Posted by Uncle Yap on July 11th, 2008
Common abbreviations used
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
rev = reversed or reversal
ins = insertion
cha = charade
ha = hidden answer
*(fodder) = anagram
What a stroke of luck that my assignment today landed Brendan whose puzzles usually have a theme or gimmick (revealed at the foot of this blog). I found the gimmick after a few clues, including the centre parts and after that, it was quite easy-going.
Bravo ! Brendan, you created quite a awesome grid.
1 OLD SCHOOL dd
9 LETTER dd
10 BLOODROOT Blood (dashing youth) Root (search out all the rebels)
I am no botanist but according to Wikipedia, bloodroot is a plant with white flower and scarlet roots.
11 ESSENE Essen (German city) E (east)
12 LOCOMOTOR Ins of T (temperature) in *(cool room)
13 STEELE homophone for steal (plagiarise)
17 POP dd
19 ALABAMA A + ins of AB (a bishop) in LAMA (priest)
20 EYELESS sounds like aye-less
21 PIP dd
23 TRAJAN &lit cha of T (leader of totally) RAJ (imperial rule in India) A N (a name) Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus, commonly known as Trajan (53 – 117), was a Roman Emperor who reigned from 98 until his death in 117.
27 INSISTING In (popular) ins of IS in Sting (rock musician)
28 TARTAN Cha of TAR (sailer) TAN (beat) with eastward as harmless extraneous word. A Mediterranean vessel with a lateen sail
29 DIVI-DIVIS Divi (share) Divis (shares) are the curved pods of a small tropical American tree
30 ALPACA Alp (mountain) ins of C (caught) in AA (areas)
31 KNIGHTING Ins of NIGHT*(thing) in KING (monarch)
2 LOLLOP Loll (take it easy) OP (work)
3 SPOT ON Rev of No tops (a biniki without the top bit is called a monokini)
4 HORROR Ho (house) ins of O in RRR (reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic)
5 OLOROSO Removal of D from doloroso (in a soft and sorrowful manner)
6 JET-SETTER Jet (semi-precious stone) setter (person mounting)
7 STEEPENED Ins of E PEN (European writer) in STEED (mount)
8 FREE VERSE Excellent cd alluding to Ezra Pound who was a proponent of free verse. ‘Pound’ at the start of the clue is disguised as money, leading to the ironic ending, oddly enough.
14 LAST STRAW *(stalwarts)
15 PARAGRAPH P (pressure) A RAG (newspaper) RAP (hit) H (hard)
16 SALAMANCA S (south point) A La Mancha (remember Don Quixote?) minus H for a city in Western Spain
17 PAP Ins of A in PP
22 INN SIGN I wonder whether you consider this *(sinning) an &lit:-)
24 VIKING V (versus or opposed) I KING (one man on chess board)
25 STRICT Ins of TRIC(k) in ST (saint or revered person)
26 INDIGN ha
The gimmick (if you haven’t spotted it yet)
The pivotal core of the grid are four three-lettered words, pop, pap, pep and pip. Each provided the only vowel in its sector. Thus, all the words in the north-east sector has the letter, O as vowels; north-east, E and so on.