Posted by linxit on February 15th, 2008
Solving time – 17:05
This started out fairly straightforward and I made good progress, thinking I was going to finish inside 10 minutes for a while. Then I got stuck in two places, with the pair at 8d/10a, and three crossing at the bottom 18d, 23a/d. Still, today’s Times took me twice as long, so I can’t grumble.
Update: Beermagnet has spotted a mini-theme – see if you can spot before looking at the comments!
9 HORSEPLAY – Equus is a play by Peter Shaffer, so that’s HORSE PLAY. If you remove the space you get the word for tomfoolery.
10 OUT,DO – nice cricket reference, and well-disguised definition, which is just “cap”.
16 F(OUR-L)ETTER WORDS – At first I thought this was to do with Lynne Truss, maybe her book Talk to the Hand, which is about rudeness. But no, it’s OUR L (Guardian’s line) inside FETTER (truss) + WORDS (discussion). Anyway, I got it from the fact that 4, 8, 22 & 23d were all four-letter words and worked the rest out later.
19 LUD(I,CR)O,US – more self-reference, this time US = setters.
21 GO(OD)O – what you’d say if you were glad. Not what I’d say, but someone would perhaps!
22 P(I)B,ROCH – basically just an anagram of (Pb, choir), but written so that you know the I is between P and B, the rest elsewhere. Not keen on “mediocre” as anagind though.
25 (b)OB,LIVIOUS(Louis VI)* – took me a while to see where OB came from (I don’t have any kids).
2 GRAND CRU – this is (narcotic drug)* without otic (not aural).
5 EYE,WIT,NESS – clever build-up of this answer: mark of King Edward (potato)=EYE, joker=WIT, crime-fighter=(Eliot)NESS.
6 TOMORROW – not sure about the easy listening music scene reference though. Maybe it refers to the song from the musical Annie? [ Thanks to Mick H, the wordplay is TO MOR (abbreviation for middle-of-the-road), ROW=scene. I would never have spotted that! ]
8 BOO,T(ree) – not sure why this took me so long. I’ve seen enough American films to know that BOOT=trunk.
14 MATRONHOOD – Hattie Jacques often played the Matron in the Carry On films.
17 L(ACROSS)E – “unlike this clue” is a nice touch.
18 RO(O)T,CROP – I held myself up here by thinking it would be ????ROOT, which also blew my chances of getting 23a.
23 MULE – “mewl”