Posted by twencelas on November 24th, 2012
It’s Saturday and another duel with Anax – who appears to be saving on the word count this week. Well we are in a recession!
So a majority of short clues this week, that can add to the difficulty, but also makes the clues read so much more naturally – some examples below:
- One month old radio presenter
- Execute 50 in battle
- Gold rush area in US city
And 3 two word clues
- See what?
- Finish trick
- Heavy container?
And my personal favourite of the puzzle
How Dambusters may be seen – very low (13)
A host of really pleasing clues – surface readings of a particularly high standard with some nice humour too (Partially clean a dirty bottom/ Stuff thrown up is brandy) and all, I believe. following the Ximenean rules of engagement (not that the odd digression should not be discouraged).
As for anything hidden – perhaps but nothing I have spotted, no doubt others will elucidate.
Many thanks Anax – my comment less words, more fun.
DD Double definition; * anagram; Rev. reverse
1 BEHOLD – eh (what) in bold and See
4. FA (soccer bosses) + calm (relax) around e + p (euro pressure) FACEPALM (How stupid)
9. Ex (old) + p (priest) + and (with) = EXPAND (Balloon)
10 squa (crouch mostly – squat) + rely (count) = SQUARELY (dead)
12 damBUSTers = BROKENHEARTED (Very low)
14 pos (mostly swanky – posy) in rite (ceremony) = RIPOSTE (Rejoin)
16 Nec (kiss neck short) + Rose (girl) = NECROSE (Die)
17 Elect (chosen) + r (right) + o (love) = ELECTRO (Dance music)
19 Au (gold) + gust (rush) + a (area) = AUGUSTA (US City)
21 (whocantbesaid)* = SHADOW CABINET (MP’s)
24 a + (actor im)* = AROMATIC (Spicy)
25 DD WIND UP
26 l (50) in compete (battle) = COMPLETE (Execute)
27 pl (extremely peaceful) + ural (river) = PLURAL (rivers for example)
1 BEER BARREL Cryptic definition Heavy is a scottish ale
2 i (one) + pp (leaves) in ho (house) = HIPPO (animal)
3 Rev (TEN NIL) + s (start to substitute) = LINNETS
5 A can (prison) around quaint (charming) + ce (extremely close) = ACQUAINTANCE (contact)
6 last (most unlikely) in (ice)* = ELASTIC (fluid)
7 (loaded)* [anagram indicator is garbage] in ass (rear) = A DEAD LOSS (Useless)
8 May (one month) + o (old) = MAYO (radio presenter as in Simon Mayo)
11 Thee (you) + no mist (all clear) around co (business) = THE ECONOMIST (magazine?)
13 Rev (saves (keeps) + pot (fund) + lo (1a)) = SEVASTOPOL (site of naval base)
15 Pres (head of state) + Rev (moors – fixes) = PRESSROOM (accommodation for reporters)
18 Trail (shadow) around a v (a very) = TRAVAIL (Painful exercise)
20 (real big)* = GABRIEL (Musician)
22 Hidden cleaN A DIRty = NADIR (bottom)
23 Rev(Cram – stuff) = MARC (Brandy)