421 Hypnos

June 15, 2012

I have never blogged a crossword before, but this was an agreeable one to start with.

Very fair clues from Hypnos and mostly a pleasant stroll, though the NW corner was a bit more of a scramble. ‘Request from Nancy’s little club rejecting rule (8)’ at 9ac was the killer: although with the checked letters it was tolerably obvious what the answer must be, it was not till some hours after I’d finished that I suddenly realised why. ‘Nancy’ indeed!

‘Detest twelve and a half per cent of explosive devices, say (9)’ at 15dn raised a satisfactory groan.

Across

1. SLIGHT: S + LIGHT
5. MAGICIAN: GI in {MANIAC}
9. PETITION: PETIT, as they say in Nancy, + IrON. Hypnos had me going here.
10. SENSOR: S in SEÑOR
11. BEEFBURGER: BEEF + <(RE GRUB)
12. OBOE: B in OO + examinE. Do we allow OO for specs? We’ll let it through this once.
13. WHEATEAR: H in {WET AREA}
16. CADDIE: {ADDICt} + collapsE
17. ANGOLA: A + N + (L in GOA)
19. SANCTITY: CT in SANITY
21. DALI: <(ILiAD)
22. VETERINARY: ERIN in {YEAR TV}
25. HOT AIR: {THORA I}
26. HESITANT: {HINT TEA’S}
27. ETHEREAL: ETHER (it numbs you) + A in EL
28. ARDENT: ARDEN + T

Down

2. LIEGE: Double def, LIEGE / LIÈGE
3. GRIEF: {FIGuRE}
4. TRIBUNE: RIB in TUNE
5. MANAGER: AN AGE in ManchesteR
6. GASTRIC: T(rattoria) in {CIGARS}
7. CONCORDAT: CO + {CAR DON’T}
8. APOLOGIST: A + POLO + GIST
14. HANG ABOUT: HANGAr + BOUT. I thought at first ‘attack’ was not quite right for BOUT, but it is about of illness, not of boxing, that is meant.
15. ABOMINATE: “a bomb in eight” (!)
18. ADVERSE: A + D + VERSE
19. SATCHEL: {CHEAT’S} + L
20. NERISSA: <(AS SIREN)
23. NOTED: No, Ted!
24. RUN-IN: N in RUIN

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