Taswegian Confusion (from the 3rd of October)

8 down: 21, 13-down (natural Tasmanian) sowed and planted during thinning process (7)

The answer here is cundall, as in Peter Cundall, the Tasmanian horticulturalist. I just can’t figure out why.

3 down: Glow briefly engulfs key English director (5)

Mike Leigh is an English director, so leigh = English director makes sense, but I can’t quite figure the rest out even though glow = light and glow briefly = ligh sounds about right.

26 across: Spicy as 13-down’s (Tasmanian’s) home? (8)

The answer is devilled, and I’m kind of getting a reference to a Tasmanian devil and a town or ville, but it’s not completely watertight an explanation.

4 thoughts on “Taswegian Confusion (from the 3rd of October)

  1. 3-down: I think the direct clue is just “director”. That means LIGH (glow briefly) embraces key English (“E”, ie the first/capital) letter, making LEIGH for director. Of course, the presence of “English” (as opposed to, say, “Ethiopian”) helps point you in the right direction.

    26-across: I didn’t get this, but I think it’s a reference to devilled eggs, which are spicy. Not sure where the LED comes from, though.

  2. Key English = E is crap, though.

    Of course, DA has been known to do this kind of thing.

  3. 8 down: 21, 13-down (natural Tasmanian) sowed and planted during thinning process (7)

    My suggestion is –
    Thinning process = cull, nda is an anagram of and. Cull on the outside of nda could be “Cu nda ll” = CUNDALL – natural Tasmanian. Now all we have to work out is, of “sowed” and “planted”, which one is the anagram indicator and which one is the containment indicator. Or does it really matter?

    In Australia, cull only seems to be used to refer to shooting wild animals, especially kangaroos, doesn’t it?

  4. Nice get.

    And cull I think has its specific meaning in Australia, killing wild animals, but it’s used more widely as well.

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