Posted by nmsindy on December 19th, 2011
This puzzle I found was the least difficult Anax Indy puzzle of the year so far – solving time, 20 mins. Very enjoyable.
It’s a themed puzzle - a theme I tumbled to within 4 mins seeing a number of references to 13 and then being able to solve that clue straight off. A pretty well-known theme I’d say that very few will not have heard of. As not particularly familiar with the details of it all, there could be further thematic references that I’ve missed.
* = anagram
8 HUE h (hard) edges (outer letters of unfeminine) Defn: complexion
9 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER James Bond film from 1971 starring Sean Connery. ice = diamonds. Nice misdirection, though I don’t know if it was intentional, as I’d marked this down at first as a possible anagram of the three words preceding ‘melt’
10 KEEP OUT “Key pout” Liked this a lot.
11 TERRIER err in tier Excellent surface
15 LEADING ARTICLES (Daniel Craig lets)* DC plays Bond in both 6/19 and 24.
18 NERO ER in NO
20 UNCARED-FOR car in (found er)*
24 SKYFALL Sky fall This film is due out in 2012.
25 MALFEASANCE (safe)* in Ma lance
27 SOT so (thus) last letter of verdant sot = lush = drinker, drunkard
1/12 SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Catch-phrase associated with Bond (and his Martini) of course. (one drink the star’s)* so an excellent &lit
2 DEMENTIA ENT (part of hospital) in aimed (pointed) going upwards (up)
3 MARTYR M (Bond’s boss in the films) arty (creative) r (right)
4 FOOTWEAR (two of)* ea (each) r (run) & lit
5 ADORN A (Dr No)* Big clue to the theme, this, as Dr No is a Bond film from 1962 starring Sean Connery as Bond
6/19 CASINO ROYALE ca (about) sin (evil) OR (men =other ranks) O (old) Yale (university)
7 HEBRIDES Heb (Hebrews – Book of the Bible) rides (trips)
9 DIOPTRIC (I drop it)* c (“see”)
14 PINE TREE pi (very good) Net (web) re (on) E (English)
15 LONESOME one’s (a person’s) OM (honour = Order of Merit) in life less if
16 GENTLEST gent s (son) in let (allowed)
17 LIFE VEST feve(r) (endless excitement) in list (catalogue)
21 AFFINE hidden in stAFF IN Extended. Glad of the easy clue here, as I did not know the word, which means related by marriage (anthropology)
22 RARITY RA (soldiers – Royal Artillery) it in RY (line = railway)
23/13 JAMES BOND (job means)* D = director. The key to it all.