Posted by bridgesong on February 5th, 2012
Lavatch is a setter whose puzzles (in this series anyway) always seem to involve having to change the word before entry in the grid. This time the down clues all included a name which had to be “dropped”, i.e. extracted and put at the end of the rest of the letters in the clue. Across clues were normal. For the down clues I have therefore shown first the actual grid entry, then the word before modification. It should be obvious in each case what the name was.
I thought all the clues had excellent surface readings. There were some obscure words, such as ORECTIC, but these were easy to deduce from the wordplay. The only clue I can’t explain adequately (at least to my own satisfaction) is VERANDAH, where the insertion of ER doesn’t appear to me to be indicated.
Here’s a link to the original puzzle.
|5||LINEAR||NE (sounds like “any”) in LIAR|
|7||SCROOGES||ORCS(rev.), *GOES. Definition is “near”.|
|9||GNASHERS||SHER (Anthony) in SANG (rev).|
|10||PAMPAS||PAM, PAS. Norman is here used to denote a French word.|
|11||NAME-DROPPING||N(ew), *DAME, POR(rev), PING.|
|13||ORECTIC||T in CICERO (rev).|
|18||STRAITJACKET||JACK in *ATTIRE in ST(reet).|
|22||PRETTY||R in PETTY.|
|1||SEESAM||SESAME||E, S (bridge players), AM in SE(x).|
|2||ORNEDDAI||ORDAINED||O(ld) R(ome) DAINED (sounds like “deigned”).|
|3||ERSPIP||PIPERS||REP in SIP (all rev).|
|6||IGNTNORA||IGNORANT||(s)IGN, O, RANT.|
|7||SPSTOM||STOMPS||SP, MOTS (all rev).|
|8||EHAL||HALE||As in Hale & Pace.|
|12||CACTTARA||CATARACT||CA TAR, ACT|
|14||CITYTONI||TONICITY||TON, IT in ICY.|
|16||NDAHVERA||VERANDAH||ER in V AND A, H. I’m not entirely convinced by this parsing.|
|19||AHYPAT||APATHY||A PATH, (fl)Y.|
|20||KSEINA||KINASE||Hidden in “crack in a sealed”|