Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 015
Going a bit Elgar by Anax
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Welcome to the fifteenth in our series of weekly puzzles.
This week Anax has provided a puzzle with a personal touch.
After deciding to place a couple of personal answers in the grid, it struck me that Elgar is the prime candidate for doing this sort of thing and that – were he to do so – the clues would be littered with fun, sometimes very Libertarian elements. I can’t emulate Elgar’s talent but I thought it would be interesting to try and incorporate some of his playfulness and occasional risk-taking.
So, as on previous occasions, this is Anax doing a bit of play-acting and temporarily throwing off some of the Ximenean shackles. It’s quite a tough one I think; 4 stars for difficulty would probably be fair, maybe even 5 for some, but I hope you’ll persevere and get the same fun out of solving it as I did writing it.
Some of you may be puzzled by one clue which appears to have no definition, so I’ll just mention that regular contributor Moonstruckminx and I are now a very happy item, and she makes quite regular visits to my northern lair.
A Puzzle by Anax
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|1||Nearly all guards available to take crowd out to lunch (10)||1||I’m going north to meet Anax regularly (4)|
|6||That’s a stop! (4)||2||Award for accepting old woodwind instrument (4)|
|9||Nazi pervert sits on face (10)||3||Half a dozen fences protect part of spike (6)|
|10||A German’s excessive love (4)||4||Reason direction changes? (15)|
|13||This starts to play it after loading number? (7)||5||Cellist’s leisure wear (not uniform) (6)|
|15||Small piece of luggage that’s unopened – soft and neat (6)||7||Free-thinking alien protected by ideal mistress (10)|
|16||Ford car that is a classy vehicle – get into it (6)||8||PayPal’s CEO ordered book (10)|
|17||Full ID required to see film (12,3)||11||Mum’s red skirts I have repeatedly left to get dry (10)|
|18||Book a flight (6)||12||You and I entering list you’d rearranged deliberately (10)|
|20||King the other king rejected (6)||13||So, pump furiously to keep tyre’s shape inflated (7)|
|21||Sat around playing while producing classical pieces (7)||14||Letters initially are / is longer (7)|
|22||Cat’s call as he’s content (4)||19||Rather like this expert (6)|
|25||An old lady’s to cackle about odd stuff (10)||20||Film certificate (adult) and a forged certificate (for all) (6)|
|26||The German axis breaks in at least 48 hours (4)||23||Turned up behind or with the others (2,2)|
|27||Attempt to fit a new spine with ease (10)||24||Joke spectacles by blind man called Charles (1-3)|