Posted by golgonooza on August 12th, 2008
A few parties in this one, as well as the great Stevie Wonder who wrote the above song. Some penny-dropping moments for me in this one, maybe my brain’s not switched on properly today, or more likely there is some very cunning clueing from Paul.
8 SUBTITLE SUBT(IT)LE – sex appeal can be ’it’.
9 AVENUE A VENUE
10 UKIP U/KIP the UK Independence Party
11 HOOTENANNY HOOT/E/NANNY
14,21 MULTIPLE CHOICE – MUL(TIP)L/ECHO/ICE – some really tricky wordplay here but I think this is it – think is ’mull’ about clue is ‘tip’ ; hint is ’echo’, ice is cold.
15 ONE-STAR O(NEST)AR nest is tree-house, a very clever clue
17 DONATES DO/NATES to gift something is to donate and a do is a party, so is ‘nates’ somehow behind?
20 SCENARIO NORACEIS*
22,12 STEVIE WONDER STE(VIEW)ONDER* anag of snorted+e (cocaine finally) around (claiming) to see or view. Again it took me a while to see the wordplay here.
23 FOREBODING FO/RE(BOD)IN/G
24 FETE FE(T)E
25 ACTION ACT(I)ON
26 TOASTING TO/A/STING made me laugh!
1 DUCK DOWN nice double/cryptic def.
2,22 STOP SIGNAL PAINTSLOGS*
3 ETCHER ET(C)HER – ether is a number because it numbs!
4 REFORMS RE/FORMS
5 WATERLOO – another sort of double def which is also an &lit
6 DESALINATE – ALEINSTEAD*
7 TUNNEL T(UN)NEL fast is lent upwards around un.
13 DISINHERIT INSIDE/R/HIT* again the wordplay took me ages for this one – ground is the anag indicator.
16 AIRBORNE A/ROBINR*/E
18 EXISTENT EXI(STEN)T
19 SOCIETY SO/C/IE/TY the first clue I got and my favourite one of the puzzle. Society is ‘Thatcher’s myth’ because she famously said there was no such thing as society.