Posted by neildubya on August 2nd, 2007
1 ROMULUS founder of Rome, and I otherwise have no idea what the clue means. (Hangs head in shame.)
5 CHAR QUI is a sort of South American dried meat jerky. Char is tea, and the second half is ‘quit’ without t(ea).
9 EASE L Being leisure (ease) and the first letter of leisure.
10 IMPLEMENT being (s)imple men before t(ime)
11 RECONNAISSANCE means scouting, and is the Renaissance with con, to study, in the middle.
13 HUMP – most of Humph (no connection with Mr Lyttleton), as a term of disbelief, as is pouffe, though I thought that sort was ‘poof’.
14 SCOOPFUL Clever – an anagram of ‘opus of’ and Latin 150 – CL
17 RARA AVIS RA stands for Royal Academy, and therefore artist, and avis is French for a warning. Rara Avis is Latin for a rare bird. Twitchers are bird watchers, and a rare bird would be a trophy spot for such an enthusiast.
21 “O TO BE IN ENGLAND (now that April’s here)” Robert Browning. Anagram of bone at dog, Lenin, indicated by ‘throw’.
23 TOO LITTLE TOO LATE is an anagram of ‘let it” between two tools, or implements (10 ac) with AT E, the ‘E’ being a point of the compass.
24 SUGAR – RAG US in reverse.
26 LA YET TE is much of 25 across, LATE, around YET, meaning still.
15 1 TAKES IN A REEF – anagram of ‘it’s a keen fear’. Reefing in the sail is what you do on a yacht when the wind gets up, and you want a smaller area of sail.
2 MESSER MAR CO POLO is the name of a book by Donn Byrne.
3 LOLLOP is lollipop minus 1 P (first page).
4 SK INN Y
6 A VERSION – one way.
7 QUEEN OF THE NIGHT is one of the more difficult parts in the coloratura repertoire. It is from The Magic Flute, by Mozart.
8 IN THE FLESH – anagram Flint, he, she.
12 THE R MOST AT. The most with rat around most.
16 VIGNETTE ‘Turns’ suggests an anagram of TEN and G(ood) in VITE.
19 UN WELL as in United Nations spring.
20 FL ASH Y is an insect eating a type of wood.