Posted by Pete Maclean on January 17th, 2008
I had some trouble finishing this one. One reason was that I was unfamiliar with the expression “to wet the baby’s head”. It stems, I understand, from baptism but has come to mean imbibing much alchohol in celebration of a birth! Then there were just several clues that I found difficult: 14A, 1D, 15D and 17D.
9. ONE MAN WENT TO MOW – WOM[an] + OTT + NEW + NAME + NO all backwards. “Went to mow a meadow…”
10. SPROG – S (second) + PROG (TV show). I have one old friend who uses this word a lot (in spite of the fact that she is sprogless).
11. PARSIMONY – PAR (average) + SIMONY (Christian sin). I had to look up “simony”. It refers to the buying or selling of ecclesiastical pardons, offices, or emoluments.
12. PETRIFIED – double definition
14. ELIOT – TOILE[t] (john) backwards. This was tough — probably many people were trying to find an author John somebody to fit.
16. WET THE BABYS HEAD – is this a double definition? Not clear to me.
19. ROUGH – double definition
21. CHEMISTRY – cryptic definition
23. AFTERGLOW – anagram of [blazin]G ROW LEFT A
25. ROUTE – [dir]T in ROUE
26. CINEMATOGRAPHER – anagram of TEAM REPROACHING. This was easy.
1. HORSEPOWER – H (hot) + anagram of OR WORSE with EP (record) inserted
2. HEARST – [S]ucceed in HEART (vital area). I read a newspaper owned by the Hearst corporation, the San Francisco Chronicle.
3. LANGUISH – L[iberal] + ANGUISH (torture)
4. SWAP – PAWS (hands) backwards
5. INCREDIBLE – INEDIBLE (hard to swallow) with C (about) and R (right) inserted
6. STRIPE – anagram of PRIEST. This clue reminds me of a time when I dined in a restaurant called Piret’s and went through all the anagrams of it!
7. IMPOLITE – IM (Mudd’s) + POLE (post) with IT inserted
8. SWAY – double definition
13. IMBECILITY – I (one) + anagram of YET I CLIMB
15. TEDDY BEARS – EDDY (boy) + B[lub] in TEARS (crying), I guess but I do not see the insertion indicator.
17. TRUSTING – T (crown of tooth) + RUSTING (in decay)
18. SLIP ROAD – SLID (skidded) around PRO (crack) + A (a)
20. HAREMS – M[ale] in HARES (flies)
22. TAUGHT – homophone
23. ARCH – is this properly termed a hidden word? I am not sure how else to categorize it but I think it’s a fine clue.
24. WAGE – WAG (shake) + E (note)