Posted by tilsit on May 26th, 2008
Solving time: 24 minutes
A good stiff Bank Holiday mental workout. A very entertaining curate’s egg of a puzzle for me in that i really liked some clues, but one or two definitions seemed a bit “loose” to me. 10 across’ definition is an example. Correct, I suppose, but inadequate to me. Incidentally, I can’t find a cartoon dog named Tom ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_dogs ), was this a misprint for Cat?.
Other clues are quite clever, but would your average solver know there was a poet called (Walter) Savage Landor for 11 across to work properly?
Nina fans are acommodated here too!
ACROSS (*) = anagram (CD) = Cryptic definition (R) = Reversal
1 DANNY BOY DANNY BOY(LE) directed Irvine Welsh’s masterpiece, and the tune is probably known to some as the Londonderry Air.
6 PITMAN Sir Isaac Pitman invented shorthand. I am not keen on the “homophone” definition, however 18 across has probably converted me.
9 ODES The US Playwright is (Clifford) ODETS, whom I have never heard of. He apparently wrote The Sweet Smell of Success. Take the T (time) out.
10 PLUM TOMATO This parses as TOM inside MA inside PLUTO. i can’t find a cartoon dog named Tom, and so wondered if that should have been “cartoon cat“. Is “food” OK as a definition for this entry?
11 ARNOLD LANDOR* Nice clever clue, but did you know about Walter Savage Landor, an American poet?
12 ETHERNET THE RN [Royal Navy - (Armed) Service] inside TEE (R). Having spent most of last week having rows with BT’s Call Centre staff over my broadband connection, I now know what an Ethernet cable is, especially as I wish to insert it in a very painful place belonging to one of their advisors! Chambers gives Ethernet under ‘Ether’
13 SAKI HH Munro wrote under the pseudonym Saki and it is also Japanese wine, though I am used to seeing it spelt SAKE.
14 CHE GUEVARA HUGE RAVE* in CA – Nice clue, conjures up nice imagery.
16 i PAGLIACCI Camille PAGLIA inside IC CI, which just happens to be the centre of ArctIC CIrcle! Very clever. I Pagliacci (The Clowns) is an opera by Leoncavallo. I knew this from an episode of Batman where the Joker dressed as a clown and threatened to unmask the Dynamic Duo. Just checked this on Wikipedia and they claim it should not have the definite article (I) at the front! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagliacci
18 ARIS See Chambers for definition!!! However, definition is, like 6 across, a homophone of part of 1, i.e. Derriere!
20 SLOW DOWN S (Economists finally) + LOWDOWN
22 BORZOI BOR(NE) + 1 OZ (16 Drams) (R) The on-line version gives “sixteenth” rather than sixteen. 16 drams (in avoirdupois) is one ounce. In troy weight, it’s only 8.
23 ANNE BOLEYN A + N + NEB (A new nose) + ONLY* with E inside. Nice definition!
24 ACID A + C.I.D.
25 YARELY RAY (R) + ELY. the city of ely stands on the River Ouse in Cambridgeshire.
26 LAST TO GO A Last is a shoemaker’s model (Cue Cobblers joke!), plus TOGO, an African country.
2 ANDORRA ROAD RAN* i was rather devastated that Andorra’s bouncy little ditty didn’t make it to the final of Eurovision.
3 NO SMOKING Excellent clever cryptic definition. Monday’s Fascinating Fact: H Vernon Watson was a popular variety entertainer during the wars and he took his stage name from a No Smoking sign painted on a set of double doors, where the doors split, gave him his stage name Nosmo King!
4 BIPED P.E. inside BID
5 YOU NEVER CAN TELL A riposte to the Nina? Apart from being a Chuck Berry song, it’s a play written by George Bernard Shaw.
6 PATCHOULI TOUCH 1 TAP A word I remember from Al Stewart’s The Year of the Cat, one of the discs I’d take to my desert island.
7 TIMER REMIT (R)
8 ANT BEAR A N.T. (National Trust) + BEAR (carry) – a tough one if you have never heard of it, still aardvark never hurt anyone……
14 CHIROPODY Hmm…. do chiropodists remove flakes of corn?
15 VEAL ROAST A LOVE RAT’S* Good funny surface reading.
17 POLENTA LENT inside P.O.A.
19 IRONING I + RONIN + G i is the electric current symbol in physics – a subject I detested at school and nice to see something Frank “The Twank” Webster taught me has stuck. RONIN is a de Niro film from 1998, which i thought was a remake of a French film, but I can’t trace it.
21 WHERE WEAR (homophone) SPORT is used in the context of “sporting a garment”.
22 BONES B ONES – In the world of advertising demographics, the B1′s are part of the middle classes.
Thanks to Eimi for an interesting and thought-provoking puzzle!