The Golden (from 17th of October)

Thanks to the commenters, we’ve got the following pieces of highly exquisite gold:

1 down: Safe cushy job in shed (6)

Here, cushy job = sinecure giving cushy job in shed = secure = safe (very nice use of shed as a verb rather than a noun).

5 across: She’s hot to trot — yet inert after big apple? (6)

This clue is one part nasty to two parts gold. The brilliant piece of nastiness comes from inert = mpho, which is an inspired shorthand for zero miles per hour. With that we then get big apple = ny, giving yet inert after big apple? = nympho = she’s hot to trot.

9 across: Princess stops old Israel national siding with America (8)

Again, another inventive use of a word, in this case siding. What we’ve got here is princess = di and old Israel = canaan, which gives princess stops old Israel = canadian = national siding with America (where siding takes on the meaning of bordering in this instance).

13 across: Old redhead composer in cuckoo grove (9)

Wonderful reference to a political leader with composer = bach and cuckoo grove = gorev giving composer in cuckoo grove = gorbachev = old redhead.

7 down: Fledgling detainee singularly supported infinite truce (8)

This is perhaps one of the most difficult and brilliant clues DA has ever created. Detainee = hicks, detainee singularly = hick, truce = peace and infinite peace = peac (something infinite is endless), all of which means detainee singularly supported infinite truce = peachick = fledgling.

8 down: Sick of what you see in summary (8)

Yet again, DA invents. Sick of = over (think slang) and what you see = view, so that sick of what you see = overview = summary.

One thought on “The Golden (from 17th of October)

  1. I only got Canadian because they were the only letters that would fit…but what about this week’s!! Have 3 and a half clues put and can’t make headway on any of the across “themed” clues. Awaiting some help.

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