Posted by nmsindy on July 11th, 2011
Gentle and enjoyable Monday puzzle from Quixote, solving time 16 mins, which is v fast for me.
* = anagram
1 PR (pair) IN CE (Church) Even most Indy readers will know that this refers to the events of Friday 29 April when a special public holiday was declared…
4 S (Society) MOULDER (go bad)
10 TRIUMPHAL U (visible to all – cinema classification) MPH (speed) in TRIAL (test). The definition is “victory’s” indicating the adjective.
11 DEBAG middle letters (section) of insiDE BAGgage
12 HANSEL AND GRETEL This helped to make the puzzle easy as it stood out from the letter-count (if you had heard of it as I guess most would have). (All the anger ends)* giving an extremely good surface reading
13 ROST (roast = get very hot less a = adult ie passing out) RUM (odd)
15 A ROUND (cycle)
17 GirL A RED Heartless = take the middle letters out
19 AMBIENT I (one) in MBE (honour), all inside ANT (worker)
22 MOMENT OF INERTIA Rather cleverly defined as “something mentioned in the applied maths class”. If you want to know, it’s a quantity from physics expressing a body’s tendency to resist angular acceleration. Second definition is cryptic.
24 ALIBI LIB (old politician I guess as they are now the Lib Dems) in A1 (excellent)
25 CATCHMENT cat (tiger) t (time) surrounding ch (children) men (adults)
26 ENERGISE (see reign)*
27 CROTON ROT (decay) in CON (study). This was one I struggled with. From crossing letters, it looked like ROT in ??N (meaning study). So I first pencilled in DROTEN, checked if there was such a plant, there wasn’t, so went back to it and thought of CROTON which I’d never heard of, but this time found it was indeed a plant.
1 POTSHERD means a broken piece of pottery STOP (end – going upwards) HERD (crowd)
2 IXION King from Greek mythology that I’ve learnt of from puzzles. I in (former US President) Richard NIXON with first letter removed ie leader no more.
3 COMPEER defn: person of equal rank CO (care of) MP (politician) E’ER (always)
5 MELODRAMATISTS (OTT alarmed Miss)*
6 UNDER (working for) G O (first letters of great organisation) defn: suffer
7 DEBUTANTE tube (underground) ‘upset’ ie reversed in Dante (poet)
8 R (king = rex) EG (say) ALE (booze)
9 THE ARMED FORCES Another long answer that I found pretty easy with the letter-count and the definition. This person = me in (searched fort)*
14 SOLEMNISE (homeliness)* less h = husband
16 STRAITEN trait (characteristic) in sen (little money) = 1/100th of the basic unit is several currencies including formerly the yen (Japan)
18 RAN (managed) KING (top man – referring to chess I guess) Defn: having a high position
20 Bloke (first letter) LET (permit) HER (the female’s) An alternative spelling of blather, apparently used most in Scotland
21 I’M PALE (weak)
23 TREAT RE (engineers) in TAT (shabby stuff)