Posted by michod on November 17th, 2006
Pretty straightforward, took four to five tube stops (10-12 mins).
9 ABODE. AB + ode – has anyone had to use the abbreviation for Able Seaman outside crossword-land? Sailor can also give ‘tar’ or ‘salt’.
10 SCAB. An odd clue – the whole defines a dried blood scab, and the second half (‘I go to work’) gives a partial definition of a blackleg-type scab.
11 DORCHESTER. anag of ‘chord’ and ‘trees’ – but ‘The lost’ seems redundant to the cryptic reading.
20 WRONG UNS. Snug+now rev around R. The last one to fall into place for me – I saw ‘snug’ going back, but couldn’t see ‘uns’ as a word at first. Nice clue.
24 DOWN. Party is often ‘do’, here followed by the disheartened w(ome)n.
1 FRACTION. Would not be accepted by some editors. The half in half-brother provides the definition, with brother in the religious sense giving fr. The question mark allows ‘half’ to define ‘fraction’, of which it is one example – i.e. a fraction could be a half.
5 CACHEPOT. Anag of ‘cheap’ in ‘cot’.
6 HORSE LAUGH. Anag of ‘her goulash’. Not an obvious phrase.
16 EAU DE NIL. (B)eau + ‘lined’ reversed – made easier by the reversed letters being given, rather than alluded to.
18 EASTWOOD. Where else could ‘Dirty Harry’ lead? Ea for each, the ‘two’ in ‘sod’, which is a nice way to split the word.
21 REHASH. Anag of ‘has her’, but which is the anagram indicator? Must be cook, with the definition as ‘resurrection pie’.