Monthly Prize Puzzle – 045
A Puzzle by Radler
The instructions for this puzzle were:
All except one 28ac may be found in the completed grid (as whole or partial solutions). What is the missing member of the set?
Congratulations to Dutch who found eleven of the Houses of the Zodiac in the solutions. The missing one is Aquarius – the Water Carrier – the Radler Award for Particularly Observant Solvers goes to Beet for noticing the other water carrier at 15d
1a Incline angle based on speed of light ray (5-4)
CRAMP-FISH (Aries) – (Pisces) – Hands up if you’d heard of this electric ray or torpedo fish? RAMP (incline) FISH (angle) all put after or ‘based on’ C, the speed of light.
6a Around 50:50 accept the truth of tyrant (5)
BULLY (Taurus) – BUY (accept the truth of) ‘accepts’ two lots of the Roman numeral for 50.
9a Doubles bet, finally hits the jackpot (5)
TWINS (Gemini) – The final letter of beT and WINS (hits the jackpot).
10a Liven orgy with boobs smothering (9)
OVERLYING – An anagram (with boobs) of LIVEN ORGY.
11a Island Muslim revolutionary arrested over fare from Cyprus (8)
HALLOUMI – A reversal (revolutionary) of I (island) MULLAH (Muslim) into which is inserted (arrested) O (over).
12a Insides of bottles filled with so-called tea (6)
VITALS – VIALS (bottles) ‘filled with’ T (sounds like, so-called) tea).
14a It‘s figuratively art, if subverted (8)
GRAFFITI – An anagram (subverted) of FIG (figuratively) ART IF.
16a Capital between China and Iran (5)
NAIRA – The monetary unit (capital) of NIGERIA is hidden in ChiNA IRAn
18a Fresh food (5)
CRISP – Double definition, one an adjective, the other a not particularly healthy food.
20a Lifts up vest – she’s right, ale’s liberating (8)
ELEVATES – An anagram (liberating) of VEST E (the ‘right’ hand letter of she) ALE.
23a Bow Bridge (6)
ARCHER (Sagittarius) – One who uses a bow or a description of a bridge.
24a One leg’s claimed ordinary faced with nearly twenty eight legs and a tail (8)
SCORPION (Scorpio) – PIN (one leg) ‘claimed’ or had inserted an O (Ordinary) preceded by (faced with) SCOR(e) (‘nearly’ twenty or a score)
27a Low carbon alternative? No! (5,4)
BROWN COAL – This fuel which is not low carbon can be found in an anagram (alternative) of LOW CARBON.
28a Theatre music (5)
HOUSE – This double-definition clue gives us the necessary information to enable us to see that the theme is Houses of the Zodiac.
29a Goal, and another gutted! It s all over (5)
ENDED – END (goal) and E[n]D (another goal ‘gutted’)
30a International tax correspondent (4,5)
TEST MATCH – TEST (tax as a verb) MATCH (correspondent).
1d See why we’re told about letter – selfless and unforgettable (6)
CATCHY – C Y (homophones, we’re told’ of see and why) put about an AITCH (letter) once you have removed the I (‘self’ less).
2d Central characters, taxi almost runs over (5)
AXIAL – Hidden (runs over) in tAXI ALmost
3d Counterfeit ticket not up to usual standard (4,3)
PASS OFF – PASS (ticket) OFF (not up to usual standard)
4d Band providing box for the Prince of Wallachia? (4,6)
IRON MAIDEN (Virgo) – The name of this band is also a box lined with iron spikes in which someone like Vlad the Impaler (the Prince of Wallachia) might use.
5d Mark of the man, would you say? (4)
HEED – Mark or listen to – a homophone (you say) of HE’D (the man would).
6d Will I get supported by very many? (7)
BILLION (Leo) – BILL (Will being another abbreviated form of Wiliam) I (from the clue) ON (supported by)
7d Rejected ace is top scorer on first team (4,5)
LAID ASIDE – A (ace) inserted into (scores) LID (top) and followed with A SIDE (first team).
8d Old European fellow upset Big John (8)
YUGOSLAV – GUY (fellow) reversed (upset) followed by OS (oversize, big) and LAV (John being an informal term for the toilet, as is lav)
13d Perhaps years, maybe decades wasted as ice melts (10)
TIMESCALES (Libra) – An anagram (wasted) of AS ICE MELTS
15d Retro 2-litre car keeps cool: it carries water (4-5)
RAIN-CLOUD – Reverse (retro) DUO (2) L (litre) CAR (from the clue) and insert IN (cool, fashionable)
17d Claw of small crustacean more adept without shell (8)
SCRABBLE (Cancer) – Here claw is a verb – S (small) CRAB) crustacean) and BLE (aBLEr (more adept) without it’s shell or outside letters).
19d Earl interrupted before conclusion, getting congratulated (7)
PREENED – Congratulated oneself. E (earl) interrupts PRE END (before conclusion)
21d A top husband, mother builds up father (7)
ABRAHAM – The Hebrew patriarch (father) – A (from the clue) BRA (top) H (husband) and a reversal (builds up) of MA (mother)
22d She schemed with men to devise trap (6)
ENMESH – An anagram (schemed) of SHE and MEN.
25d One it’s said, was acquainted with computing language (5)
INUIT – I (one) NU (a homophone, it’s said, of KNEW, was acquainted with) IT (computing)
26d One horny gazelle, head to tail (4)
GOAT (Capricorn) – GOA (a grey-brown gazelle of Tibet) and T (the ‘head’ to Tail).
Thanks once again to Radler, Mrs BD and BD for their parts in this ‘production’.
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