Posted by linxit on November 16th, 2006
Solving time – 11:17
Would have been about three minutes quicker but I got stuck on 1ac(!) and 2dn – from the checking letters I saw SANG FROID, which I knew didn’t make sense but couldn’t get it out of my head.
1 TOPIARIST – Well-disguised anagram (from me anyway) of “spirit to a”
6 LOB(=chuck), B(err)Y – nice for the setter when a real name lends itself so well to a cryptic clue
10 NEOLITHIC – anagram of “coil in the” – but aren’t nounal anagram indicators frowned upon?
14 PRO(P.A.)NE – another form I’m not keen on, where you’ve got A B about = A inside B
15 URI inside TOSM (jumble of “most”)
19 PUT UPON – but I don’t understand the wordplay here. Anybody?
22 SU(US reversed), SPENDER’S – the poet is Sir Stephen Spender
27 TA(N,S)Y – Great Britain is blessed with many 3-letter rivers useful to crossword setters, e.g. CAM, DEE, EXE, URE, USK…
2 PINK, FLOYD – last one I put in (see above). The food writer is Keith Floyd, who had to cook one-handed as the other hand always held a glass of wine.
4 IGNOBLE – anagram of “being lo(w)”
6 LO, IS – ref. Lois Lane, Superman’s girlfriend
7 BE(H)AN – Brendan Behan, Irish playwright.
13 JUSTIN, TIM, E(xperimental)
16 SEMI (rev) around PRESS – although impressed recruits didn’t have a choice in the matter.
19 PAPA, DOC(=cod reversed, cod=jest) – a new meaning of cod for me, I thought it was just a fish.
23 STEED – double def. – John Steed from TV show The Avengers
24 VA,RY – trAVel centre going north, i.e. reversed