Posted by neildubya on August 14th, 2007
This didn’t take me very long, and was short on elation in the solving.
9 C EASE F IRE C for constant, ire is anger, ease is to moderate and f for fellow.
10 TANG O Number meaning a tune here, gnat is a fly set backwards against the last letter of Rio
11 OSCAR I didn’t like this clue much. You must have been in a cast to get one, but it is not awarded by a cast. Would it have been better as “Small statue one might get being cast”?
12 ROAST BEEF
13 AMPHOR A Camphor is sold as moth repellent. First taken off refers to the c, and then add ‘a’. Amphora are containers for liquids mainly used by the Greeks and Romans.
14 UNI FORM
19 LID is slang for a hat. Not the most exciting clue.
20 P LEAD, P for piano, the musical term for quietly, lead being what the opening player does in Bridge.
21 CHAR LIE
22 QUARREL is a scrap, or fight, and also the short arrow, or bolt, used in a crossbow.
24 XY LOP HONE X and Y are mathematical symbols for unknown quantities.
26 HO TEL – tel is let (rented) turned.
29 GREEN ROOM is the hospitality room for performers or guests while they are not needed on stage or on camera in a TV studio.
1 ECHO – some of thE CHOir.
2 MA D C AP
3 NE’ER DO WELL anagram of lender about owe L (for pound).
4 S I ERR A SA for South America, with I err inserted. A sierra is a rugged mountain range.
5 DE VAL U ED Val is the girl, and u sounds like you. The act is the ‘deed’ wrapped round.
7 ANTE LOPE Etna is the mount up, ie reversed. Lope is to run.
13 ATTIC, flight meaning stairs here.
15 IM PEACHING To peach is to betray. Impeachment is to be prosecuted.
16 ME D AL The Latin quingenti, or 500, is ‘D’. A gong is slang for a medal.
18 SCALLOP S is a tailless Pollack upside down in a ship. Interestingly enough the same ship could be full of Callop, which is the Golden Perch, right way up.
19 LIE DOG GO the dog or cur is trapped between a deception, lie, and a try, or go.
22 QUE B E C As the answer started with a ‘Q’ and with a reference to French Canada, the outcome didn’t seem in much doubt. BC is British Columbia. Que is French for ‘that’.
23 RATIO N a ration is a helping.
24 X RAY Not a lot of choice when it comes to answers starting with X.
25 PEAK –A homophone to pique, or stimulate, and to peek, for a quick look.