Posted by smiffy on June 5th, 2008
Given that I’m posting relatively late in the day, I’ll keep the editorial comments to a minimum – in the interests of expediency. There’s not really anything unduly tricky in here anyway, although I suspect 19D could be a literary allusion?
1 WRITER’S CRAMP – I think this is an attempt to pun on “hand”=handwriting but, unfortunately, this seems to read far more obviously as a simple straight definition.
12 TEARS – cryptic definition only.
13 LION,ISED – (side)*
15 OR,NA,MENTAL – (an)<
20 WATER NYMPH – (Why men trap)*
26 NODS OFF – (Fond of, s[oprano])*, I’m not desperately enamoured with “anyway” as the anagrind.
27 ATISHOO – “a tissue”. This one must be approaching full ripeness as an old chestnut.
4 RHE,A – (her)*
5 CAPT,IVATE,D – (Evita)*
7 PEL(IS)SE – is in (sleep*
8 NEXT TO NOTHING – (tonight X ten on)*. The only genuinely amusing roadside church sign that I’ve ever seen went something along the lines of: “If all you think about is Number One then remember – Number 1 is next to nothing”. Still wasn’t enough for me to have a Damascene conversion though.
9 DYED IN THE WOOL – “died”
17 GNASH,ING – (hangs)*,(gin)*
19 BULLDOG – ???