Posted by RatkojaRiku on February 28th, 2013
An opportunity to blog an Anax puzzle is a rare and somewhat daunting treat, which I approached with a blend of excitement and trepidation this morning.
Would I be able to finish the puzzle and blog it quickly enough before work and yet still have time to savour every last one of his carefully crafted clues? This answer to this question is a resounding yes, although an hour and fifteen minutes probably doesn’t count as “quickly” for many solvers on here.
I got off to a very slow start on this one, filling in only short entries at 5, 7, 20, 22, 22, 24 and 27 on first perusal, so I knew that I needed a long entry or two to get me going. These came in the shape of 11 and 21, whereupon the puzzle gradually fell into place. 14 was the last in, since it fitted the letters, although I had no idea how it matched either the wordplay or the definition – total deception, in other words! Eventually, I unpicked the wordplay and then decided there had to be a goalkeeper somewhere called Given, and confirmed this via Google.
25 was a new word for me and I could hardly believe my eyes when finding Porgy in the Chambers definition! My favourite clues today are 21 for its smooth simplicity and 4 for its wordplay, which baffled me for ages until the penny dropped and I was transported to 1980s Weatherfield and the feisty Bet Lynch!
Many thanks, Anax, for an entertaining and head-scratching start to my working day.
*(…) indicates an anagram
|1||PUSH||PU (UP=ahead, as in They’re a goal up; “turning” indicates reversal) + SH (=say nothing)|
|3||CLEFT STICK||LEFT (=deserted) in [C<left> (“start to” means first letter only) + STICK (=gum)]; the definition is “spot”, i.e. tricky situation|
|9||EVIL||LIVE (=in person); “from the other side” indicates reversal|
|10||APPOINTEES||[*(POP) in AINT (=are not)] + EES (SEE=get it, i.e. understand; “returned” indicates reversal); “fizzy” is anagram indicator|
|12/6||I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO||*(CALIFORNIAN FISHERMEN + SCATTY (=entry at 18); “at sea” is anagram indicator; the reference is to the 1962 song (“number”) by Tony Bennett|
|15||LAP DANCE||PDA (=organiser, i.e. Personal Digital Assistant) in LANCE (=Armstrong, i.e. disgraced cyclist)|
|16||UNESCO||U (=United) + [ESC (=key, i.e. on computer keyboard) in NO (=certainly not)]|
|18||SCATTY||CAT (=animal) in STY (=enclosure)|
|19||FRUITFUL||RU (=football, i.e. Rugby Union) in FITFUL (=interrupted, e.g. of sleep)|
|21||STORE DETECTIVE||Cryptic definition: read “lift” as case of shoplifting, theft|
|23||CONTINUOUS||[TINU=UNIT(=one; “turning” indicates reversal) + O (=over, in cricket)] in [CO (=business) + NUS (=student, i.e. National Union of Students)]|
|25||SCUP||<bes>S (“ultimate” means last letter only) + CUP (=trophy); a scup is the northern porgy, an Atlantic marine fish|
|26||SELF-ESTEEM||[EL (=the Spanish, i.e. Spanish word for the) + FEST (=indulgence, as in sleaze-fest)] in SEEM (=come over as, i.e. appear)|
|1||PLEXIGLASS||X (=kiss, entry at 8) in *(SPILLAGES); “liquid” is anagram indicator; plexiglass is a light, transparent thermoplastic|
|2||SPIDER PLANT||PLAN (=idea) in *(STRIPED); “pants” (=rubbish) is anagram indicator|
|4||LIP-SYNCH||[I<diotically> P<unched> S<omeone> (“initially” means first letters only] in LYNCH (=Bet landlady, i.e. Bet Lynch, former landlady of the Rovers Return in Coronation Street); the definition is “(to) mouth”|
|5||FROZEN||FR (=father, i.e. religious) + <d>OZEN (=12; “beheaded” means first letter dropped); the definition is “like ice (=entry at 7)|
|7||ICE||Hidden (“buried”) in “VolcanIC Eruption”; the definition is “rocks”, as in scotch on the rocks|
|8||KISS||K is S describes transformation of “pun-s” into “pun-k”|
|11||STEAM TURBINE||*(MUST BE NEAR IT); “vibrating” is anagram indicator|
|13||IT’S A FAIR COP||*(IF CAPTOR IS A); “criminal” is anagram indicator|
|14||GOALKEEPER||RE (=again) + PEEK (=look) + [O (=old) in LAG (=loiter)]; “lifts” indicates (here full) vertical reversal; the definition is “Given one of these”, referring to Shay Given, the goalkeeper for Aston Villa|
|17||PROTRUDE||ROT (=my eye, i.e. nonsense) in PRUDE (=old maid)|
|20||ADJUST||A + DJ (=jacket, i.e. dinner jacket) + *(SU<i>T); “one (=I) removed from” means letter “i” dropped from anagram, indicated by “possibly”; the definition is “to make (to) suit”, adapt|
|22||ACTS||Double definition: ACTS is a “book” of the NT AND “bands, comedians, etc”|
|24||NIL||LIN<k> (=couple, i.e. join); “not quite” means last letter dropped; “retired” indicates reversal|