Posted by neildubya on May 16th, 2008
The crossword however was a joy, even though I came to grief in the top left corner.
1 SULP-HATE – I didn’t get this one, but Eileen did << …SULP rev plus [’and’] and HATE ‘be repelled’”>>
5 FLOWER – you usually get river = “one that flows” = flower rather than the other way round
9 Omitted on purpose – simple anagram
13 BEN-JO-NS-ON : OK, a Ben is a mountain and NS are Bridge partners, and Ben Jonson is undeniably a dramatist, but I wasn’t sure of the rest until Eileen pointed out JO(b)
14 TO(HE)LL-WITH IT : Perfect
18 C(LOSE-HARM)ONY : A Cony is an old word for rabbit (also slang for a lady’s front-bottom, incidentally) – “barbershop” is a singing style
21 SA(NAN)GE-LO(af) : Not the most famous Texas city, but clear from the wordplay
24 E.G-O(IS)M : OM = Order of Merit
26 TIDDLY WINKS : Again, perfection.
27 B-OT-SWAN-A : Shakespeare = “the swan of Avon”
1 SCREWY – like a screw as well as being quite, quite mad <<kudos is due to conradcork for saving me>>
3 HOROSCOPE – any reference to periscopes in war movies is due to a simple case delirium on the part of this blogger. “Signs” as in “zodiac”.
4 T-ROUBLEMAKER – groan !
6 LLA-NO : “ON ALL” in reverse – a South American plain
7 WHATS THE POINT : (WHITE HOT PANTS)* – yet again, perfection.
8 Omitted on purpose – it’s hidden in the words of the clue
11 O-NE(LUM-PORT)W-O : Wonderful
16 ICE SHEET : (EEE THIS C)*
20 STIG-MA : Reference to the children’s book “Stig of the Dump”