ST 4290 (Sun 17 Aug) – Butterfly nuts

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Solving time: not taken.

I’m afraid I lost interest in this puzzle when I realised that there were several more clues than there should have been. It seems that (in the online version) several additional clues were appended from another crossword (this was later corrected, so I’ve waited a couple of days before blogging this puzzle). The clues that should have been there were pretty average this week, I thought.

* = anagram.

Across
1 SHOPLIFTER; (PILFERS HOT)* – a rather bungled &lit attempt.
7 P + ACT
9 IRRITATE; (TRITE AIR)*
10 VIOLE[n]T – the loose definition refers to the phrase ‘shrinking violet’, while there’s an implied ‘if’ in the wordplay between ‘ferocious’ and ‘around’.
11 FLURRY (two defs) – this is defined by Chambers as ‘the death-agony of the whale’.
13 LARBOARD – an old term for ‘port’, as in the opposite of ‘starboard’.
14 WINDING STAIR; (IS DARING TWIN)*
17 DING[h]Y + SKIPPER – one of these. The link is courtesy of ‘UK Butterflies’, which sounds like it should be a guest publication in the ‘missing words’ round of Have I Got News For You.
20 PEDIGREE; DIG in (E[nglish] + PEER)*
21 CAST + OR – one of the two main stars of the Gemini constellation.
22 BE (= ‘live’) + HALF
23 DAM + AGING
25 PENS (two defs)
26 TIDAL WAVES; (I’D SAVE WALT)*
Down
2 HERALD + I/c
3 P.S. + I
4 I + TA(L)Y
5 TREBLE + S (= ‘soprano’) – not exactly inspired; cf 8dn.
6 RIVERBANK; (BRAVE)* in RINK
7 PHOTOGRAPHS (cryptic definition) – I thought this was quite good. Lord Snowdon is a photographer who was once married to Princess Margaret.
8 CLEAR + S – same comment as for 5dn.
12 RED ADMIRALS; RED (= ‘flushing’) + (DAM SAIL R)* – complementing 17ac.
15 N + ON + PRO + FIT – at least, I think that’s how it breaks down; ‘number’ = N, ‘willing’ = ON (as in ‘onside’, with regard to an activity), ‘advocate’ = PRO (in the sense of someone who is pro-something) and ‘able’ = FIT. (3-6) might have been a better enumeration.
16 DEN + OUNCE – very wordy clue. The ounce is another name for the snow-leopard.
18 YIELDED; (EYELID)* + D
19 R.E. + CEDE – like 5dn and 8dn, this is a very unimaginative breakdown.
21 CAME + L
24 GOA (double definition) – according to Chambers, ‘a grey-brown gizelle of Tibet with backward-curving horns’.

3 comments on “ST 4290 (Sun 17 Aug) – Butterfly nuts”

  1. It must have been a thankless task blogging this. So, thank you.

    Just to be positive, I thought 20ac was rather good. I can’t summon up the will to make any further comment – I had question marks and exclamation points all over the place.

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