Posted by smiffy on September 26th, 2008
1 WIN,NIP,E.G. – “nip”=arrest is new to me. I guess it’s a tamer version of “nab”
6 GORGON – (no grog)<
12 SCEPTICISM – (MEP’s critics)* – r
14 GUNSMITH – cryptic def’n
16 [-c]ARGO – first of today’s old chestnuts.
18 JUD[-e],O – ref Jude the Obscure
19 NAVI,GATE – “Russian” is a somewhat presumptive indicator for Ivan. I suspect that Mr Lendl (the tennis playing cyborg from the 1980s) would take issue.
21 FU(LL)N,ELSON – (Noel’s)*. A wrestling “hold”, although I doubt you’d see it much in evidence at a WWE event. Its heyday probably coincided with the World of Sport televisual era.
22 SURF – homophone of “serf”
24 S(LOV)AKI,A – Saki is the “writer” in question
26 AGEN,DA – The town of Agen seems to ring quite familiar with me, but god knows why.
27 OYSTER – hidden
3 NOBODY’S FOOL – (Old boy, son of)*
4 PORT SA(I)D
5 G(OLD)EN H,AND,SHAKE – A phrase that sooooo 20th century. In these days of executive ignominy its all about Golden Parachutes.
6 GI,OTTO – I know him more for his ability to have a space probe named after him than for his original day job.
13 CHARGE S(HE)ET – HE= His Excellency
15 UN,US,U,ALLY – I’m a little uncomfortable with “NY organisation”=UN, but I suppose it could be argued that the “Based in…” prefix is implied.
17 SVENGALI – (evangelist)* – outer letters. According to the media, Svengalis seem to come only in the form of pop music producers these days.
20 B[-l]EAKER – which also happens to be the name of one of the true unsung heroes of The Muppet Show
23 RODE,O – the second half of today’s harvest of old chestnuts.