I’m so very perplexed: I had many answers solved, but without the slightest of explanations that would justify my writing in the answer.
Anyway, the confusion:
6 down: Cars handle speed? (7)
Here, I figured cars = traffic, but I could figure out nothing more.
22 across: Small drink accompanies nut griddle cake (4, 5)
I had never heard of a drop scone, so I thought it was a figment of my crossword-solving imagination that drop scone was the answer before Monday’s Age was published.
12 across: A need for Rolls roof ending glare? (5)
As possible answers, I had traffic and chocolate as cross clues giving me f_o_r to work with. In that, I thought only flour was possible, which seemed exceedingly unlikely given the clue and provided further proof that I knew nothing in this crossword. Then I got The Age on Monday.
19 across: Flying, don’t neglect initial logging (2, 3, 4)
Does flying = on the wing? I really don’t know.
7 down: In hamper, loathe eating crackers over cake (9, 6)
I figured chocolate was involved, but I never got out chocolate ripple as the answer, and I don’t completely understand why.
13 down: Mother of Cockney pet shows where to find Ajax? (9)
I happily figured this one out: Mother of Cockney pet = dam + hamster – h = amsterdam = where to find Ajax.
Did you notice what I did in the explanation? I put the dam after the amster without good reason. Is there a good reason for doing so that I’ve missed, or was this just a mistake?