Posted by smiffy on July 17th, 2007
An unusual balance of clue types here, I thought. Not often that you see double definitions and homophones (x6 and x2 respectively, by my tally) account for over a quarter of the clues in a single puzzle. Of course, the real trick for the setter is to make these quite simple mechanisms read like completely different constructions; 24a and 19d being good examples of such.
1 LAW COURT (cryptic def’n) – a decent twist on the misdirection available from “trying”.
10 FILLIP – “Philip”
11 EMIGRANT (term gain)* – School here is a verb, not a noun.
14 PLAT DU JOUR – Presumably, the cryptic element here is just trying to point us in the direction of a French phrase?
18 CON,VERSANT – Convincing myself that versant equated to “slope of a region” meant this was my last solved.
22 STAT in E(astbourn)E – From the few occasions that I’ve had the misfortune to endure a hospital-based TV drama show, I’ve deduced that the request ”Stat!” is Med-speak for “…otherwise this patient’s about to die!”.
23 SIMULATE (suit,meal)* – The anagram mechanism here seems a little stretched for the purposes of the surface.
27 ORIENTAL (ant)* in Oriel
2 WIN,GIT – “Winging it” has always struck me as one of those slang terms that probably originated in the armed services (I haven’t checked though). “Fool” for git is a lot more mild-mannered than my standard interpretation/usage!
4 RE,LENT LESS – a tidy clue with a plausible surface.
13 STAND IN FOR (finds tar on)* – a tidy clue with a highly implausible surface.
15 CREW in STOP (pots) rev
17 SENTIENT – The anagram fodder here “most of tennis set” could work two ways – either dropping the first s, or the final t. Take your pick…
19 CURATE – Another double definition, resisting the temptation of a sit-up-and-beg (pun intended) play on dogs/food.
21 KERNEL – “Colonel”