Posted by C G Rishikesh on April 22nd, 2008
1 JERRY BUILDER – jerry, ? – Gerald gives ‘jerry’ but I don’t know how Bob yields ‘builder’. The phrase itself is new to me but the second word can be easily got from the crossings B, I, D, R – all from sure answers.
12 EXIST – (-s)exist
13 HEAD MISS – I know that Mrs Thatcher had the tag “Iron Lady’ and a head miss is likely to be tough. But beyond that I don’t see how this clue works. Revised to HEAD GIRL. See comment below.
15 BONESHAKER – b(one s h)aker
24 RENEW – Rene, w – Ref. to French philospher and mathematician.
16 STEW – anag. of ‘swet’ after deleting ‘a’ (“one” ) from ‘sweat’
18 EROS – string in ‘FathER O’Shaunessy’s’
20 DIRTY LINEN – cryptic def.
22 SAFE SEAT – cryptic def. Of course the MP would need this only when he or she stands for re-election.
26 NUANCES – The wordplay defeats me.
27 GLUTTON – glut, ton
28 POST MERIDIAN – anag. of ‘promised time’ but one could solve it just from PM. Revised to POST MERIDIEM. Came back to fix this careless mistake in typing when the fifth comment below was just posted.
3 ROAD TEST – cryptic def. – “Heaps’ here are old, dilapidated cars.
4 BEEF – two defs.
5 INCREMENTS – anag. of ‘mn in secret’ after deleting ‘e’ from ‘men’
7 REALIST – anag. of ‘is later’
8 MIXED BLESSING – when ‘blessing’ is ‘mixed’, it gives ‘glibness’. What is this type of clue called? Reverse anagram?
9 GOOSEWING WIND – cryptic def. – the last entry for this landlubber but I am proud that I got it (assuming it to be right). At some moment I guessed the -ing termination and then I could guess the compound from the crossings. As it was new to me, I looked up Chambers (1998) which has ‘goosewing’ though not this answer as a whole. Revised to FOLLOWING WIND. See comment below.
14 CAPITAL SUM – capitals, (-col)um(-bia)
17 ALL-ROUND – Cryptic def. But I would think that even ‘all round’ is a shape!
19 OFF-RAMP – During my U.S. visits I too have escaped the same way!
21 NANETTE – I guessed the name even before I got all the crossings but the anno. did not occur to me until this very moment of writing. Anag. of ‘entertain’ after deleting ‘Ir.’ Seamless surface reading.
23 SECTS – homophone of ‘sex’, I think.
25 AGAR – Aga,r – This kitchen stove is not known in India. An inveterate page-turner of dictionaries that I am, I happened to notice ‘Aga saga’ the other day; its etymological note mentions this appliance. (It’s quite another matter that I forgot the word that I wanted to look up originally.)