Posted by nmsindy on November 28th, 2011
Gentle, pleasing, puzzle from Quixote, solved very fast for me, 16 mins. A few words that I did not know or had forgotten but was able to get them quite quickly from the clear wordplay.
* = anagram
1 SHABBY Two Bs (bishops) shay (carriage) Defn: run-down
4 ATTACHES (heat cast)*
9 MARACAS new to me – South American musical instrument (maraca) mar (have a detrimental effect on) ACAS (negotiators)
11 ECOCIDE Umberto Eco “sighed”
12 ROCK GARDEN In crossword language, this phrase could be saying “make a anagram of garden” which could give you ‘danger’.
13 STET From Latin, instruction in printing, meaning ‘let it stand’ ie ignore the change and go back to the original. Odd bits = alternate letters ie those in odd-numbered positions in ‘set text’.
15 IN WORKING ORDER Straight definition and cryptic one referring to religious order
16 FLYING BEDSTEAD (fiddles by agent)* It’s used in testing in aviation
19 AINU Hidden in “Spain unlikely” Surface suggesting you’d not hear it in Spain (as it’s a Japanese language)
20 JEROME KERN (no mere jerk)* Composer of musicals eg Show Boat
23 CHINOOK Chi (character in Athens = Greek letter) nook (refuge)
24 SALIENT alien (stranger) in St (saint = person regarded as holy). Defn: noteworthy
25 SAGAMORE a gam (leg) in sore (aching) Indian chief
26 BRASSY My joint favourite clue today (with 3 down) bras (items of underwear) sy = sexy but without padding ie outer letters only. Defn: audacious
1 SUMER sum (problem) ER (Queen)
2 AFRICAN A Fr (Father) I (one) can (vessel) Liberia = African country
3 BACKGROUND Great surface here. back (support) g (good) round (cycle). Defn: environment
5 THE PENNY DROPS In the world of Listener puzzles for example, the ‘penny-dropping moment’ is used to refer to when the key to the puzzle or the last step is seen by the solver
6 AMOS o = introduction to old ie 1st letter in A MS (script = manuscript). Book of the Old Testament.
7 HOISTED ho (house) (tides)* Defn: raised
8 SHELTER Lt (lieutenant) in sheer (complete) Defn: protection
10 STRIKEBREAKER Defn: One won’t come out (on strike) hit (strike) vandal (breaker)
14 ROTTWEILER Composer Kurt Weill briefly = take last letter off = weil in rotter (nasty person)
16 FRANCIS (in scarf)*
17 YANKING no upstanding = nay (going upwards) king (ruler)
18 AGELESS Hidden (reversed ie contrarily) in ‘dress elegantly’
21 NUTTY Ref Brazil nuts Defn: passionate
22 ZOOM zoo (lots of different animals) m (miles)