Posted by PeeDee on March 21st, 2012
I got off to a quick start but then found it pretty difficult to finish. I got there in the end (just!). Thank you Monk.
There were not many obscure words or meanings, so I can’t quite put my finger on why I found some of these clues hard. I’m not completely sure about 6 down, your thoughts on this would be appreciated.
Pelham Barton points out that each solution begins and ends withthe same letter. This went completely over my head. Spotting this would certainly make solving the clues easier!
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|8||ALPACA||AL PACINO (actor) missing IN O (love) and A – an animal known for its wool|
|9||RECEPTOR||EP (record) inside RECTOR (clergyman) – in the body receptors are sensory organs|
|10||PAWNSHOP||PAWNS (men, chess pieces) HOP (dance) – where one may find items left as security for loans|
|11||RATHER||Height in RATER (one who makes estimates)|
|12||ESCRITOIRE||anagram of SECRET and CODIFIERS (regularly=every other letter)|
|14||EPEE||BEL PAESE (with every other letter removed) – definition is ‘foil’, type of sword|
|15||TARTLET||definition and cryptic definition|
|17||NEWSMAN||NEW (modern) S (society) MA (mum) N (note) – rags are newspapers|
|20||ASIA||AS (since) I (one, Roman numeral) AD (missing D=died)|
|24||SALADS||Son and Daughter inside (eaten by) ALAS (regrettably)|
|25||NITROGEN||N is the symbol for nitrogen and is also an abbreviation for ‘new’- fourth fifths of the air is nitrogen, to we take a lot of it in. Very nice, but the construction seems a bit tricky for a normal weekday crossword, more suitable foran AZED or similar?|
|27||CHALDAIC||Duke in A LA (in the syle of) all inside CHIC (elegant) – from the old region of Chaldea|
|1||ALL AT SEA||definition and cryptic definition|
|2||RATNER||RAT (serious pest) with (joined by) NERD (almost all of) – Gerald Ratner, British businessman famous for an off-the-cuff remark which turned into a PR disaster and destroyed his jewelry business|
|3||HASH||BIRCH (last letter of) ASH (tree) – marijuana|
|4||CRYPTIC||CRYPT (vault) DITCH (regularly=everyother letter) – this is the third time the every-other-letter device has been used|
|7||EOCENE||CE (Church, of England) inside European ONE (unity) – geological time period|
|13||THERMOSTAT||(THAT’S MORE)* anagram=changing and Temperature – definition is &lit (the whole clue is the definition)|
|16||TO A FAULT||definition and cryptic definition. Sparks could be either electricians or literal sparks. I think electricians fits better as it would be more natural to think of real sparks coming from a fault rather than being drawn towards one.|
|18||ACADEMIA||ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant, financial qualification) and AIMED (intended) reversed – definition is University|
|19||KINNOCK||IN (not out) inside (stops, like a cork stops a bottle) KNOCK (strike) – Neil Kinnock, former leader of the Labour Party|
|21||SWATHS||WHAT* in SS (ship) – to be ‘on bord’ is to be in a ship, definition is ‘strips’|
|26||TACT||sounds like “tacked”, altered course in a yacht|