Posted by linxit on October 16th, 2007
Solving time – approx. 35 mins.
I managed to find some time at lunchtime to have a look at this, and was pleased to finish it without resorting to a dictionary (with three or four guesses that all turned out to be right).
No time to blog it until now though, as I didn’t get back from work till 8:30.
7 TASH(hats*),KENT – capital of Uzbekistan.
9 ENODAL – “lad one” rev. My first guess, a while before I knew what 10ac was. I was pretty confident from the wordplay though.
10 STUD(ents) – surely a class is singular (or does it break up into individuals when halved).
11 TRAM(PO)LINE – the ever-POpular Italian river makes an appearance.
12 B(EACH)Y – Beachy Head is a feature on the south coast.
15 SHAM,BA – another guess, but again the wordplay was easy. It’s an African farm or smallholding though – I couldn’t find any reference to it as a culture.
23 CHARL(A,DI)ES – how nice to see Charles and Di back together again
24 (sin)CERE – righteous = “without sin”. Nice clue.
26 TIME-BOMB – for once “the setter” doesn’t refer to the setter (or the dog)!
1 FASTNESS – this one took me a long time, as I wanted it to end with ….RATE
2 CHAD – another guess. The clue is “Maybe hanging country (4).” Obviously it’s a country, but I don’t understand the rest. Other definitions in Chambers are the graffiti character Mr Chad, a fish, or the bit of paper punched out of a card or tape in ancient computers. Any ideas? [ AlanR has reminded me of the controversial "hanging chads" in Florida from the 2000 US presidential election. ]
4 BEL PAESE (please be)* – an Italian cheese, whose name literally means “beautiful country”.
6 TANNER – a bob was a shilling, a tanner was a sixpence. I’m just about old enough for this to be a straight clue for me!
13 CHAMBER,TIN – a dry red Burgundy wine. I take issue with the definition of “plonk”, which is a corruption of “vin blanc”.
21 REHANG – yet another guess, but what is this? A cryptic definition, or is there more going on here?
22 SESAME (seems a)* – tahini is a paste made of crushed sesame seeds.