Posted by smiffy on October 19th, 2007
Although Bradman is a prolific stalwart of several national dailies, his FT appearances seem to approximate at only monthly in frequency. So the fact that publication also coincides with our sporadic FT blogging calendar makes this posting something of a rarity! An enjoyable mix of clues; as much for their originality and subtlety of wordplay as their trademark technical precision. I had to confirm a couple of sub-elements (10A, 19A) post completion.
1 GOALMOUTHS (Tom laugh so)*
6 I,M(-ad)AM – always glad to avoid the revisting the cute but threadbare “I’m a Muslim leader” construction.
10 GNAT – TANG (rev). Wasn’t familiar with the seaweed, but no real hindrance.
15 WORLD FAIR – “whirled fare”. I thought “in auditorium” an original homophone indicator.
19 H(A,G,RIDD)EN – Unbeknownst to me, the Lorna Doonecharacter is John Ridd.
25 RING BINDER – cryptic def; and a good’un to boot.
26 NINE – not altogehter certain on this. 3×3 gives you the “square” element though.
3 M’AITRE D’HOTEL – (The old timer a)*. Obviously an anagram, but the apostrophes stopped it from springing to my mind instantaneously.
4 UVULA – cryptic def. A part of the anatomy cherished by the scriptwriters of Carry On…. films.
5 HEAR,TH(R)UG – The surface reading probably justifies the exclamation mark.
7 MAN(SUE)TUDE – Sue in (untamed)*
11 BR(ILL(I)ANT)INE – evoked the word “antimacassar” in my mind for the first time in ages.
13 D,WELLING(-t)ON – a well-identified and well-executed idea.
14 PROMETHEAN (Top man here)*
23 TROT(-h) – succint but effective.