Posted by nmsindy on August 15th, 2011
This is a pseudonym I do not recall seeing in the Indy before. It’s an anagram of Arachne so I guess it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that it has some connection with the distinguished Guardian etc setter who uses that pseudonym.
Enjoyable puzzle, quite tricky in places, solving time 38 mins. Don’t see a theme/Nina but happy to be advised otherwise if I have missed something.
* = anagram
1 WEATHERS “wethers” I liked this one a lot.
5 ABRADE a broad (lass) less o (love), last letter of apologisE, definition (giving the misleading context) ‘roughly treat’ This NE corner was the hardest part of the puzzle for me.
9 CUPIDITY The wordplay is all based on cricket, I think. c = caught stupidity less st = stumped
10/20 COITUS INTERRUPTUS (precious unit trust)* Defn; attempt to prevent child
12 ENDOSCOPIES end (close) os (very large) copies (pirates)
15 GUSTO Hidden answer
17 ASIA MINOR Old name of Anatolia (Turkey in Asia) A Siam (former country, now Thailand), in o(ute)r
18 TURNSPITS This was my last answer say, tea = “T” urns = containers pits = in which you might find kippers ie sleepers, pit being an informal word for a bed
19 DREAM Another clue I liked a lot DARE less A MA (parent) reversed
24 BEDPAN Amusing cryptic definition
25 LAUDABLE U (posh) in LAD ABLE(clever)
26 RASHER Amusing double definition
27 STARLETS Starets = Russian holy man containing L, I think this is from left = sinister
1 WICKET GATE Cryptic definition based on scandals ending in -gate. Started with Watergate I think, then Irangate etc etc
2 ASPIDISTRA (Staid pair’s)*
3 HADES 1st two letters of despotic in has
4 RATIONALISTS Another one I liked a lot with a great surface reading ration (helping) A-list (really famous) S (celebs ultimately ie last letter)
6 BLOSSOMED 1st letter of business and (sold some)*
7 ASTI Tricky clue to a wine familiar to solvers as (when) it (reversed).
8 EASE “e”s ie ecstasy tablets = drugs reportedly
11 CIVIL SERVANT E (English) RV (Revised Version = translation of Bible) in (Calvinist)* definition: bureaucrat
18 UNBEATABLE Double definition
14 TRIMESTERS trim esters Periods of three months ie quarters
16 OBSTINATE OB (Old Boy) in (popular) contained in state (country)
21 UDDER hidden
22 EBOR Archbishop of York Robe reversed
23 ODDS odd (unusual) s (small)