Posted by loonapick on February 6th, 2007
If I was asked what type of clues I’d like to see outlawed, it would definitely be homophones. There is an outrageous (in my opinion at least) example of this at 8dn, unless I have the wrong answer, in which case, please ignore this comment. (It would appear that I am in the minority where this is concerned – up here in bonnie Scotland, we pronounce the letter R almost every time that it appears in a word, therefore BAWD and BORED never the sound the same, as BAWD is pronounced with a short O sound and BORED with a long O and the letter R).
This was a much tougher puzzle than the last Shed effort that I blogged, and it was excellent, apart from that homophone and 19dn. Read on…
9 OVERTHROW – double def. seen a lot recently, and yet I still took a while to get it?
10 OMEGA – I may be being picky here, but Omega 3 (as opposed to simply Omega) oil has been much hyped recently…?
11 STEER – double def. Neat meaning ox, cow, bull etc comes up regularly in Crosswordland
12 LONG-FACED – (goden calf)* – nice anagram
13 SAUSAGE – A in SUSAGE (<= (P)egasus)
22 PALAVER – PA + LAVER – I didn’t know that a LAVER was a basin used by ancient priests to perform ablutions, but I do now.
24 LAWNMOWER – L(AWN-M)OWER – surface doesn’t make any sense – what kind of gardening equipment could take a man in?
28 STOOL – although I liked this clue, I wonder whether some of the words or wordplay in the Guardian these days would be allowed by some editors.
29 LAST WORDS – LAS(TWO-RD)S
1 MOSS – refers to Kate Moss
2 TELEDU – hidden in rUDE LETters returned – a teledu is an Asian animal famous for its malodorous stench.
3 START AGAIN – S(TART-AGA)IN
5 SWAN SONG – I was just about to write that I don’t know how the clue works when it came to me – SWANSON-G! SWANSON is Gloria Swanson and G is Gaynor’s first – very good!
7 PENCHANT – PEN = female swan and CHANT = song.
8 BAWD – right, I hope that that is the wrong answer, because I just don’t see how BAWD and BORED can sound the same to anyone, especially to me as a Scot, who pronounces his Rs.
And even if there are a minority for whom these two words are homophones, it is still weak. (edited – see comments below, and sorry if I offended anyone south of the Border)
15 TUMBLEDOWN – T((<=mu)BLED)OWN – something else I learned from this puzzle – Bled is a town and lake in Slovenia.
16 DETER – DETER(gent)
18 SCREWTOP – S(CREW)TOP – clever clue.
19 FAREWELL – FA(<=ewer)LL – doesn’t work because “to bowl” implies a verb and “ewer” is a noun
27 TOSS – as in “he couldn’t give a toss”.