Posted by PeeDee on November 30th, 2011
A good puzzle from Gozo and as always an entertaining and educational puzzle to blog.
Gozo’s grids are usually themed and this week we have another geography lesson with names of towns and geographical regions. I had heard of all the entries except 9 across, so not too obscure and quite solvable without having to resort to searching lists in reference books etc. Thank you Gozo.
Each solution in the blog is linked to its article on Wikipedia , so if you have finished early you can use them for revision for the remainder of the lesson.
I can’t explain why ‘attacking’ is an anagram indicator in 16 across, so any help would be appreciated.
Hold your mouse over any clue number to see the clue.
|1||MOBILE||triple definition – mobile phone, hanging decoration and the US port|
|4||WINNIPEG||PINE* in WING (annexe)|
|9||NIEVRE||ER (The Queen, Elizabeth Regina) and VEIN (temperament) reversed – department of France, home of the Pouilly Fumé wine|
|10||BARNSLEY||North and South (partners in bridge) inside BARLEY (cereal) – ‘the opposite’ indicates that cereal is eating partners rather than the other way round|
|12||ABERDARE||BREAD* (crumbs=anagram, broken up) ARE (live, we are=we exist, we live)|
|13||HARARE||H (Henry) next to (by) AbeRdARE (the previous solution) with components (letters) of bed removed – capital of Zimbabwe|
|15||ADEN||decADENt – port in Yemen, situated inside the crater of an extinct volcano|
|16||BASUTOLAND||(ALAN DOUBTS)* (anagram=attacking, but why??) – the old colonial name for Lesotho|
|19||CADER IDRIS||C (cape) and (SARI DRIED)* anagram=out|
|20||JURA||JURAssic (half of) -Jurassic Park the film is set on an fictional island – definition is ‘range’, of mountains. A better explanation is another triple definition: ‘half the park on film’, ‘scottish island’ and ‘mountain range’. Thanks to mike04 for this.|
|23||RIMINI||RI (Rhode Island, state) MINI (a vehicle)|
|25||VALLETTA||Left inside VALET (assistant) with TA (Territorial Army, volunteers) – capital of Malta. Gozo (pseudonym of the setter) is an island off Malta, so Valletta is ‘my neighbouring capital’|
|27||CARLISLE||Conservative (Tory) RALLIES* (anagram=round, moved about)|
|28||MANILA||MAN (chap) and ILA sounds like “iller” (more ill=worse)|
|29||SARDINIA||SARDINe (fish, missing the tail letter) I (one, Roman numeral) and seA (just one edge of)|
|30||GENEVA||North and East (directions) inside GAVE* (anagram=wrong)|
|1||MONTANA||MAN around ON Time then A|
|2||BIELEFELD||(FEEBLE IDLe)* misisng E=enegry (cook=anagram)|
|3||LAREDO||LA (‘the’ in French) and RE-DO (re-create) – city in Texas, part of the mixed nationality Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area on the US-Mexico border.|
|5||IRAQ||I (1 Roman numeral) RAQ sounds like “rack”, torture device|
|6||NUNEATON||sounds like “none eaten”|
|7||PALMA||Left in PA and MA (both parents) – capital of Majorca|
|8||GWYNEDD||(EDGY DaWN)* anagram=awfully, missing the first letter of (just a bit of) ambition|
|14||SURINAM||SURe (certain, but not quite all of) IN AM (the morning)|
|17||AQUITAINE||Adult QUIT (to leave) and AÎNÉ (the eldest boy in French)|
|18||BRINDISI||(BIRD IS IN)*|
|19||CARACAS||sounds like “crackers” – capital of Venezuela. Its full name is ‘Santiago de León de Caracas’ which is my favourite name of any city in the world, can anyone suggest one more beautiful?|
|21||ALABAMA||À LA BAMA (in the manner of Barack Obama)|
|22||ALSACE||Statesman (leading letter) inside pALACE (without the top, roof)|
|24||MORAR||RAM reversed around OtheR (edges of) – Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater body in the British Isles|
|26||ALBI||centrAL BIrmingham – birth place of Toulouse Lautrec|