Posted by golgonooza on August 1st, 2008
This was fairly straightforward and enjoyable; I started off racing through it until a few very clever clues and unfamiliar phrases slowed me down. A few of the clues made me smile – always a bonus!
1 SCORSESE SCOR(SES)E the odd letters in ‘specs’ inside a score which is 20. This was the last clue I got! The 20 misled me into referring to the clue for 20dn.
5 RANCID RAN CID – police chief did this in the past tense
9 FIRE ALARM ARAREFILM* – a nice cryptic def here – Warner
11 RATIO R(AT)IO
12 LOWER REGIONS a cow being a lower then IGNORES* this took me ages to get, not a common phrase for Hell
15 ALLY Ally McBeal – TV show
18 BOTTLENECK BOTTLE+NECK
19 JOHN painter and evangelist
21 CLAPPERBOARD CLAPPER+BOARD
24 IBIZA first letters of ‘in Balearic Islands: zany antics’. But is ‘introduced’ a good indicator for this?
25 LIST PRICE LI(STPRIC*)E
26 GIGUES Hidden baroque dances
1 SIFT S(IF)T
2 OKRA OK (up to scratch) + RA
3 SHADOW SHAD+OW
4 STATES GENERAL According to Chambers this is “the representative body of the three orders (nobility, clergy, burghers) of the French kingdom”; says de Gaulle for one = States General. And a diet can be an assembly or parliament. Very hard for me!
6 ARROGATE (H)ARROGATE The spa town without the aspiration or the ‘H’. A very nice clue – last Thursday’s Brendan used a similar trick with the word ‘aspiration’
7 COTTONED ON COTTON = material + NODE (swelling) rev
8 DROPS A LINE DR+OP+SALINE; ‘saline’ for solution made me smile
10 MARKET CROSSES ROCKSTARSSEEM* , a fairly general defiintion for this made it tricky for me
13 BARBECUING BEARCUB* + IN +G
14 FLAT RACING F(L)A+TRACING Learner in starts of fits + and with tracing for discovering. This had me stumped for a while – good clue IMHO
17 SLIP CASE SLIP+CASE ; this was clued simply but again my clearly small vocabulary let me down. Chambers has it as one word; I guess Collins must have it as two.
20 GRAPPA G(RAP)P+A blame is rap in GP
22 DIOR the couturier is reversed within ‘embroidered’