Posted by michod on November 6th, 2007
Brummie seems to be becoming more regular, which is generally to be welcomed, though I don’t think this is one of his best, and several long clues seem to me to fall into the NCD (not cryptic definition) trap. Thanks to Dave for 8 and 20 down, which beat me.
1. DESCEND INTO FARCE. E.g. this one – the image is of Peter crashing to the stage, which would be farcical, but that’s just applying the metaphor literally.
9. LE(A)NDER. Nice misleading surface.
11. I, NG(E)NUITY (UNTYING*). It took me a while to see the anagram here.
16. RHINE’S TONE. As in paste, not real diamond. Nice clue, put in to cross with Django going down, which at least cleared up his spelling for me (see 1dn).
21. SAHIB (BI HAS<). Hmm… hermaphrodite = having two sets of sexual organs; bisexual = having sex with people possessing either set. Not the same, surely.
22. AEROMETER (ARE REMOTE*).
24. TURN OFF (FORT FUN*). ‘About’ before the word seems an even weaker anagrind than after, somehow.
1. DJANGO RHEINHART. No, RHINEHARDT. No, that’s too many letters, hang on, let’s check the anagram – HAG-RIDDEN TROJAN… RINEHARDT, OK. Until I got 16 ac, and realised it was REINHARDT. Nice anagram on it’s own, but the clue’s surface is a bit meaningless.
2. SU(DA)N. Not sure what the shortened haircut is – DA_. (see comments – M).
3. EARLIER. I like this a lot – i.e. more ‘earl-y’.
5. NAIL FILE. Another nice idea with a slightly opaque surface. Digital = to do with fingers or toes, of course.
6. ON PERMANENT LOAN. A pretty straight definition, I’d say.
7, 19ac. FLYING LEAP. Don’t really get this one – is it really just brief = flying, leap = bound, and what a squirrel does? Only the comma attempts to mislead.
8. ??? I put in ‘orbery’ (OR + B + (t)RY, er, not sure about the E), but I don’t think that’s a word. Any offers? (Totally wrong. See comments – M).
16, 26ac. RISE TO THE OCCASION. Another NCD, if you ask me.
20. ???? P_R_E_. Is this some measure of light years? (Indeed it is – see comments – M).
23. MA + H(D)I.