Posted by PeeDee on July 7th, 2012
I liked this very much, some really great clues, so many it would be unfair to pick a favourite. But I will anyway: 26 across it is.
On the whole I found this a little easier than last week’s prize puzzle, sort of middling level for a prize, but for some reason I found the top left corner very difficult to get into and got stuck there for a long while. Getting a toe-hold in this corner took as long as the rest of the crossword combined. Thank you Shed, great stuff!
I will be on holiday when this is published so I will not able to reply to comments immediately.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|1||COPYCAT||AC (account) in TYPO (mistake) then C (a number, Roman numerals) all reversed – definition is ‘unoriginal’|
|9||OUTDO||OUT (outside, alfresco) DO (party)|
|11||PROMULGATE||PRATE (bang on) going around (about) GLUM (despondent) O (a circle) reversed (turn) – definition is ‘to declare’|
|12||TSAR||STAR* (anagram=burst) – definition is ‘bigwig’. I take this in the modern idiomatic usage eg “goverment sacks drug tsar” rather than the historical Russian.|
|14||THOUGHTLESS||THOUGH (albeit) then LESS (inferior) following T (time)|
|18||WONDERWOMAN||N (North) A (America) MOW (cut) RED (bloody) NOW (present) all reversed|
|21||TWEE||TWEET (short message) missing the final letter (curtailed)|
|22||PLEBISCITE||PLEA (message, shortened) BIS (once more) CITE (to reference)|
|25||HAMSTRING||MS (manuscript, paper) in HAT then RING (sphincter)|
|26||INFER||to INFER is to ‘work it out’ – hell (inferno) has ‘no’ added. Nice clue!|
|27||RETRAIN||RETAIN (keep) holding (bearing) R (right)|
|28||SPLOTCH||PLOT (scheme) in SCH (school) – definition is ‘distinctive bit of colour’|
|1||CHOPPY||C (cold) and HOPPY (decribing a style of bitter beer)|
|2||PATRON||Dolly PARTON with RT (the heart) reversed (twisted) – definition is ‘backer’|
|3||CROQUETTES||R (rex, king) in COQUETTES (flirts) – fired rolls or sausage shapes of potato, meat etc. I have never thought of these as snacks, but no reason why one could not snack on them, in fact I might start right now…|
|4||TWANG||W (with) in TANG (distinctive flavour) – definition is ‘distinctive sound’ …I can just taste that distinctive breadcrumb flavour in my head…|
|5||STRATAGEM||MEGA TARTS (exceptionally large pasties) reversed (turned over) – …now I am getting seriously hungry…|
|6||NIKE||N (north) IKE (Dwight D. Eisenhower, north American president) – Nike was a Greek godess personifying victory|
|7||TRANSFER||SN (tin) inside (the guts of) RE-FART (break wind again) all reversed (lifting) – definition is ‘shift’. The question mark here indicates ‘refart’ is not likely to be found in the dictionary.|
|8||MISTRUST||MIST (condensation) and RUST (corrosion)|
|13||STANDSTILL||STAND STILL (still be standing, remain upright) – definition is ‘full stop’|
|15||ORWELLIAN||WELL (spring) in (ON AIR)* broadcast=anagram – definition is ‘dystopian’|
|16||TWITCHER||TWIT and CHER (expensive, French) – ‘twitcher’ and ‘anorak’ are both nicknames for birdwatchers (though anorak for birdwatcher is probably dated now)|
|17||INTERMIT||IN TERM (buzzword) IT – definition is ‘pause’|
|19||MISFIT||SF (literary genre) I (one, Roman numeral) inside (devoured by) MIT (US university)|
|20||DEARTH||D (final letter of red) EARTH (planet) – definition is ‘want’|
|23||BOGUS||BOG, US (possible dictionay entry for ‘the John’, US term for toilet)|
|24||ETNA||ViETNAm – volcano in Sicily, periodically active|