Posted by smiffy on August 1st, 2008
At the risk of unintentionally damning with faint praise, I’d describe this as a pretty run-of-the-mill challenge today. A couple of clues stood out for me (e.g. 14A) and 25A was the only unfamiliar answer that required post-solving confirmation.
1 TERRIERS – ref the TA
9 I,MP,ETIGO – (I got)*
10 TAILOR – I’d have imagined that most people would instinctively spell one who tails (follows) as tailer. However, this doesn’t seem like a major transgression to me.
12 NUT,M,E.G. – an example of that lesser-spotted device, the homophonic definition: “colonel, we hear” = kernel.
14 CLOTHES PEG – (Log these PC)*. Coherently misleading surface, and a beautifully warped definition.
22 BUCKLE – double def’n
23 E(CLIP)TIC – (cite)rev
25, CICERO,NE – a touch recondite for me, but the wordplay was sufficiently accessible and fair to make it solvable.
1 TRICK,Y – on the contrary!
3 IN,TROS – (sort)*
6 UNAMUSED – as in VR’s infamous put-down “We are not amused”.
8 MOR(T,GAG)E – could probably quibble over the syntax here, but I’m feeling laissez-faire today.
15 SCABIOUS – scabies, with OU for e[xperience]>
19 BICEPS – “Buy”