Posted by smiffy on January 17th, 2008
Quite an esoteric theme for this one, although it is readily flagged and accessible thanks to the preamble, “The beasts are 8″ (i.e. 8D). I thought it strange that the creatures in question were referred to as “beasts” but have just noticed, on starting this entry that it’s a play on today’s puzzle number (xy,666). I shall be looking to litter my conversations tomorrow with the answer to 13A, as my newly-acquired “phrase of the week”.
1 SET PIECE – “sett peace”. I was only aware of the definition in a footballing context, not a firework one.
5 A,P,PIUS – as in he of the Appian Way. I think this clue is about as close as you can get to double-duty wordplay without actually overdoing the brinkmanship. (How many non-Pontiffs do you know named Pius?).
10 REGINA – (regain)*. “State prosecutor”, as in Regina vs …., is a neat touch.
13 BR(AND,N)AZI(-l) – And I thought that the last surviving Nazi was Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi.
14 VOYEUR – (you Rev)*, with “Turner” being the typically Cinephiliac anagrind.
21 COCKER – thematic
27 A,LIE,NATE (a net)* – Took we longer to crack than it ought ot have.
29 PS(ALTER)Y – “Instrument of change” is a prime example of a seamless lift/separate device.
1 SUS,SEX – thematic
2 TRE(BIZ,O)ND – Unknown to me but guessable from wordplay alone. Turns out that its modern day name is Trabzon (fellow footy nerds may recognise the Turkish team Trabzonspor).
3,25A – IRISH WATER – thematic
4 CLUMBER – thematic
5 PREADAMIC – (hidden)
8 SPANIELS – (painless)*. The theme en clair.
15 ELOQUENCE – “New Queen Cole” being the nursery rhyme monarch’s latest squeeze, one presumes.
20,21 KING CHARLES – thematic
22 GRE(ED)Y – “sombrely clothed” = in grey.
24 FIELD – thematic