Posted by RatkojaRiku on March 29th, 2012
My one-in-every-four Thursday slot has thrown up a Nestor several times recently, and I am certainly not complaining!
With Nestor, you know that you have a challenge on your hands, but you also know that, even if it takes you a long time to crack the puzzle, it will be worth the effort, since all the clues will be scrupulously fair in addition to their entertainment value.
Having “cheated” last time, I felt that I had a point to prove today. This was a tricky grid in that not many first letters are revealed, and since the four long entries persistently eluded me, it was a long time before I felt that I had “tamed” the grid. I had actually guessed 8 early on from the definition, but it took me ages to see the wordplay, although once I saw it, I realised that it had been staring me in the face all along.
I got to within three intersecting clues of finishing the puzzle “off my own bat”, but having ground to a halt and with a blog needing to be written, I turned to Chambers for a word that fitted 21, which, once slotted in, gave me enough to solve the final two clues at 17 and 22.
Overall, my clues of the day have to be 8 for its originality and 7 and 10 for their & lit. dimension.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||FOAM AT THE MOUTH||FOAM (=waves) + AT THE MOUTH (=where river meets sea); definition: “are furious”|
|9||ENDURE||END (=goal) + URE (=Band Aid organiser, i.e. Midge Ure); the definition is “last”, as a verb|
|10||ROASTING||OAST (=oven) in RING (=heating element); & lit.|
|11||EMANATIONS||[MAN (=staff, as a verb) in EAT (=worry)] + <l>IONS (=rugby squad); “replacing rugby squad’s head” means the “l” of Lions is dropped and its place taken by EMANAT|
|13||BABS||B<ush> (“foremost” means first letter only) in BAS<h> (=party; “most of” means last letter is dropped)|
|14||UNSAID||UN’S (=of United Nations) + AID (=relief)|
|16||TOY DOG||YD (=yard) in [TOO (=also) + G (=good)]|
|18||MIRÓ||Hidden (“contributor to”) in “neoclassicisM IROnically”; the reference is to the Catalan surrealist artist Joan Miró (1893-1983)|
|19||ECUMENICAL||*(CAME IN CLUE); “anagram” is anagram indicator!!|
|21||STUNTMAN||M (=male) in [STUN (=daze) + TAN (=beat)]; & lit.|
|23||OXHIDE||H (=hard) in OXIDE (=rust)|
|24||CLUTCH AT STRAWS||*(CULT) +[STRAW (WARTS=outgrowths; “reversing” indicates a reversal) in CHATS (=talks)]|
|1||SOMNAMBULISTIC||*(COMMUNISTS BAIL); “out” is anagram indicator; the reference is to sleep-walking (“unconscious” movement)|
|2||IMPUGN||[M (=mark) + PUG (=fighter)] in IN (=stylish)|
|3||STREETWISE||I’S (=one’s) in *(TWEETERS); “agitated” is anagram indicator|
|4||EMMA||EM (=breadth of character, i.e. unit of measurement in printing) + MA (=old lady); the reference is to the 1815 novel by Jane Austen|
|5||PUT TO BED||[O (=over, as in overdraft O/D or on a cricket scorecard) + B (=black, as in HB pencils)] in PUTTED (=sent across green, i.e. in golf)|
|7||HARLOW||*(WARHOL); “distorted by” is anagram indicator; & lit., since Jean Harlow was the inspiration behind Andy Warhol’s 1964 film Harlot|
|8||HANDBAGS AT DAWN||H-i-ND (=rear) + B-i-G (=large) + S-i-T D-o-WN (=take a seat); “with every one (=I) (and duck (=O)) turning to A” means that all the letter “i’s” and a letter “o” are replaced by “a’s”.|
|12||STOREHOUSE||[TORE (=rent, as a verb) + H (=husband)] in SOUSE (=lush, i.e. to get drunk)|
|15||SPOONFUL||*(FUN) in SPOOL (=reel); “dancing” is anagram indicator|
|17||GUINEA||GUI-d-E (=show) + A; “using “new” (=N) for “old pence” (=d)” means that “d” is replaced by “n”; a guinea is an obsolete coin now worth £1.05, hence “more than one pound”|
|20||INHERE||IN HERE (=terse direction to enter, i.e. (Get) in here (now)!); the definition is “be present, essentially”, cf inherent|
|22||MUCK||<sch>MUCK (=American fool); “leaving school (=Sch)” means that the letters “sch” are dropped|