Posted by twencelas on December 29th, 2012
‘Tis the Saturday before Christmas and a puzzle from Tyrus to blog – what could be better?
Another Tyrus puzzle full of original ideas led to much head scratching for me, for which I am grateful. Some nice general knowledge touches in the clues also (Bros, Disraeli, Boris Johnson, Hugo Boss, Tony Curtis, Amis, George Bush, Benjamin Netanyahu and Tom Watson (not the golfer)) to keep us solvers away from the dictionaries.
A couple of risque answers ON THE JOB (took me a while to see the derivation of this one, but in my defence we get less exposure of his buffoonery up here in Newcastle) and SHORT AND CURLIES (a marvellous clue).
Probably my favourite clue is 1dn – just because the leader of the richest country in the world has come out with such immortal lines over the years of his presidency and he would have been better keeeping quiet. 5dn also deserves a mention for being such a short and simple clue (when you see it).
13across has me a little stumped. Over to the audience.
Thanks Tyrus and a Happy New Year to all setters and solvers. It is always a pleasure to pit my wits against your clues.
Rev. Reverse, DD Double definition, * Anagram
1 B (Bonus initially) + Reverse (Not so (untrue)) = BOSTON (City)
4 Bros (Old boy band) in (seen)* [anagrind is rarely] = EN BROSSE (Hairstyle)
9 (a hairdresser could nt – dear)* = SHORT AND CURLIES (A hairdresser could n’t perm these)
11 Disraeli (PM) – D (Leader ignored) = ISRAELI (Benjamin Netanyahu?)
12 SETTING – DD What Tyrus is doing and In the backround
13 Mutt (dog) on lead (being walked) somehow the l changes to h with home not lost = MUTTONHEAD (Idiot)
15 BOSS (DD Head and Hugo Boss (Designer)
17 Hidden reSIDEnt = SIDE (Party)
18 (country)* + (tis)* = TONY CURTIS (Old hairstyle)
21 (remain)* [Anagrind vulnerable] around K (a thousand) = MANKIER (not so good)
22 It (sex) + or (an alternative) after Visa (method of payment) – a (a lost) = VISITOR (She calls)
24 (he makes lots)* [Anagrind Mistakes] + tory (right) = THE SAME OLD STORY (It’s nothing new)
25 Amis (novelist) – a (head) + tress (hair) = MISTRESS (Lady)
26 as (like) + Guard (Sounds like – protectors) = ASGARD (Where gods are)
1 Bum (no good) around sh (quiet) + is = BUSHISM (a fatuous thing to say – George Bush’s legacy to the world!)
2 Rev. (Troops (forces) – t (town)) = SPOOR (Scent)
3 Rev (BoJo (as in Boris Johnson)) around then (“after” cycling i.e. nthe) = ON THE JOB (Bonking)
5 NECESSARY EVIL Cryptic definition
6 Rear (back – e(pointless)) + i + try (go) – r (right away) = RARITY (something out of the ordinary)
7 Spout (tell me) about it + it (italians) = SPIT IT OUT (Go on!)
8 (Guinness – u (uniform))* = ENSIGNS (Old soldiers)
10 (br (empty backwater) + single house)* = NEIGHBOURLESS (could be so described)
14 TV DINNERS DD Scoff watching soaps? as in soap operas and easy to do (as in microwaved)
16 sub (advance) + assissts (helps) – as (when) = SUBSISTS (Lives frugally)
17 say (state) – a (heartless) + MP Tom (Tom Watson is the MP for West Bromwich East) = SYMPTOM (Sign)
19 stayed (kept) around r romeo = STRAYED (was unfaithful)
20 Rev Dim (Cloud) + hair (barnet) – h (hard) = MIDAIR (During flight)
23 Thor (God) + a = THORA (Woman)