Posted by Ciaran McNulty on July 30th, 2008
* = anagram
() = removed
 = charade
“” = homophone
cd = cryptic definition
dd = double definition
Medium difficulty but very entertaining with some inventive cluing (9A is a favourite), and a couple of words that were new to me (20D, 8D).
1 MOLOCH (G)LOOM* + CH. A nice &lit clue as Moloch was an ancient god who demanded child sacrifice.
4 SMOCKS S + MOCKS. Took me a while because I was assuming saint was st.
9 ELECTRIC CURRENT The italic I in the clue is the symbol for electric current, the rest is a cd.
10 BRENDA END inside BRA
11 RANSOMED (A SERMON D)*. I should confess I thought ransomed meant ‘held to ransom’ but it seems to be ‘paid a ransom’
12 CASHLESS A cd.
14 DOCTOR ROT and COD backwards
15 ANIMUS N in AIM + US
18 PERVERSE PER + VERSE. The meaning of ‘difficult’ isn’t the first that springs to mind.
21 THALLIUM TH(e) + ALLIUM
22 STRUCK ST + RUCK. The tense seems wrong here, ‘got hit’ would be better I think?
24 SPEYER CATHEDRAL THESACREDPLAYER*. Never heard of it, but spotted CATHEDRAL early so it was easy to check with a few letters in.
25 RENOWN theat[RE NOW N]eeds
26 SPONGE dd
1 MALARIA presumably MARIA around LA but I’m unsure how that is ‘little boy’
2 LUCAN dd. Both the missing lord, and meaning ‘of Luke’
3 CORSAGE CORE around SAG
5 MOURNED DOURMEN*
6 CARTOUCHE ART + OUCH in CE. More of a relief than a sculpture.
7 SAN REMO ROMESAN*
8 ACORUS Last clue I got. CORUS is a company who make metal, and a flag is a type of plant, of which this is an example.
13 HIMALAYAN HIM + A LAY(M)AN
16 NO-HOPER NOH OPER(A). Japanese musical drama
17 SKID ROW WORKIS* around D
18 PAMPAS PAM + PAS(S). A South American plain
20 SACCADE “SACK AID”. A smasmodic movement
23 RADON Guessed from checking letters. ON is ‘functioning’ so presumably RAD is ‘part of CH system’?