24 May, 2013
Some more mysteries to chew. All of these are plucked from British puzzles in the last few months, clues that don’t quite mesh in wordplay or definition for my tormented brain. Please be that virtual aspirin I crave, and unravel the elusive logic if you can. And then to dazzle the crowd – see if you can craft a clue for any or all of the same solutions.
I tucked into God-awful starter, something pungent = AMMONIA [Starter can be A, and the pungent part is the defintion. Dear Araucaria, who or what is the awful Ammon?]
Speaker’s to keep greeting in store for farmer, perhaps = HAYLOFT [Times 9580 has me clutching at straws.]
Online engine providing tips to display = ICON [Same setter. Same muddle.]
Economist to get by smoothly talking up Scottish football team = GALBRAITH [From a while ago, Times 8522 still gnaws me.]
Baron goes for special in dessert course = SYLLABUB [Don’t know where to start with Alberich’s confection!]
Outshines without deceptions, we’re told = EXCELS [I get the definition, Gozo – then you lose me.]
A Bex and lie-down. Or can you save the pain?"