Posted by Simon Harris on April 7th, 2012
A challenging yet entertaining Saturday puzzle from Bannsider this week, featuring some wonderfully misleading surfaces and inventive wordplay.
I did wonder if there were going to be a Ronnie Barker theme, due to possible references at 15ac and 21ac, but I could not see any further mentions. I’m sure readers will be quick to point out anything that I’ve missed.
5ac and 29ac eventually required the use of the “reveal” button, and still have me stumped.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||GLOBALLY – (L in GO) + BALLY.|
|5||SALLY – S[cared] + ALLY, I guess, although I’m not sure that I can see the definition here.|
|9||ROCHESTER – (THE CORRS + [lat]E)*.|
|10||COURT – I think this is simply a hom. of “caught”.|
|11||DANE – [policewom]EN AD[mitted]<.|
|12||SHILLELAGH – HILL in (HH + GALES)< &lit. It’s often worth remembering Bannsider’s geographic provenance when solving.|
|13||MOSS – MOS[e]S.|
|15||NEEDLEWORK – (O + WELDE[r])< in NERK. The word “nerk” perhaps being best known to viewers of vintage sitcom Porridge.|
|18||AIR PASSAGE – A1 + RP + AS SAGE. The definition is the well-disguised “trip up”.|
|19||MYTH – MY TH[ought].|
|21||GOPHERWOOD – hom. of “gofer would”. The “Arkwright” (cf. “shipwright”) is a clever reference to Noah, who seemingly made his own ark from this particular wood. Hands up, who else thought this was going to be GRANVILLE on first reading?|
|23||BURN – dd. of “Use heat in attempt to eliminate” and “runner”.|
|26||LEILA – [i]L[l]E[g]I[b]L[e] A[s].|
|27||GOLF LINKS – GOLF (precursor to “hotel” in the NATO phonetic alphabet) + LINKS (so “surfers” as in those surfing the web).|
|28||CHEEK – from CHECK, with an extra E in place of C. I can’t quite prove CHEEK = “chap” to myself, but I’m sure there must be a context wherein they’re synonyms.|
|29||CRESCENT – I’ll need someone to explain this for me:
Waxing process could show one looking sickly.
|1||GURUDOM – U in (MO + DRUG)<.|
|2||OSCAN – OS + CAN. Apparently an extinct language from southern Italy. Perhaps not a well known one, but this was quite solvable from wordplay.|
|3||APEX – APE + X. I’m not sure that Apex fares still exist, but I could be wrong: the entire rail ticketing system is now a ridiculously complicated mess, so who knows.|
|4||LATCHKEYS – (HACK + STYLE)*.|
|5||SICKENED – KEN in (S + ICED).|
|6||LAUDATORY – (A DAY TOUR + L)*. Thanks to Ian W for correcting me here, see comments.|
|7||YITZHAK – [embass]Y + (AT 1KHZ)*.|
|8||ORAL – [m]ORAL.|
|14||STRIP MINE – 1PM in STRINE.|
|16||DOG COLLAR – dd. of “One to take the lead” and “[one to] ring the minister”.|
|17||VALE PARK – VALE + PA + R[oc]K. Home of Port Vale FC.|
|18||ANGELIC – [b]ANGE[r] + [s]LIC[e].|
|20||HANDSET – HANDS + ET.|
|22||WAGE – “rage” as might be pronounced by celebrity plonker Jonathan Ross, thanks to his famous rhotacistic speech.|
|24||ULNAE – (L + N) in U.A.E. “Army parts” is of course “parts of the arm”, and raised a smile.|
|25||ELMS – (S[poil] M[y] L[ovely] E[state])<.|