Posted by PeeDee on October 3rd, 2012
One expects a challenge from Monk, but I think this was difficult by anyone’s standards.
Round the edge of the grid are THE THE (1980′s pop band) THE BARD (Shakespeare) THE OAKS (
a country pub? horse race at Epsom) and THE END (the end). Possibly there is a theme here, but if there is it escapes me, and anyway I am so mentally exhausted from solving this that I coulnd’t follow it anyway. My clear favourite today is 3dn, no competition!.
Thank you Monk for a great morning’s work.
Hold the mouse pointer over any clue number to read the clue.
|7||TOYOTA||TO and A TOY (corgi manufacture model cars) reversed (returned)|
|8||FOUCALT||OUt (almost=cut short) and C (caught) in FAULT (error) – Leon Foucalt former French physicist|
|9||HEIGHTEN||EIGHT (two fours) in HEN (female) – definition is raise|
|10||SERAPH||RAP (short sharp blow) inside (boxed by) HE’S reversed – a winged angel|
|11||EDIT||TIDE (trend) reversed|
|12||SALSA VERDE||(SERVE SALAD)* – defiition is &lit, a type of salad dressing (among other things)|
|14||BRASSIE||BRASSIERE (lingerie) with ER (queen) removed – a type of golf club|
|16||MAESTRO||A and S placed separately (broken) into METRO (urban railway)|
|19||ALL THE BEST||ALL (without exception) THE BEST (unsurpassed)|
|21||SHIA||SH (mum, quiet) AI (excellent) reversed (about)|
|22||RAGOUT||RAG (newspaper) OUT (published)|
|24||SHAMROCK||SHAM (hoax) ROCK (diamond) – the shamrock is associated with the Irish nation|
|25||D-NOTICES||(EDICTS ON)* anagram=broadcasts – former name for DA-Notices, requests from government to newspapers to refrain from publishing a story|
|26||DRIERS||DRIvERS (golf clubs) with no centre (heartless) – I guess a drier might drain something. This seems a bit of a vague definition to me.|
|1||TOREADOR||OREAD (nymph) in TOR (hill) – a bullfighter, dangerous to bulls|
|2||HOGGET||O (old) GG (horse) in THE* (anagram=excited) – a name for a young sheep|
|3||EARTH SHINE||EAR (listener) (HINTS HE)* anagram=is playing – the equivalent of moonlight, night time light from earth seen from the moon. What a cracking clue!|
|4||TUNS||TUNS with A (are, 100 sq metres) missing (not inside)|
|5||HARRIERS||RE (about) reversed in HARRIS (Isle of Harris). Although often given the name ‘Isle’ Harris is not an island but the southern part of the larger Lewis and Harris.|
|8||FINALS||IN (concerned with) going inside (stopping, like a cork) FALSe (wrong, mostly)|
|13||AVANT-GARDE||(ADVANTAGE R)* R=runs (anagram=out)|
|15||SET FORTH||SET (fixed) and the River FORTH|
|18||CENSUS||CENSUreS (disapproves) with RE (about) removed (given the chop) – definition is ‘count’|
|20||LEARNT||LENT (fast) with cAR (top missing) put (parked) inside – definition is ‘gathered’|
|23||TACE||T (time) ACE (one) – definition is ‘quiet’, an instruction to stop talking|