Posted by Simon Harris on August 7th, 2011
I think this may be a Sunday debut from Anax, and I’m certain that he will be a welcome addition to the lineup as far as solvers are concerned.
That said, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I saw the name pop up, being more used to seeing Anax on Saturdays, striking fear into the hearts of bloggers including myself!
In the event, this was perhaps tougher than the average Sunday, whilst easier than the average Anax. The puzzle was also packed with the kind of remarkably smooth surface readings that Anax is so good at.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||HOARSE – A in HORSE. Hackney being a breed of horse with which I was not familiar, but that didn’t unduly inhibit solving.|
|4||PRICE WAR – cd.|
|9||GOD – (DO + G)<.|
|10||SKYSCRAPERS – (SCRAP in KEYS*) + R.S..|
|12||PRECIOUS METAL – I + O in (MUST REPLACE)*.|
|14||INSTAL – [brita]IN’S TAL[ent].|
|15||INEDIBLE – (DINE* in IB) + LE.|
|18||STENDHAL – (N + D.H.) in STEAL.|
|20||PERNOD – PER + NOD.|
|23||SIBERIAN TIGER – (IT IS RARE BEING)* &lit. Cracking clue:
In the wild it is rare being.
|25||MAGIC MARKER – cd.|
|26||TWO – T[heir] W[edding] O[rganiser].|
|27||GATHERED – G + A + THE RED.|
|28||HENDON – HEN DO + N.|
|1||HIGH PRIEST – (HE GRIPS)* in HIT.|
|2||ADDRESSEE – A + (DRESS in DEE).|
|3||SESTINA – [germ]AN IT’S ES[pecially]<.|
|5||RICHMOND – RICH + (ON in M.D.).|
|6||CRAFTED – C[omplaint] + (F.T. in DEAR<).|
|7||WHEEL – WHEE + L.|
|8||RUSH – RU (“are you” as one might type it in an SMS message) + SH.|
|11||YOUR – I’m not sure about this one. It reads like a dd., but I can’t convince myself. THe clue is
The typical old muttering.
|13||TENDERLOIN – TENDER + (0 in NIL<).|
|16||BENIGHTED – (GET BEHIND)*.|
|17||MARRIAGE – AIR< in MARGE.|
|19||DEBACLE – DEB + (L in ACE).|
|21||EATERIE – ([s]EE [w]AITER)*.|
|22||PARK – P + ARK.|
|23||SIGHT – dd.|
|24||SMUG – SMUG[gler].|