17 March, 2015
Over coffee I struggled to crack a puzzle by a devious rogue called Radler, downloaded from Big Dave's [excellent] Crossword Blog. Managed to solve all but one, though I'm still head-scratching over a few subterfuges. Namely:
1. Rhetoric with nothing much put out by Spain after article there = ELOQUENCE [I get the EL, and the nothing, but the remainder...?]
2. Under pressure to remove drug for pain relief = _E_S?? [Dunno. Do you? That's the one I missed.]
And from recent Times:
3. A couple of Scotsmen: pygmies = TWA [Ha?]
4. On both sides of line, squad's not yet fired = UNLIT [Both sides of line?]
5. Recurring problems with eye reported by hospital - this problem? = STRABISMUS [I'm trying to wangle Barts - a London hospital - into this answer, and missing the procedure...]
6. Unemployed South African chap has to integrate = OUT OF USE [Tell me TOFU has no nori roll here...]
7. Pompous golfer’s second round = OROTUND [O + ROUND but how's the T implicated?
Any insights or other eurekas eagerly awaited. And if the Muse moves, then try to compose an alternative clue for any answer here. Thanks.