Posted by nmsindy on September 19th, 2007
Having a little extra time today, and seeing it was Monk, tackled this. Very hard and very inventive as I’ve learned to expect. And there is a theme, referred to after the clue explanations.
Solving time: 51 mins
1 MI’S CHIEF
9 RED DWARF Doc, one of the seven.
10 TEN ACE
12 U (P (THE D)) UFF Expecting is the definition
13 T (OTT) Y
14 AS IF First letters
24 A LOO F loo = bog
28 TO (E-NA) ILS Leg ends Good to have the ” ”
29 RETUR(n) F
30 T (APE) WO RM
1 MARQUE (e)
2 SEDATE Seated with the last letter D raised.
3 HA(W)KE Oz = Australia 25 = TOP BANANA
7 ABATTOIR Super cryptic definition Lower = one who lows = cow
8 EVERY ONE Ever(l)y Brothers from 1950s single = one
11 E-FIT Cockney rhyming slang for face, I think. (boat race)
23 P ASS I M Brown = Gordon Brown (PM) !
Theme: The 8 lines with across clues have 2 words in each. The first ends in F, the second begins in T giving 8 FTs.