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I’ve several queries about this puzzle.19ac [GLOBALISM]23ac [LEGAL AID[ and 28ac [STARTLE} all have the definition as part of the wordplay. Is this usual? [At least 19 and 28 have a question mark.]
I couldn’t quite see why 11 ac was FIELD EVENT and spent far too long after writing in IMITATE for 2dn puzzling why a Christian was a mate, until the pebnny dropped: Fletcher Christian was Master’s Mate on the ‘Bounty’!
19ac, 23ac and 28ac are all “&lit” clues, where the definition and wordplay are cleverly the same.
In athletics, a FIELD EVENT (high jump, javelin, etc) is in contrast to a TRACK EVENT (running) – the latter have times (e.g. world record for 100 metres is 9.something seconds) whereas the former usually have a height or distance instead.
I think the idea is that LEGAL AID is a form of support for advocates; the definition reading of the clue should be parsed as “Support [that] advocate put in place” with “support” as a noun. Slightly dodgy wording, I think: legal is not exactly “put in place” _by_ an advocate..
Thank you Eileen (post 4) – I would have never have understood why Christian = mate. Nice puzzle and very hard – in terms of quality and difficulty it wouldn’t have been out of place as a Saturday prize puzzle.
OK, I’ll give it a go… hope Colin’s RL delays are nothing serious.
A double-edged theme here, featuring two types of LEADING LADIES, and a smattering of &lits including one of the thematic clues.
1ac HILL + A-RY (RY = railway = system of track)
5, 10ac LILLIAN GISH – anag of L (pound) + A SHILLING – a film star, initially of the silent era, and the first of the 9dn
11 FIELD EVENT – cryptic defintion: see discussion in previous comments
12ac,22dn LAUREN BACALL – another anagram (A BANAL CLUE + L (learner) & R), another leading lady. Useful pub quiz fodder: her real name was Betty Joan Perske, and she married Humphrey Bogart when she was 20 and he was 45.
13 DO-(R)-I’S DAY – another one.
14 BEGGARING . Def is “Making poor”, but the wordplay took me a while to work out. I think it’s start=BEGIN , “finally good” = G at the end, and so GAR must be a fish: which luckily it is.
17 SMELT – nice double def
19 GLOBALISM – anag of BIG + O + SMALL, and the first of three &lit clues in this puzzle.
23 LEGAL AID – LEG (support) + A (advocate primarily) + LAID (put in place), and another &lit – see previous discussion in comments
27 WORD – “what you are doing” is a CROSSWORD
28 STARTLE – anag of RATTLE+S &lit
29 CLINT-ON – I had to check Chambers to find that CLINT is “one of a series of limestone blocks or ridges divided by fissures or grikes”. So what’s a grike? Glad you asked – it’s “a fissure in limestone rock formed or widened by the dissolvent effect of rain”. And here we get a link to 1ac for another CLINTON.
2dn IMITATE – IT in I MATE. As mentioned in a previous comment, Fletcher Christian was a Master’s MATE on the Bounty, of Mutiny fame.
3dn LEHAR – hidden
6dn,24ac – INDIRA GANDHI: R in INDIA + anag of HEADING less E. Another “leading lady”, though a different sort this time; and also another &lit
9dn LEADING LADIES – the theme phrase for the puzzle. Note the “maybe” after “1 29″, indicating the Hillary Clinton is only a potential LL.
15dn GOLDA MEIR – GO + anag of A MILDER. Another political LL – PM of Israel 1969-1974.
18 MAE WEST – back to film stars, and also the name of a wartime lifejacket, named after its supposed resemblance to her curvaceous figure.
Sorry about the lack of a blog. Great puzzle, solved early but I ran out time to actually blog the thing. Thanks in particular to Andrew for taking the time to produce a blog. At least this demonstrates the effectiveness of the Neil’s placeholder idea.
I haven’t really come across/thought about the idea of “deliberate misdirection” before but take your point. I think a well crafted and ingenious clue should be hard enough; dare I suggest that deliberate misdirection is the last refuge of a lazy setter?!