Posted by RatkojaRiku on September 25th, 2012
It is Tuesday today, so it is not easy to predict whose work will be in store for solvers and blogger alike.
I hadn’t blogged a Scorpion for a while so I was quite excited when I started this one, and indeed, Scorpion lived up to my expectations. As it is Tuesday, you know to be on the lookout for a theme, but I didn’t actually spot one in this puzzle. On the other hand, I did spot that the grid is a pangram.
I worked my way through this grid – which was new to me, by the way – at a fairly even pace – no sting in Scorpion’s tail this time! Overall, I found that I was solving the shorter entries first and only then making inroads into the longer ones once there were enough letters in.
There are a lot of intricate composite clues in this one, with original indicators for selecting/dropping letters from words – e.g. belly of, extremists to, peripherally, character inside – that I found truly refreshing, if a tad daring.
12 was the last one in today, although 23 was the hardest for me to parse. My favourite clue today was 15, for its smooth surface and well-disguised definition and for affording me a moment of nostalgia (The Sweeney was a particular favourite in our house when I was a child); this was closely followed by 27, for its smooth surface. I also smiled at the irrelevant linkage (…) between 6 and 9.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|5||GRACE||*(C<h>ARGE); “leaving hotel (=H)” means letter “h” is dropped; “fixed” is anagram indicator;|
|6||SCARGILL||[CAR (=vehicle) in S<econd> G<ear> (“starts in” means first letters only)] + ILL (=badly); the reference is to Arthur Scargill, leader of the NUM during the miners’ strike in the 1980s|
|9||LANCELOT||LANCE (=cyclist Armstrong) + LOT (=works, as in I had the works); this time the reference is to Arthurian legend|
|10||EVOLVE||VOLV<o> (=Swedish car; “when contracted” means last letter is dropped) in E E (=electronics, i.e. 2 x E for electronic, as in email)|
|11||PAUNCH||<b>A<r> (“character inside” means middle letter only) in PUNCH (=thump)|
|13||GINSBERG||[B<ull> (“head” means first letter only) in *(SINGER)] + G<uiness> (“primarily” means first letter only); “performed” is anagram indicator; the reference is to American Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-97)|
|14||MOJO||MO (=doctor) + JO<y> (=happiness; “endless” means last letter dropped)|
|16||LILAC||I (=one) in LLAC (CALL=ring; “which turns” indicates reversal)|
|17||EXES||EXE (= “flower”, i.e. River) + <tear>S (“close to” means last letter only)|
|19||ADHERENT||A<ccepte>D (“peripherally” means first and last letters only) + HERE (=present) + NT (=religious books, i.e. New Testament)|
|21||ESCHEW||ESC (=characters on keyboard, i.e. the ESC key) + HEW (=axe)|
|23||DÉJÀ VU||[E (=electronic) in DJ (=Jock, i.e. disc jockey)] + AVU (UVA=light, i.e. ultraviolet radiation with a range of 320-380 nanometres; “back” indicates reversal)|
|24||COLTRANE||COLT (=arm, i.e. gun) + *(NEAR); “stretched” is anagram indicator; the reference is to American Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane (1926-67)|
|26||IMMOLATE||MO (=instant, i.e. moment) in I’M LATE (=confession of tardy person)|
|27||EQUAL||QU (=queen) in <d>EAL (=card handout; “losing daughter (=D) means letter “d” is dropped); the definition is “match” as a verb|
|1||FALCON||FAL (= “runner”, i.e. River) + CON (=fleece, i.e. swindle)|
|2||REAL||Homophone (“pronounced”) of “reel” (=stagger)|
|3||PSST||S<eem>S (“vacuous” means first and last letter only, i.e. the word is “emptied”) in PT (=training)|
|4||TABERNACLE||TAB (=bill, as in to pick up the tab for) + *(CLEANER); “ordered” indicates an anagram|
|5||GUANACO||GUA (AUG=one month; “upset” indicates vertical reversal) + NAC<h>O (=tortilla chip; “not hot (=H)” means letter “h” is dropped); a guanaco is a wild llama, hence “South American resident”|
|7||GOODBYE||GOO (=sticky stuff) + D<au>B (“extremists to” means first and last letters only”) + YE (=the old-fashioned)|
|8||LOVER||<g>LOVER (=manual worker); “who loses good (=G)” means letter “g” is dropped|
|12||HALLELUJAH||HALLÉ (=Orchestra) + [J<acket> (“leader in” means first letter only) in LUAH (HAUL=convey; “uplifting” indicates vertical reversal)]|
|13||GILET||Reversed (“reflective”) and hidden (“catches”) in “cigaretTE LIGhter”|
|15||OREGANO||REGAN (=cop in The Sweeney, i.e. Jack Regan, played by John Thaw) in <cr>OO<ks> (“belly” means middle letters only); the definition is simply “leaves”, i.e. herbs|
|18||ETERNAL||TERN (=high-flier, i.e. bird) in E<l> AL (=airline; “ignoring locations initially (=L)” means letter “l” is dropped); Rome is known as the Eternal City|
|20||DREAM||<ruine>D (“ultimately” means last letter only) + REAM (=sheets, i.e. of paper)|
|22||CORPUS||COR (=My!, i.e. exclamation) + PUS<s> (=cast; “Manx” means tailless, i.e. last letter is dropped)|
|24||CHEZ||CHE (=an Argentine, i.e. Che Guevara) + Z (=last character, i.e. in alphabet)|
|25||LEEK||E (=low-grade, e.g. in UK exams) in LEK (=Albanian bread, i.e. unit of currency)|