Posted by bridgesong on May 19th, 2012
My turn to blog these prize puzzles seems to coincide with Paul’s turn to set them; I think that this is the third in a row. While continuing the trend for prize puzzles to be on the easy side, this was studded with gems of brilliance and invention. My thanks to my solving partners Timon and (for the first time) my wife, Cathie. A very pleasant way to spend an hour in the garden.
8 One’s inclined to find woes breaking skin (8)
ILLS in HIDE.
9 Muslim leader harbouring Greek leader, English one settling abroad (6)
G in EMIR, E.
10 A bird fighting vigorously (2,2)
A TIT. I’m pleased to report that the nestbox on my allotment is currently providing a home for a new family of blue tits.
11 Contrived Latin epics that may be manipulated (10)
12 Last runner, last (6)
END, URE (a river, hence a “runner”).
14 See 2
15 Time the budget airline man cut back, ladies and gentlemen (7)
T, STELIO(s)(rev). And perhaps a reference to the supposed proposal by Michael O’Leary of Ryanair to charge passengers for use of toilets on board his company’s planes (although of course Stelios was the founder of the rival company easyJet).
17 Not entirely sincere, bravado for thinkers (7)
Hidden in “sincere, bravado”. As the plural of cerebrum, this is defined as loosely referring to the whole brain, hence to thinkers.
20 Prudent to mind the step these days (5,3)
PACE in SAGE.
22 Old money put in something round (6)
SET in PEA. We weren’t entirely convinced that “pea” can stand for “round”.
23 Sea lane’s choice of fish or meat? (4,6)
24,21 Horseman sweet on golfer (4,6)
Cryptic definition; nice to have a golfer who isn’t Ernie Els, although younger readers may not be familiar with the achievements of Gary Player.
25 Cruel cut ending in divorce (6)
26 School’s head examiner turns in poor performance, ultimately (3,5)
*(TURNS IN) (performanc)E. A lovely definition: “School’s head examiner”. My clue of the day.
1 Games people play in Japan to keep mean (8)
INTEND in NO. No, or sometimes Noh, is a traditional Japanese drama form. I think the definition here is “games people”.
2,14 Foolishly cash lost in ’em? (4,8)
*(CASH LOST IN ‘EM). A beautiful anagram and an & lit.
3 Face depression with thick stick, nothing less (6)
DIM P(o)LE. Another brilliant definition: “face depression”.
4 Bloody Mary cocktail for Russian troops (3,4)
RED *MARY. A very easy clue to guess from the definition.
5 Ball — select it at random (8)
6 Vindictive quality born with irritation (10)
7 Yucky stuff about right for ’80s music genre? (6)
R in GUNGE.
13 Illegal, having nested regularly in 26′s description of a clear head? (10)
N S E (alternate letters of NESTED) in UNLICED. Another brilliant clue.
16 Source of milk the intestine’s skimmed, so drier (3,5)
18 Brutal, lying decapitated (8)
19 Fish finger has it for the bride? (7)
21 See 24 across
22 Quickly put last of vinegar in sauce (6)
R in PESTO.
24 Stop to raise drink (4)