?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Times 25651

Solving time: 1:10:27 - although I'm pretty sure I fell asleep in the middle somewhere, but I'm not sure how long for!

A tricky puzzle that I probably would have enjoyed more had I not been so tired. Lots of good wordplay.

It's hard to pick a COD as there are several contenders, but I think I'll go for 4d for it's 'chat about old times' construction.

cd = cryptic def., dd = double def., rev = reversal, homophones are written in quotes, anagrams as (--)*, and removals like this

Across
1BOAT RACE = BRACE about OATh
5S + CATTY - A queen being a female cat
9OVER (on) + LOOK (air)
10REV + IE + noW
12DISAPPOINTING = (AIDING TOPSPIN)*
15R + OUSE
16ARHYTHMIC = (CHARITY + HiM)*
17SORTILEGE = LEG (member) in SORTIE (charge) - not a word I knew, and it took me a while to come up with it from the wordplay.
19DUBAI = (I + BUD) rev about A
20ASK FOR TROUBLE - dd
22PICNIC = "PICK" (cream) + "NICK" (the jug, i.e. prison) - 'Money for jam' is an expression similar to 'money for old rope', and a picnic is something easy, more commonly used in the negative, as in 'that was no picnic'.
23PENLIGHT = mEN in PLIGHT
25VOYAGE = O in VictorY + EG (say) rev after A
26PERSONAL = PEAL (ringing) about aRSON
Down
1Boxer + ROAD (way) + BRUSH (encounter)
2pACE
3RELAPSE = PALER rev + S/E (bridge opponents)
4CHOCOLATE-BOX = (BE COOL + CHAT)* + O + X (times)
6CHEMIST = C (key) + MIST (film) about HE (explosive)
7THINGAMABOB = (HATING A BOMB)* - I was glad this was an anagram as I wouldn't have spelt it ike this otherwise!
8YAWL = LAY (song) about W (women) - A sailing boat
11IN THE EXTREME = IN (popular) + TEXT (words) about HE (the man) + REME (part of army - Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers)
13SQUIREARCHY = SEARCH + Y about QUIRe
14OCCIDENTAL = (IDOL + ACCENT)*
18INKLING = LINKING with the L moved down three places
19DOODLES = DO (gathering, party) + SELDOm rev
21SPIV = VIPS rev
24GIN = GI (man fighting) + N (knight) - 'a short' is the definition

Comments

jackkt
Dec. 6th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad this wasn't my Friday as it took me a full 90 minutes with virtually every clue a struggle to solve. I kept expecting a breakthrough, an answer that would go in and unlock the rest of the puzzle, but it never came. I was however pleased to get there without resort to aids, even for my LOI, SORTILEGE where I was on the point of reaching for a dictionary when the wordplay suddenly clicked and gave me the solution. I never heard of it either, and I'd also have spelt THINGAMABOB differently but for the anagrist.