Posted by beermagnet on August 25th, 2012
I’m always happy to tackle a Nestor crossword. Solving was similar to my previous experience of his work:
A few accessible clues to get started. Several novel wordplay techniques to delight. A few final tougher nuts to crack.
Thanks to Simon who swapped with me for last Saturday’s Tyrus – I think I might have got the better from that deal.
|7||JUDICIAL||Imprisoned in short month, top-rank detectives get backing from the bench (8)
A1 CID reversed inside JUL[y]
Got this on the second attempt (once a crossing letter appeared). Though I was going down the right track from the wordplay as it was quite complex it initially fooled me. Locally we recently had a small victory at a Judicial Review. However the Council have seen fit to virtually ignore this judgement and plough on with their ideologically driven plans. Not sure what happens next.
|9||HACKED||Poor journo and his boss like a lot of voicemail (6)
HACK (Poor journo) ED (his boss) First one answered. The phone hacking scandal rumbles on, with some faces now appearing in court. I’m always surprised when I see the shear number of phones hacked. More than 4,000 according to the Beeb (about 600 specified in forthcoming prosecutions). That is a lot of voicemail
|10||SHREWD||Stroppy woman finally regretted showing cunning (6)
SHREW (Stroppy woman) [regrette]D
|11||COSMETIC||Superficial quote marks Socialist in U-turn (8)
CITE (quote) M[arks] SOC[ialist] all reversed
|12||SOUNDALIKE||One unseen in simulation of silken audio? (10)
(SILKEN AUDIO – I)* AInd: simulation (maybe). Last clue answered and though I’m sure of the answer given the anagram fodder I’m unclear as to how the clue works. How much of the clue is the definition? Is it an &Lit? Is simulation a sufficient anagram indicator especially as it must be part of the def.?
|14||AURA||Beauty marries Beast: their hearts glow (4)
Built from “hearts” of beAUty marRies beAst
|15||MADAME TUSSAUD||Vexed at museum’s Dada, her sculpture attempted realism (6,7)
(AT MUSEUM’S DADA) AInd: Vexed. I spent a while trying to make something from anagram fodder (Vexed at museum) with Dada as the indicator till I had a crossing M and Madame looked likely.
|18||SKIT||Funny scene in second gear (4)
S[econd] KIT (gear)
|20||RESPECTING||Uncovered fresh marmalade ingredient with gallons about (10)
[f]RES[h] PECTIN (marmalade ingredient) G[allons]
|22||DEMERARA||Prepared for conflict over eating date sugar (8)
ERA (date) inside ARMED (Prepared for conflict) reversed
|24||DENUDE||Expose study due for revision (6)
DEN (study) DUE* AInd: for revision
|25||REPEAL||Perhaps give another ring to cancel (6)
Re-peal Should’ve seen this one earlier
|26||ELOQUENT||Persuasive European group keeping ruler apart from English (8)
E[uropean], QUE[e]N (ruler apart from English) inside LOT (group)
|1||MUSHROOM||Enough space for sentimentality to explode? (8)
MUSH (sentimentality) ROOM (space) made into a nice little tongue in cheek clue
|2||PIGEON||Swine and Circe’s end added to Homer, possibly (6)
PIG (swine) [circ]E ON (added to) I was again fooled by that meaning for “homer” – it has come up elsewhere before
|3||WINDJAMMER||Anorak‘s success with music presenter topped hit repeatedly (10)
WIN (success) DJ (music presenter) [h]AMMER Checked later as I wasn’t 100% sure this was an anorak, like a windcheater, as well as a type of ship.
|4||THUS||Like so many a bully, elbowing geek’s head (4)
THU[g]S (many a bully) with G (Geek’s head) elbowed out. I originally thought “elbow” was being used as a connector and the word might end in G.
|5||SCHEMATA||Maths ace’s complicated diagrams (8)
(MATHS ACE)* AInd: complicated
|6||DENIER||One refusing to face facts bridled when getting comeuppance? (6)
Reverse of REINED (bridled)
|8||LICK INTO SHAPE||Half in Lima (the rest cast off coat) copy fashion (4,4,5)
LI[ma], [ma]CKINTOSH, APE (copy) Very interesting double removal mechanism. (My “clue of the puzzle”) I had to stop myself thinking the middle word was WITH after getting the T then getting nowhere
|13||EISTEDDFOD||Craggy priest died in deplorable side of Celtic festival (10)
TED (Craggy priest – ref “Father Ted” TV programme set on Craggy Island) and D[ied] all inside (SIDE OF)* AInd: deplorable. Anagram fodder and crossing letters helping to get this word which I’m sure I could not spell correctly cold.
|16||DITHERER||Hesitant person needs one comforting word when doctor comes round (8)
1 THERE inside DR. There from “there, there” (comforting word)
|17||DING-DONG||Noise ultimately produced in resonant metal object (4-4)
DIN (noise), [produce]D inside GONG (resonant metal object) &Lit. This was one of those clues where the answer seemed likely early on, but I only pencilled in tentative crossing letters till they were confirmed, then managed to decode the wordplay.
|19||KEEPER||Getting a thousand for half as much, lower penalties will come my way (6)
K for D swapped from DEEPER (lower)
|21||TANK UP||Combat vehicle advanced to get loaded (4,2)
TANK (Combat vehicle) UP (advanced)
|23||AXLE||Alternative for porter with cross to bear, in need of wheeled cart? (4)
X (cross) inside ALE (Alternative for porter) Somewhat convoluted definition.