Posted by Gaufrid on September 5th, 2008
After yesterday’s slog, a more enjoyable offering from Sleuth for my scheduled blog this week. One or two words or usages I had not come across before (boss, Jewry) but otherwise fairly straightforward.
1 BOSSA NOVA BOSS (excellent) A AVON (a river, a flower) reversed
6 RECAP RE (about) CAP (international) – in many sports an international player receives a cap
9 TARTLET ART (skill) LE (the, French) in TT (dry, tea total)
10 HALIBUT [m]ALIBU (surfing place without money) in H T (hard time)
11 NOVEL V (verse) in NOEL (festive celebration)
12 ESPERANTO *(NEAT PROSE)
14 EEL LEE (General) reversed – take your pick between General Robert E Lee (American Civil War) or General Lee, the Dodge Charger in the Dukes of Hazzard. This probably depends on the era in which you were brought up.
15 CHARISMATIC *(SMART CHIC A I) – the ‘I’ being ‘a touch of individualism’
17 REDISCOVERY SIDE (team) reversed C (caught) in ROVER (car) Y (unknown)
19 SIR hidden word in ‘ethicS I Revered’
20 LONG EATON LONG (extensively) EATON (a homophone of ‘eaten’, enjoyed by diners) – you have either heard of this town about 9 miles SW of Nottingham or you haven’t. Despite extensive travelling around the UK in my younger days, I hadn’t so I had to resort to Google for confirmation.
22 LEMUR LE MUR (the wall, French)
24 EN SUITE SUIT (clothing) in [r]ENE (Frenchman not right)
26 JEWELRY E (English) L (Latin) in JEWRY – to save you looking it up (as I had to), ‘Jewry’ is ‘the Jewish world, community or religion’
27 THYME homophone of ‘time’ (season)
28 HEYERDAHL HEYER DAHL (two authors) – Georgette Heyer, known for her historic romance novels and detective fiction, and Roald Dahl, the writer of many children’s books. Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian explorer, archaeologist and anthropologist, probably best remembered for his 4300 mile trip from South America to the Taumotu Islands (Polynesia) in 1947 on a raft called Kon-Tiki which was made from balsa wood.
1 BATON NO TAB (without loop) reversed
2 SHRIVEL SHRIVER with ‘R’ changed to ‘L’ – Pam Shriver is probably not the first former tennis star to come to mind, even if you have been a fan of the sport
3 ALL BLACKS A LL (couple of lines) L (league) in BACKS (defenders) – The All Blacks are New Zealand’s Rugby Union national team. Now we’re talking, a ‘proper’ sport! It’s a pity this had to be spoilt by an association football reference :-) Backs in football generally defend but in RU they are primarily there to attack.
4 ON THE WAY OUT *(TONE H) WAY OUT (eccentric)
5 ASH [b]ASH
6 RULER cd
7 CABINET TEN (figure) I BAC[k] (largely support) reversed
8 PATROL CAR cd – hands up those who initially put in ‘police car’ and then found the NE corner impossible to complete
13 PRIDE AND JOY P (quiet) DEAN (college official) in RID (free) JOY (woman)
14 ENROLMENT *(LEN MENTOR) – initially I though that ‘registration’ would have been a better clue definition but Chambers does give ‘register’ as one of the definitions of ‘enrolment’
16 MAYFLOWER cd – MAY FLOWER (potential to reach peak)
18 DYNASTY DY (drearily empty) NASTY (unpleasant)
19 SOMALIA SO (very good) MALI (African country) A
21 ELITE E (back of fridge) LITE (not high in calories)
23 ROYAL LAY (amateur) OR (men) reversed
25 ETH [m]ETH[s] – meths is an abbreviation for methylated spirits