Posted by Simon Harris on September 10th, 2011
One doesn’t expect an easy ride from Nimrod, and we didn’t get one here. For me this was another week of having a stab at it, then waiting until the following Saturday, and trying to explain the answers given on the website.
Which probably doesn’t make for an exciting blog, but one does one’s best. There’s still a fair bit in there that hasn’t quite clicked for me, so any insights from readers are welcome.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||LASH UP – SH in PAUL*.|
|5||MACASSAR – ACAS in ARMS*.|
|9||PRETERNATURALLY – (UTTERLY RARE PLAN)*.|
|10||HOROLOGIST – (TO SHOO[t] GIRL)*. The enemy here being time.|
|11||DEER – hom. of “dear”, with “does” being nicely misleading, but representing female deer.|
|12||LIVE DANGEROUSLY – LIVE + (ROUES* in DANGLY).|
|15||SEE NAPLES AND DIE – ([peo]PLE DEAD IN A SENSE)*. Not a phrase I’ve come across, so given a clue lacking a definition, and non-deterministic wordplay, I had no hope of solving this.|
|20||EPIC – [th]E PIC[ture].|
|21||ONSLAUGHTS – ON + (SL + AUGHTS.|
|22||RATES OF EXCHANGE – dd.|
|23||BEARINGS – E in BARINGS.|
|24||DISARM – RAIDS* + M.|
|2||A PRIORI – PRIOR in A1.|
|3||HIT HOME – I’m not sure if this quite works for me. Maybe readers can explain it better than I can:
Success in effect delivery.
|4||PERSONAL PRONOUN – (SUN + PORN + ON PAROLE)*.|
|5||MEANINGLESSNESS – ENS< in (IN A MENS SINGLES)*.|
|6||COUNTERBALANCED – COUNTER + BALANCED.|
|7||SPANDAU – PANDA in U.S.<.|
|8||ALLHEAL – AL Gore + (E[mperor] in HALL*).|
|13||VIE – VI (six) + [a-sid]E.|
|14||SOD – presumably SOD[a], but I don’t know how that’s a “lawmaker”.|
|16||EXPIATE – (1 in EXPAT) + E.|
|17||NUCLEAR – from UNCLEAR with the first two letters (its “head”) turning. The “…” run-on from the previous clue is crucial to spotting the whole of the definition.|
|18||DOG DAYS – G’DAY in DOS.|
|19||INTEGER – TEG in [m]INER.|