Posted by twencelas on December 10th, 2011
How lucky am I – A Tyrus puzzle to blog again. Perhaps, it might be time to start possibly cogitating a few answers.
So a theme word this week, which is needed to solve 8 grid entries. It’s 27 across and is quite a delightful clue too. But rather than beat about the bush I’ll jump slowly in and in as many words as I can possibly think of to introduce to you all for your delectation – the word “Verbiage” i.e. Saying something in more words than is needed to convey the meaning. Another political message from Tyrus, perhaps. Brought back memories of Leonard Sachs in “The Good Old Days” and many a political interview on ‘Newsnight’.
Some lovely other clues too – I’ll only mention a few :
21 across is probably my favourite – a surface hiding well the fact that it is potentially an astronomical star, that is being discussed.
3 down amused me too and 13 ac took a while to work out.
22 across was short and very sweet (for a northerner like myself)
15 down also short and very pleasing when the penny dropped
Many thanks Tyrus another lovely crossword. Made me think and made me chuckle too.
1 and 1d Thematic – Twice using verbiage – ON TWO SEPARATE OCCASIONS
8 Rev (Baracks (President Obama) – k (initially known)) = SCARAB (Divine Creature – to the Egyptians)
9 Di’s (Girls) + Homonym(Guys (men)) = DISGUISE (Cover)
10 Rev (Works – Goes) around (indicated by to collect) id (passport etc.) = SKID ROW (Insalubrious area of town)
12 See 29
13 a + x (by as in times) + l (lake) = AXL (Rose as in Guns ‘n Roses)
14 Golf (car) holding (lead)* = GOLD LEAF (Foil)
16 See 30
18 Sic (sound morbid as in sick) around to = STOIC (He’s not complaining)
20 (Pair + lady)* = LAPIDARY (Jet as in teh stone possibly)
22 DD Cockney’s to own = ‘AVE (No Aitches in London) (Greeting)
23 See 29
25 Sh (give no no information) around (files)* = SELFISH (without consideration)
27 Rev (i (one) + brev (short note as in breve)) + age (season) = VERBIAGE (Short note unlikely to contain it)
29 Thematic Now using verbiage = AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME
30 Thematic Sag = Saga shortened = CUT A LONG STORY SHORT
1 See 1ac
2 (ritas)* = TARSI (bones)
3 Rev (robs) in one = OSBORNE (Does he make immoral gains?)
4 hidden Rev (baD NEws) = END (Goal)
5 (as libs + e (end of vote))* = ABSEILS (Goes down steeply)
6 Had – h (henry) + (holdout)* = ADULTHOOD (Majority as in age of)
7 ep (record) + some – e (reduced a little) = EPSOM (Course as in racing)
11 Rev(Self (as in Will Self) + flaw (weakness) – l (length)) = WAFFLES
15 doone’s (as in Lorna Doone) + bit (slang for girlfriend) = DO ONES BIT (Muck in)
17 tory (right as in politics) around (chill)* = TORCH LILY (Plant)
19 (act)* + call (occasion) = CATCALL (required for a bad act)
21 (spurs + al (arsenal wingers))* = PULSARS (Stars potentially)
24 Rev(elo (electric light orchestra – band))* + ice (drug) – e (ecstasy) = OLEIC (Type of acid)
26 in trouble (having problems) – (blue)* = INTRO (Opener)
28 Rev (No + e (energy)) = EON (Age)