Sunday, 3 August 2014

No 2802, Sunday 03 Aug 2014

1   A way into free flight (8) AVIATION {A}{VIA}{INTO*}
5   Air in a small French city (6) AMIENS {A}{MIEN}{S}
10 Carved ornament from southern UK pocketed by naughty teen (7) NETSUKE {NET{S}{UK}E*}
11 Light tail of gull, an aquatic bird (7) LANTERN {L}{AN}{TERN}
12 What's left on land surrounding good American resort? (4,5) LONG BEACH {L}{ON}G} {BEACH}
13 Poet sure to receive a first from Trinity (5) YEATS {YE{A}{T}S}
14 Free hand in chapter in new tabernacle (5,7) CARTE BLANCHE {CARTE BLAN{CH}E*}
18 Second long night I worked - doing this? (12) MOONLIGHTING {MO}{LONG+NIGHT+I}*
21 Caught having joint in prison (5) CLINK {C}{LINK}
22 Nonsense about trusted adviser being a bully (9) TORMENTOR {TOR<=}{MENTOR}
24 Tell about swim outside (7) BREATHE {B{RE}ATHE}
25 A soldier landed by end of runway demonstrating dexterity (7) AGILITY {A}{GI}{LIT}{Y}
26 Crude burrow close to spinney (6) EARTHY {EARTH}{Y}
27 Has ordered blooming sharkskin! (8) SHAGREEN {HAS*}{GREEN}

1   Runs into an aged English poet (6) ARNOLD {A{R}N}{OLD}
2   Under canvas showing purpose? (6) INTENT {IN}{TENT}
3   Basic drawing fixes sailing vessel after hitch (9,6) THUMBNAIL SKETCH {THUMB}{NAIL S}{KETCH}
4   A diamond ring turned up in the end (5) OMEGA {O}{MEG}{A}<=
6   Dishonest financial behaviour in Ireland - young men involved (5,10) MONEY LAUNDERING*
7   Fine quality - for example, in eastern cavalry weapon (8) ELEGANCE {E}{L{EG}ANCE}
8   Ominous, nun going round home (8) SINISTER {S{IN}ISTER}
9   Group of characters in river near Xanadu needing help (8) ALPHABET {ALPH}{ABET}
15 Jointly, move up, secured by rope (8) TOGETHER {T{OG<=}ETHER}
16 Fit to drink mineral, or cordial (8) AMICABLE {A{MICA}BLE} Why the 'or'?
17 Boss around pit cutting live wire (8) DOMINEER {DO{MINE}ER}
19 Line street, ready (6) STRIPE {ST}{RIPE}
20 Original piece of cotton fabric taken from drawer (6) CRAYON {C}{RAYON}
23 Come to an open stretch of  (5) REACH [DD]


  1. Special at 10:30 by new setter Bruno

  2. I think we should not be led to think of LIME in MINERAL. LIME CORDIAL?

  3. In 16d, 'or' is a link between the wordplay and the def.
    It is one of several legitimate link words in crossword clues - such as in, and, of, for...
    As both mineral and cordial are drinks, the link sits well there.

  4. Nice one today, got very few on first pass, but they slowly fell in place.

    1. That's the general trend in these Everyman CWs