vinyl1 (vinyl1) wrote in times_xwd_times,
vinyl1
vinyl1
times_xwd_times

Times 26743 - Beaver pelts and sot-weed

Solving time: 32 minutes

Music: John Coltrane, Coltrane Jazz






Although I solved this puzzle relatively quickly, I thought it was quite tricky. I didn't know the required meanings of 'chuggers' and 'calender', and I biffed both 'Huron' and 'Hampstead' without being able to figure out how the clues worked. I also put in 'Astor' from the wordplay without knowing who he was. Well, at least I have heard of Karl Barth and Nehemiah.

Across
1BOTANICAL, anagram of IN LAB COAT.
9ALUMINA, A + LUM + IN + A, a compendium of crossword cliches.
10RANCHED, RAN + C[attle] + HE'D.
11TERCE, sounds like TERSE.
12FLUMMOXED, F(LUMMOX)ED, should be a chestnut but isn't.
13EARTHED, hidden in [h]EAR THE D[eer].
15ASTOR, A STOR[y], David Astor, editor of The Observer, ignotus mihi.
17SMITH, SMIT + H.
18CURER, CUR + ER.
19BARTH, BA(R[ome]TH, German theologian Karl Barth.
20PEDICAB, B(ACID)E P, all backwards.
23ORANGEADE, anagram of AGREED ON + A.
25HURON, H(-e,+U)RON. A tricky letter-substitution clue. Last of those = 'e', watchable by all = 'U'.
27BEEFALO, BEE + OLAF backwards. I think I have seen this one before.
28RECLINE, RE + C + LINE, where 'about' is not a containment indicator.
29HAMPSTEAD, HA(MP'S TEA)D, a brilliant clue, which I totally failed to appreciate while solving.
 
Down
1BEREFT, BE REF + T[he].
2TONGUE-TIED, anagram of DINE OUT + GET.
3NEHEMIAH, NE(HE)M + I + A + H, where the container is an anagram of MEN.
4CODEX, COD + EX. Not really an 'ancient script', but an ancient book with pages and a binding, as opposed to a scroll.
5LAUNDERER, LA + UNDER + E.R, a very well-designed and deceptive clue.
6MUTTER, M[outh] + UTTER, where 'utter' and 'nothing more' are both adjectives meaning mere, total, or complete.
7PIER, PIER[rot], just biffed by me.
8CALENDER, C + A LENDER, a machine with rollers used to press cloth or paper.
12HARD PALATE, HARD + PAL ATE, where 'swallowed' is not an enclosure indicator as I first thought.
16TABBOULEH, anagram of [yo]U LOATHE B&B, where the exact spelling may give some solvers difficulty.
17SAPPHIRE, S(A PP)HIRE.
18CHUGGERS, C + HUGGERS, UK slang for authorized and licensed beggars.
21CANDID, CAN + DID.
22B(YE upside-down)OND.
24ALBUM, ALBUM[en]. Albumen is the white of an egg.
26RACK, [c]RACK, i.e. a rack of lamb or something of the sort.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 56 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →