Posted by ilancaron on March 6th, 2008
Always a pleasure to encounter Pasquale in The Guardian. One of the reasons is that you know that his wordplay will always be (eventually!) justifiable and sensible — with just the right touch of humor. A couple of unknown words for me which had me looking things up (e.g. ALIENOR and CYRENE).
Goodness, that sounded sycophantic. Sorry.
|1||GUST,A,V[ery] – ref. several Kings of Sweden I would think.|
|4||C(LOSE)T – I assume that CLOSET can be a verb (I thought of being in the closet when I read this…).|
|9||ALEUTIAN ISLANDS – the def (“volcanic archipelago near Alaska”) rather gives this away so I haven’t worked the anag out (probably (USA installed)*).|
|11||TRAP DOOR – saw the def long before the wordplay which is: rev(rood=cross, part).|
|12||LOTHAR,I,O – but I don’t see how to produce LOTHAR (“I love to follow hussy cycling round? Quite possibly”. Comment below notes that LOTHAR is harlot (hussy) which has partially cycled around.|
|15||APPLE,T – I suppose it was only a matter of time before APPLETs etc. became mainstream. What’s next? Servlets?|
|18||MAJOR,IT,Y – nice &lit, ref. John MAJOR former PM who presumably lost his MAJORITY.|
|21||CAT,[an]ALYST – rather nice clue… since a CATALYST itself could be a cryptic def for an animal psychiatrist.|
|22||GUFF,A,W – literal homophone I guess (“Dubya” is W — in honor of our fearless leader Neil or George??)|
|24||DEVONSHIRE CREAM – surface a bit strained: (modern achievers)*.|
|26||CYRENE – ([s]cenery)* – S for “sun” and ref. CYRENE (in Libya).|
|1||GAL=rev(lag),I,LEO – I suppose this is an &lit since I think GALILEO was in fact imprisoned for heresy (?) by Pope LEO (??) (which would make this really nice).|
|3||ALIENOR – Someone in the business of transferring liens I suppose: (I learn, O)*.|
|5||LA SCALA – Rather nice clue ref. Maria Callas who must have sung frequently at LA SCALA…. so take Callas, and move the the LAS to the front and add an A[stound].|
|8||ANATTO – It’s a tropical tree but I give up on the wordplay. A nano is probably a billionth or so… “A million-million-millionth of a tropical tree?”|
|13||HALF A LOAF – my explanation is I suppose better than nothing but the rest? something to do with ALOE? “What’s reduced pain for the French? Nothing be worse!” Groan…you’d think I’d remember that “pain” is French bread.|
|17||TRY(P)SIN – I guess it’s always a temptation to TRY SIN. At least in Christianity. The reward (TRYPSIN) is an enzyme that helps your digestion.|
|19||MAT,RIX – ran into Brian RIX the comedian elsewhere recently, MAT is a kind of artistic finish and MATRIX is a kind of bed (in construction I think).|
|19||JAGGERY – whimsical adjective derived from Mick JAGGER but I think Pasquale missed a great opportunity to refer to the song “Brown Sugar” in the surface since that’s the actual def of JAGGERY.|
|20||TEA-CAKE – it’s food in the afternoon and for Spooner it’d be S(EAT)AKE, i.e. EAT (what’s important) inside of SAKE (important). Or is it KEY TAKE?