Posted by RatkojaRiku on May 24th, 2012
I always know there’s a good chance of a puzzle by Nestor when I have the Thursday blogging slot, and so it was today.
I really plodded through what was an excellent puzzle today, solving virtually nothing on first perusal and needing to crack this one literally one clue at a time. At the end, I struggled to explain the wordplay of my last two entries, 1 and 21, although I had to admit both were scrupulously fair when I finally figured them out.
I happen to know that this compiler also sets under the pseudonym Kea, and wondered if it was fair to include this as part of the wordplay in 11, since solvers cannot be expected to know such things. However, I should have known that Nestor would be his usual fair self, and when I looked up Nestor in Chambers, one of its derivations was “the kea parrot genus”: who would ever have guessed it?
My favourite clues today were 2, for its & lit. component, and 5, for the deceptiveness of the cryptic definition.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||NIGHT TERRORS||NIGH (=at hand) + T<hough>T (“vacant” means word is “emptied”, leaving only first and last letter) + ERRORS (=lapses); night terrors describe the process of suddenly awakening from sleep in fright|
|9||ASPIRANT||PI (=pharisaical) in [AS (=when) + RANT (=storm)]|
|10||SORROW||SOR<t> ROW (=put part of spreadsheet in sequence; “without time (=T)” means letter “t” is dropped)|
|11||TAKE AS READ||[KEA’S (=Nestor’s, i.e. genus of parrot) in AREA (=space)] in T<abloi>D (“margins” means first and last letter only are used)|
|13||GALA||<bul>G<ing> (“in the middle” means middle letter only is used) + A LA (=after, i.e. in the style of)|
|14||UTMOST||*(TOT SUM); “forced” is anagram indicator|
|16||DRAW LOTS||Double definition: DRAW LOTS means “to randomly decide” (=main definition) AND “to make many sketches”|
|17||REATTACH||TAC (CAT=catamaran; “turning” indicates reversal) in <b>REATH (=slight wind; “after front’s come off” means first letter dropped)|
|19||ARRANT||<w>ARRANT (=document that authorises, e.g. arrest, search); “leaving wife (=W)” means the letter “w” is dropped|
|20||ALEC||LA-CE (=fastening cord, i.e. for shoe); “twisted at each end” means that the first two letters change places, as do the last two, to give ALEC|
|21||PUTTANESCA||PUT (=place, i.e. as a verb) + TAN (=bronze, as a verb) + ESCA<ping> (=getting away; “with 50% loss” means that half of letters are dropped); puttanesca is a kind of Italian pasta sauce|
|23||LYRICS||SC (=scene, i.e. in play) + I (=one) + RY (=lines, i.e. railway) + L<earn> (“start to” means first letter only); “recall” indicates reversal|
|25||PUNCHBAG||*(H + CUP BANG); “out of order” is anagram indicator; H=hard|
|26||CONGRATULATE||*(ANGELOU TRACT); “harrowing” is anagram indicator|
|2||INSTANT REPLAYS||*(TENNIS, AS PARTLY); “reviewed” is anagram indicator; & lit.|
|3||HEINE||Hidden (“contribution to”) in “tHE INEffable”; the reference is to German poet Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)|
|4||TRANSIT CAMP||[A + N (=new) + SIT (=roost) + C (=roughly, i.e. circa)] in TRAMP (=itinerant); & lit.|
|5||RETREAD||Cryptic definition in which “baldness” refers to worn tyres|
|6||OPS||SPO<t> (=blemish; “reduced” means last letter dropped); “upsetting” indicates vertical reversal|
|7||STRAGGLER||L and R (=both hands, i.e. left and right) to be included (“holding”) in separate places in STAGGER (=to keep out of alignment)|
|8||WOLLSTONECRAFT||[LL (=lines) in *(SWOT)] + ONE (=a certain) + CRAFT (=dexterity); “crushed” is anagram indicator; the reference is to British feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)|
|12||DEAD AGAINST||[DA (=prosecutor, i.e. District Attorney) + GAINS (=wins)] in DEAT<h> (=the end; “almost” means last letter dropped); “quite” in the definition is to be understood to mean wholly, utterly|
|15||OPTIC DISC||*(IT CID COP’S); “confound” is anagram indicator; the optic disc is the blind spot of the eye|
|18||HOTSPUR||TSP (=teaspoonful, i.e. abbreviation used in recipes) in HOUR (=time)|
|22||ETHEL||THE (=article, i.e. in grammar) in EL (=its Spanish translation, i.e. of the); the reference is to American actress Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), sister of actors John and Lionel|
|24||SUN||SUN<k> (=collapsed; “nearly” means last letter dropped)|