected? (4)|
|THEE||Could others make a better fist of things than these THE Elected?
I’ve got a feeling this is totally wrong
|3.||In face of angry mobs I’ve never set urge to wield a baton (10)|
|4.||Trivial malfunctioning in a computer pad, maybe (7)|
|INSANER||Trivial malfunctioning in a computer paINS A NERd, maybe|
|*5.||Christian festival (6)|
|EASTER||The competition word – I would have loved to be able to enter this|
|6.||Why is the Brie ring her ensemble for the ceremony? (5)|
|DEALT||Why is the BriDE ALTering her ensemble for the ceremony?|
|7.||I love knitting, especially gloves – this paid for my wife’s birthday (4)|
|IRID||I love knitting, especially gloves – this paIR I Did for my wife’s birthday|
|8.||Earlier elections gave us Labour MPs but after the layman prevailed (8)|
|TESTATOR||Earlier elections gave us Labour MPs but after the laTEST A TORy man prevailed|
|9.||A poor recent record has meant my supporting the sot less (5)|
|IDEAL||A poor recent record has meant my supporting the sIDE A Lot less|
|13.||In India after the bet is in plentiful supply (10)|
|S-RA-I—-||? I think this is: ‘In India after the beST RATIO TESt is in plentiful supply’|
|16.||‘In’ latex was clearly a subject far from taboo in Rome (8)|
|19.||Might Oscar ever have preferred his image of brawn? (7)|
|20.||For an obliquity may reveal his title’s origins (7)|
|22.||You have a dog, do you? Mating whatever it fancies? (6)|
|23.||You’ll find many lionized in life nod lower (5)|
|24.||It can be unbearably painful to pull out (5)|
|26.||Before a banquet host’s listing wines to be served (4)|
|28.||If it’s there on offer, you’l always see a hat free of charge (4)|