The Gold (from the 9/10th of October)

6 down: January, 2000? (9)

The pick of the bunch: 2000 = mm = mid summer = midsummer = January.

20 down: Felt champ gave up nothing to beat (7)

Brilliant direct clue: gave up nothing to beat = gave up nil drum = lindrum = felt champ.

23 down: Get crab from half-hearted quickie? (5)

A combination of loves: cricket and sexual double-entendres: half-hearted quickie = Siddle – d = sidle = crab.

12 across: Sick of US in alliance (6)

An anagram of such innocuous letters, it took me too long to notice what was going on: sick of US in = fusion = alliance.

10 across: Spell bounder in his cups? (11)

Dirty DA once more: bounder in his cups = cad in a bra a bra = abracadabra = spell.

25 across: Took in Matisse and Dali abstracts (11)

Who’d have thunk there’d be two artists in a single anagram: Matisse and Dali abstracts = Matisse Dali abstracts = assimilated = took in.

11 across: Dance devotee changed lead in dance (8)

I just loved the two references to dance: devotee changed lead in dance = fan changed lead in tango = fandango = dance.

8 down: Extreme gear for Nepal bluff?! (7)

A happy &lit clue: extreme gear for Nepal bluff = gr apnel = grapnel = extreme gear for Nepal bluff.

8 thoughts on “The Gold (from the 9/10th of October)

  1. Greetings from the P (the Top End)

    After a week in Kakadu I (RC) arrived in Katherine to find EC had all but smashed this one single handedly. With only 9, 12, 22 and 27ac and 13, 23 and 27 down to go, I was fairly determined to have some impact……but as we say in Katherine East-side Kriol – ai bin basbreins bla NAJING! I liked the felt champ as Lindrum, but couldn’t remember his name….oh, the pain.

    I thought both Karrie Webb and Siddle were fairly obscure sports stars to use, and knowing where Webb is from is a very big ask.

    We loved January 2000, and I also loved the clue for 23 down – another perfectly clean clue that only seems dirty to the dirty-minded, shades of the classic “blow up handle”

    Anyway, with the asynchronisity of DA probably continuing, the next round will start tomorrow. RC will be back in Melbs for the next battle, while we will have to wait until late Nov for EC to come down and join us.

    I have a great prize for BOG for our next hit out, AS&TH. Or maybe we can open it up to best contribution to the blog for week after this.

  2. I’ve been enjoying your updates from P, but I prefer you back in M (bottom end).

    I’ll catch up with you very soon indeed.

  3. This clue is just barely ok as a ‘grapnel’ is not a piece of mountaineering equipment. Certainly not one used these days and probably never, more likely used by beseiging armies and the like.

  4. Amazing what you find on the web.
    Here is a link to the “US Marine Corps – Mountain Warfare Training Centre Assault Climbers Handbook”

    Under “Use of the grapnel”, it says:
    “To use the grapnel, the climber unwinds his grapnel line, secures it to himself, then throws it above himself to over a ledge, cliff edge or other near horizontal feature. Care must be taken to throw it to one side or the other, so that if it doesn’t hold it won’t fall on the climber or his belayer…”

    Hope I don’t get in trouble with ASIO for downloading this. If you don’t hear from me again please get in touch with my family.

  5. I only got the answer through the wordplay and the vague recollection of having heard the word “grapnel”. I googled it only just now.

    This manual probably tends to support martin’s comment that it’s a piece of equipment more likely to be used in a military context than in mountaineering per se. I have no idea.

  6. Maybe it’s a reference to the communist guerillas that used to operate through the Himalayan bluffs before ending up in government?

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