Posted by PeeDee on October 5th, 2011
I always look forward to Gozo crosswords as he seems to be right on my wavelength. Unfortunately, this morning I seem poorly tuned-in as there are still a couple of solutions that I can’t fully explain, so any help would be gratefully appreciated.
Gozo usually themes the solutions in his grids, and this week all the across solutions are names of plants. I had heard of all of them, and I am certainly not a keen gardener, so a well chosen theme I think.
Any help completing the parsing for 5 across and 11 down please? Thanks to Tom Johnson for explaining these.
My internet connection has been intermittent today, so my apologies if I don’t get to update the blog immediately.
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|1||LAVENDER||END (destroy) inside Rod LAVER (tennis champion)|
|5||ACACIA||A CA (California, state) and CIA (‘company’ in Italian).|
|10||SORREL||Double definition, plant and colour of horse|
|12||OXEYE||OX (neat) EYE (viewer)|
|13||MONKSHOOD||MONK‘S (Trappist monk is) HOOD (criminal)|
|14||CROCUS||OCCURS* (anagram=all over the place) – famously blooms in spring|
|16||BRACKEN||BR (Britain AC (account) and KEN Dodd (British entertainer)|
|19||ANEMONE||NAME* and ONE (single)|
|21||BO TREE||OT (Old Testament – books of The Bible) inside BEER*|
|25||CACTI||Cut (first letter of) and ACT I (act 1, start of play)|
|27||BIRDS-EYE||Type of speedwell – also type of primrose and Clarence Birdseye pioneer of frozen foods|
|28||MYRTLE||reversed inside barrEL TRY Mulching|
|29||WISTERIA||WIST (to know) and the River AIRE reversed (about)|
|2||VERTEBRAE||VERT (green) English BRAE (hillside)|
|3||NIECE||EIN (one in German) reversed and CarefreE (outside letter of)|
|6||CROISSANT||I (1 Roman numeral) inside CROSS (angered) and ANT (worker) – definition is ‘roll’|
|7||CARGO||carried on board a ship, and petrol makes your car go|
|8||ALLUDING||DULL (uninspiring) reversed inside GAIN* – definition is ‘referring to’|
|11||SNOB||Crispin was a shoemaker, a snob is a shoemaker and ‘snob’ is an obsolete word for blackleg|
|15||CROSSBILL||A crossbill is a type of finch, a bill brought by the defendent against the plaintiff in a Court of Chancery|
|17||KEEP CLEAR||KEEP (castle) CLEAR (to jump over fences or hurdles without hitting them)|
|18||PARMA HAM||PAR (the norm) MADAM (precocious girl) with D swapped for H – notes of the musical scale, D English notation and H in German|
|20||EXAM||EX (former partner) and AM (morning)|
|21||BELLINI||(IN LIBEL)* – Vincenzo Bellini Italian composer|
|22||CINEMA||comiC IN EMAil|
|24||R AND R||RAND (South African coin) and R (short for Rand) – definition is ‘relaxation’, US military slang|
|25||CADET||AD (advertisement, notice) inside TEC (flic=policeman, detective) reversed|