7 March, 2014
Back to the Telegraph book of crosswords I kept in my Nepalese anorak on the recent trek. Now and then the likes of Osmosis, Micawber, Messinae, Elgar and Notabilis (among the stand-outs in the stable) would offer a rapturous clue that deserves sharing here – minus the answer.
Consider the gems as reward for your own Oscar-mongering earlier this week. Most aren’t so hard, including one of the lewder in the book, ironically from Osmosis: Protection Romeo used during love affair.
Of course, extra hints will be provided if you’re finding the chicanery too much to crack – but I doubt that will be required. Savour these:
It’s bent to sell drugs (3-3) [Messinae]
I wish one pilot to carry on (2,4) [Kcit]
Fast train disrupted by frost (2,1,5) [Osmosis]
Most food in navy at sea is fish (7) [Jed]
Escape death in operation (4) [Citrus]
Cosmetic surgeon operated, discarding outer layer (5) [Osmosis]
Lobby one college with sign of caution (11) [Messinae]
Leaving road, watchman is abandoning underwear for dip (9) [Micawber]
Can you crack the lot? Blab [with caution] in the Comments. And which clue would you rate as the best?