Posted by Bertandjoyce on February 10th, 2012
A fairly tricky themed puzzle for our first weekday blog.
It seems only a short time ago that we were lurkers. We used to complete the Indy late in the evening and by the time we checked 225 we felt that everything had already been said. However, thanks to Kathryn’s Dad we came out of hiding!
We need also to thank flashling for suggesting we start blogging – was this a ruse so he could have a break? Thanks also to Gaufrid, without whose help none of this would have been possible. So… how many other lurkers are out there?
Back to the puzzle…
The theme, which is close to our hearts, opened up with 1d. It was an enjoyable solve with a large number of thematic answers, some clever misdirections and good surface readings. 18d had us puzzling for quite some while. We have some minor quibbles with the definitions in 19a and 26a (and 17d)!
|9||APOLOGIES||A POLO (game) +GI(V)ES (five away) = sorry|
|10||OZONE||OZ ONE (Australian opener) = bracing air. MCG is Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|11||BIOMASS||IOM (shortened Isle of Man) in BASS (fish) = source of 8d|
|12||BRIGADE||RIG (top of oil well 16a) in BADE (ordered) = Task Force|
|13/22||NEAP TIDE||APT 1 (Top flat!) in EDEN (garden) facing west i.e reversed = “deep drop” or low tide. The “deep” being the sea!|
|14||TERRA FIRMA||Anagram (anagrind is ‘plough’) of AFTER MARRI(age) with AGE (time) taken off = dry ground|
|16||OIL WELL||You could find this as an instruction on a machine to keep it working but it’s also not a source of 8d|
|17||THERMAL||Toge(THER MAL)es = gliders use thermals for lift. “Offer help” indicates the answer is hidden in the clue.|
|19||THERMOSTAT||Well….. we think a thermostat is a heating control NOT a heating device. However, “heating device” must be the definition – THAT “controls” (restricts) ERMOST (innermost with inn or ‘bar’ missing)|
|24||RURALLY||RU (text speak for are you) +ALL (completely) in (obsessed by) RY (a railway, of which HS2 may become an example?) = In the sticks|
|25||ATHLETE||LET (allowed) in an anagram of HEAT (‘after qualification’ is the anagrind) = if you are an athlete you can enter a heat if you qualify!|
|26||NICHE||ICH (German for the writer, me) in NE(w) (new restricted or shortened) = market. Restricted seems to be serving two purposes here as you really need the definition to be ‘restricted market’|
|27||HOT SPRING||HOT (smuggled) + SPRING (bound) = Another source of 8d|
|1||CARBON FOOTPRINT||If you were a coalman you’d leave coal dust behind and CARBON FOOTPRINT is a measure of emissions|
|2||MONO RAIL||ON (paid for as in the drinks are on me) + OR (Other ranks or men in the army) in MAIL (post) = transport|
|3||SOLAR||Anagram of ALSO (‘arranged’) + R (first letter in roof) = source of 8d|
|4||MISSPELL||Anagram of SIMPLE (anagrind is ‘version’) +SL (first letters of ‘second letter’) = If you write the second letter of a word first, you would misspell it!|
|5||ISOBAR||IS BAR (pub) with O (oxygen) injected into it = pressure line on a weather map|
|6||SOLID FUEL||Anagram of I and OLD FLUES (Anagrind is ‘crookedly’) = Not a source of 8d|
|7||HOT AIR||A thermal (17a) is an up-draft of warm air|
|8||RENEWABLE ENERGY||Anagram (anagrind is ‘supply’ or in a supple manner) of W(h)EREBY LEAN GREEN (no hard!) = water power is an example of renewable energy Good misdirection here with the use of supply!|
|15||RED MULLET||RED (radical) + MULLET (hairstyle) = a fish could be ‘gathered in a net’|
|17||TEA PARTY||Anagram of YET (anagrind is ‘in disarray’) around APART (split) = “staunch patriots”. We could think of other ways to describe them but we do want to carry on blogging!|
|18||MAIZE OIL||ZE(r)O 1 (O1 with runs (r) out) in or ‘secured by’ MAIL (the ‘protective shell of an animal’ according to Chambers!) = ingredient of biodiesel|
|20||ENRICH||Anagram of CHI(ld)REN (the middle of the word is ‘lost’) the anagrind is ‘otherwise’ = concentrate. Perhaps another link to energy sources with enriched uranium?|
|21||SCYTHE||S (small) + C (first letter of crop) + Y (year) +THE = cut|
|23||CHIPS||C (cold) + HIPS (fruit) = something that might be fried in 18d|