Posted by smiffy on September 28th, 2007
The only real stumbling block today for me was 18A, which took me several minutes of plodding through the alphabet until I could find an answer that justified the clue. 10A doesn’t work, in my opinion, but I’ll gladly stand corrected.
1 P(ai)R,ECIN,CT – “over exact?” indicating the reversal of nice.
6 BOWSER – (rows be)*; I recall this word cropping up only a couple of months ago. It’s a petrol pump Down Under.
10 THO,ROUGH – Interesting anagrind comparison between this clue and 17D. Here we have “Somewhat” which seems flaky to me (doesn’t it mean partially?), whereas in 17D we have “Somehow”, which doesn’t bother me. Are the two equally (in)valid?
11 SETA (hidden)
18 VISA – As mentioned, I had to take a trial and error approach to this one, being confronted with _I_A. The preposition here certainly helps the ambiguity, as “get one in a state” rather than “…into a state” certainly had me foxed.
26 PORT,I,A – The only Portia I recall is from The Merchant of Venice. I suppose she was acting as a “lawyer” with that whole “Quality of mercy is not strained…” spiel.
27 C(Y)P,HER – First time I’ve encountered CP as an abbreviation (for “Communist Party”).
28 ENSILAGE (gleans ie)*
2 RE(E)VE – Unusual to see a foreign language element of the wordplay clued so directly (“French dream” = reve).
5 TOTAL ABSTINENCE – a succinct and effective cryptic treatment.
6 B,L,OTTO – Only when writing this, did I remember which Emperor was called Otto (Bismarck).
8 EIGHT,SOME – Not sure how to classify this type of clue. It’s along the lines of “take the wordplay elements and switch them”.
17 EXCERPTS (R in expects)*
25 NO,H – a useful three-letter word to bear in mind, as it can occasionally be seen as a sub-component in its own right
(e.g. “play”) in barred puzzles.