Posted by smiffy on June 26th, 2008
In the interests of timely publication, I’ve kept annotations to a minimum today. Nothing too untoward here, although the repeated use of “shock”=hair seems a touch gratuitous, and a couple of the single letter/abbreviation indicators are in questionable territory.
5 SCHOONER – double def’n, although I tend to think of a schooner glass rather than bottle.
9 OPERETTA – (a tree top)*
14 HAIR OF THE DOG – “setter” and “shock” are both stalwart cryptic indicators, and probably instantly familiar to seasoned solvers.
18 C,LOSING TIMES – “Copyright”=c is my bone of contention here. Isn’t that the slippery slope towards “Dollar”=$=s or “At”=@=a…?
22 WASHED UP – literally and figuratively.
27 TUMB(L)ERS – (best rum)*. Again “port”=left=L strikes me as tenuous. Although, maybe no more so than the more readily accepted “student”=L in 12Ac?
28 EGG TIMER – (get grime)* and an &lit, thanks to the phrasing as a question.
3 TAR, NISHES – (shines)*
5 SHAM,POO – cryptic def’n, albeit telegraphed by “shock”.
8 ELEVATOR – (leaver to)*. A seamless join between anagrind and anagram fodder.
15 TIME BOMBS
19 I(C)E – a nice idea, but probably not quite an &lit this time.