Posted by Simon Harris on June 16th, 2012
Radian’s themed crossword puzzles are always entertaining, and tend to involve a very thorough treatment of the theme.
This week’s revolves around various interpretations of the entry at 10ac. I’ve never watched the T.V. show by that name, but I did recently hear that it had been cancelled, so whether that’s the inspiration for the theme here, perhaps only Radian can tell us.
The puzzle as a whole did not seem unduly difficult, though there was some very clever wordplay to contend with, and one or two slightly unfamiliar terms.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|9||UNEQUAL TO – UN[i]QUE* + ALTO.|
|10||HOUSE – U.S. in HOE. This one makes use of the “sign of the zodiac” sense of 10ac.|
|11||HANOVER – HAN[d]OVER. One of at least three royal 10acs that appear.|
|12||EPITHET – HE in (E + PITT).|
|13||ATAXY – hom. of “a taxi”. This exact term was unfamiliar, but I had heard of “ataxia”, so felt fairly confident.|
|14||PER CENTUM – R[o]C[k] in UMPTEEN*. The “rocks” is doing a spot of double duty here.|
|16||REPRESENTATIVES – PRESENT in RE[L]ATIVES.|
|19||EGYPTIANS – E + (STAYING + P)*.|
|21||TUDOR – D in ROUT<.|
|22||YARDAGE – (A + G) in READY*.|
|23||NERVOUS – OVER* in SUN<.|
|24||ROOST – ROO[k]S + T[ree].|
|25||RESIDENCE – (DECREE NIS[i])*.|
|1||HUGH LAURIE – (LAUGH* + URI Geller) in HE.|
|2||NEON LAMP – this appears to be L.A. in (NEO + M.P.), but that leaves the second N unaccounted for, so perhaps readers have better interpretations. The clue is:
New Age member of 10 nicks city light.
|3||SURVEY – (V in SURE) + [derb]Y.|
|4||SLUR – U turn in SLR.|
|5||HOME TRUTHS – HO + MET + RUTH’S.|
|6||CHOICEST – CHO[c] ICES + T.|
|7||SUNHAT – (NUT HAS)*.|
|8||SETT – SETT[er].|
|14||PIED-A-TERRE – DATE in PIERRE.|
|15||MISTRESSES – ST[o]RE in MISSES. Edward VII appears to have had enough mistresses to warrant their own Wikipedia category, but I’m not sure why they’re defined as a “box set”.|
|17||ENTRACTE – EN + ART< + ETC<.|
|18||VIDEOING – (I’D + EOIN) in V.G.|
|20||YARROW – A[ction] in WORRY<.|
|21||TIRADE – I in TRADE.|
|22||YORK – Y OR K.|
|23||NEST – NE[edy] + ST[arlings].|