Posted by Pete Maclean on July 3rd, 2008
The top right corner of this puzzle was hard going for me. I particularly found 11A, 13A and 5D challenging and I do not understand how 8D works. Then I was totally stumped by 20A.
I greatly like 24A and 14D.
1. FLINCH – L (lake) in FINCH (bird)
4. SCRIPTED – anagram of PREDICTS
10. GUESSED – homophone (“guest”)
11. THISTLE – WHISTLE (holder of pea) with W change to T
12. RATE – double definition
13. QUAD-BIKING – anagram of BID in QUAKING (obviously nervous)
15. NECTAR – NEC (Centre of Birmingham) + TAR (sticky thing)
16. ULULATE – LULU (singer) backwards + ATE (consumed)
20. ?L?E?E? – ???. I assume this clue has to be a cryptic definition but it is beyond me. Could the answer be SLEEPER? A sleeper is certainly out in a sense but where does “one’s ear” come in?
21. TSETSE – T[ourist] + SETS (lays) + E[ggs]
24. DUNG BEETLE – anagram of NUDGE and BETEL
26. CLUB – double definition
28. TERRACE – anagram of CATERER
29. MOONSET – MO (doctor) + ONSET (beginning)
20. RHAPSODY – HAPS (chances) in ROD (bar) + Y (Yankee)
31. BARREN – homophone (“baron”)
1. FIGURINE – FIG (fruit) + URINE (wee)
2. IDENTICAL – I (single) + DENT (impression) + I (I) + CAL (state)
3. CASE – double definition
5. CITADELS – SLED (winter vehicle) + TIC (jerk) backwards
6. INITIALISE – anagram of III (three ones) and ENTAILS
7. TUTTI – TUTTI[ng]
8. DREDGE – ???. I cannot figure out the wordplay here.
9. ODIUM – [p]ODIUM
14. BAKED BEANS – anagram of BABES NAKED
17. TOTALISER – TO (to) + TALIS[man] (charm with no man) + ER (the Queen)
18. REVEREND – RE (subject) + RE (again) in VEND (sell)
19. VERBOTEN – VERB (type of word) + O (old) + TEN (number)
22. EDITOR – TO (to) in RIDE (trip) backwards
23. PLUMP – double definition
25. NORMA – “nor ma”. I have come across people who consider clues of this form, with a missing word, to be illegitimate. Certainly they are uncommon but I have no objection them. This is the second I have come across recently and I think it is an okay clue.
27. COLA – COL (pass) + A (a)