Another reason for forgetting Chambers. What nonsense!

I missed the pups reasoning – thanks Pete

]]>I totally agree that it’s amazing how Cincinnus can set smooth puzzles like this time and again. I did not mean to imply otherwise by my remark.

]]>The word ORDINATE seems to have different uses in Mathematics:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/y-Axis.html

For ABSCISSA, Chambers gives ‘the intercept between a fixed point and the foot

of an ordinate: the x-coordinate in analytical geometry’.

I’m wondering about the general equation of an ordinate.

Should it not be something like “part of x=c (where c is a constant)”?

“Fine if perhaps undistinguished Cincinnus”?

I think it’s amazing how one can set smooth puzzles like this time after time after time (Dac in the Independent is another example).

Just a couple of remarks.

In 1ac the composer is Sir Michael TIPPETT (with double-T).

So ‘Composer’s short’ is the construction, while the definition is just ‘cape’.

The ellipsis in 21/22d makes perfect sense because, together, it gives us BOMBER HARRIS (Sir Arthur Travers Harris (1892-1984), Marshal of the RAF, responsible for bombing raids against German towns during WWII).