Posted by rightback on November 4th, 2007
Solving time: 25 mins, two missing (26ac and 8dn).
The ‘cloth hats’ referred to in the preamble were all reptiles (REP = ‘cloth’, TILES = ‘hats’), though unless KOMODO DRAGON at 19dn/29ac (my favourite clue in this puzzle) counts as two answers I can only find 11 (asterisked below).
Music (14dn): Crocodile Rock by Elton John.
* = anagram.
|*1||IGUANA; rev. of ‘AN AUG 1′ – August 1st is Lammas Day.|
|9||PETER HAIN; (HER)* in PETAIN – Henri Pétain of ‘ils ne passeront pas’ fame, although according to Wikipedia it was someone else who actually said this.|
|12||METHYLENE; ME + THY + “LEAN”|
|15||READER; (ARE RED)*|
|*17||GO(R + G)ON – who had snakes for hair.|
|19||KALENDS; KALE and ENDS merged – the first day of the month. According to Chambers, ‘telescope’ can mean ‘to slide into one another like the movable joints of a telescope’.|
|22||AMORPHISM; AMO (= ‘I love’ in Latin) + (SHRIMP)*|
|*24||GEC + KO|
|*26||S + KINK – I didn’t know this lizard, but should probably have got ‘kink’ from ‘peculiarity’.|
|27||GO + D(STRUT)H – the lesser-used Lawrence, behind T.E. Lawrence.|
|28||CHE V. RON – nice clue.|
|3||NURSELING; (GUNNERS)* around LI[ttle]|
|*4||MONITOR (double definition) – also a type of lizard.|
|5||DUSTY (double definition) – as in the phrase ‘a dusty answer’, meaning ‘a bad answer’.|
|*6||CH + AME(LEO)N|
|7||MUGGER, from ‘facer’|
|*8||CAIMAN/CAYMAN – I couldn’t get this without electronic help. I should probably have concentrated on the definition (which I knew was ‘a reptile’) rather than the wordplay, as I have heard of this animal but still can’t explain the clue (“Grand place for a bank account!”) – some reference to the Cayman Islands, perhaps?|
|*14||CROCODILE – as in, “See you later, alligator/In a while, crocodile”|
|*16||ALL + IG(AT)OR – ‘at heart’ meaning ‘put ‘AT’ in the middle’ is horrible.|
|18||NAIL GUN; N + (LINGUA)* – terrible clue. How on earth can ‘lingua franca’ be interpreted as ‘anagram of LINGUA’?|
|*19/29||KO + MO + DO + DRAG ON – I love, and strongly empathise with, this clue’s surface reading.|
|20||SI(OB + HA)N – a little easier if you have a sister called ‘Siobhan’ than if you don’t.|
|25||C + LUNG|