Posted by Simon Harris on August 5th, 2012
A little while since I’ve blogged a Sunday Glow-worm, I think, so a nice change for me. I left this one a bit late in the week, so it was convenient that it wasn’t too onerous, and I seemed to sail through it fairly swiftly.
That’s not to suggest that there wasn’t anything of interest here. In fact there were a couple of nice reverse-cryptic devices, some international references that were new to me, and some nice interplay between several clues. Good stuff, all in all.
I didn’t spot any hidden or thematic matter, but look forward to being enlightened in case something has flown over my head.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||TILL – dd.|
|3||COUNTERACT – COUNTER + ACT.|
|9||MACHINE – CH in MAINE.|
|11||SUPPOSE – SUP + POSE.|
|12||LONG-RANGE – GRAN in (LONG + E[stablishment]).|
|13||ELATE – [m]E[a]L[s] A[n]T[h]E[a].|
|14||STEEPLECHASE – (SEE THE PLACES)*.|
|18||SECRET POLICE – (LEICESTER COP)*. I can only assume that I’m too young to have heard of the NKVD, but they don’t sound very nice at all.|
|21||HOURS – H + OURS.|
|22||PESTILENT – T in (P.E. + SILENT).|
|24||BUGABOO – BUG + AB + OO.|
|25||VAMOOSE – MOO in VASE.|
|26||AT THE LEAST – (THAT’S + ELATE)*.|
|27||ARKS – [m]ARKS.|
|1||TIMELESS – a reverse cryptic, in that NIGH[t] could be clued as “timeless”.|
|2||LICENSEE – [r]E[nt] in SILENCE*.|
|4||ODEON – ODE + ON.|
|5||NISSEN HUT – H in SUNNIEST*.|
|6||EXPRESSIONISM – EXPRESS + (I in SIMON*).|
|7||AMORAL – A.M. + ORAL.|
|8||THE FEW – dd. Reference to Churchills famous
Never, in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so fewquote, concerning the Battle of Britain airmen.
|10||IRREPRESSIBLE – R[eading] in (LIB PEERS RISE)*.|
|15||EUROPHOBE – (OUR PHOEBE)*.|
|16||FIRE DOOR – FIRE + ROOD<.|
|17||RESTLESS – another reverse cryptic, since “eve” could be clued as a RESTLESS version of (Mount) Everest.|
|19||PHOBIA – HOB in PIA. Again, I wasn’t familiar with the airline, but it seemed feasible.|
|20||NUGGET – [lo]GGE[rs] in NUT.|
|23||SAVES – S[t]AVES, nicely confirming that 1D can indeed be used to clue the removal of a “t” in wordplay!|