Posted by smiffy on December 19th, 2007
A far later posting than anticipated. Just realised that I should probably have followed blogging best practice and posted a placeholder here earlier in the day, especially as I actually solved the thing this morning [note to self….]. Anyhoo, yer ’tis.
Smiffy-ness update: Seem that I accidentally managed to save this as a draft, rather than publish it, last night – so now the posting is even later! Apols.
6 A,ESOP – (pose)rev. Simple enough, but I enjoyed the definition “fabulous writer”.
11 NEHRU – Not sure how though. “Original chicken counter in popular Indian”. Chicken counter seems to indicate “hen” reversed…
15 DIET OF WORMS -A double def of truly groan-worthy punning.
17 ROUND NUMBER – Another double def (of sorts).
24 DUN,KIRK – The “Desperate withdrawal” of 1940. At least it’s easier to clue than Dunkerque.
28 THE PRINCE (“phrenetic”)* – Niccolo = Machiavelli. (Readers who enjoyed this book, also enjoyed Sun Tzu’s Art of War..)
1 D(R)OWN – Unless I’m mistake, “banks” is the content/container indicator.
2 SATCHMO (stomach)* – Satchel Mouth, alias Louis Armstrong, a.k.a. “Pops”.
4 PASS THE BUCK – one of those neat literal/figurative combos.
6 AS,SAM – As in “Play it again Sam…”, or whatever it was Bogart actually said.
8 POS(T(HAS)T)E – a silky smooth surface for this double container clue.
13 SLOW BUT SURE (L,W,turbo uses)* – ditto, albeit necessitating some indirect anagram fodder this time.
14 THRENODES (shortened)*
21 AR(I)EL – I in (Lear)*