Posted by beermagnet on October 16th, 2008
With an interesting grid that I don’t remember seeing much before which helps the solver by providing a goodly number of first letters.
This solve went very well kicking off with 1 Across and two of the three other 15 letter lights.
There are a few where I can’t understand the wordplay or some reference so help gratefully received, espec. 10A, 25A, 4D and 22D (and others)
|1||PULL THE OTHER ONE (THE NORTH POLE E U L)* Unsure about validity of abbreviating Lecturer to L on its own|
|9||IDLE DD Ref. Eric of that ilk|
|10||PIANISSIMO Don’t understand. P[resident] ? Is OMISSINAI or OMISNAI or similar a “place of High Command” – Good job I learnt the piano as a nipper.
P (OM IS SINAI) reversed
|11||GRUB STREET Excellent clue (BURST)* inside GREET Ref. the nickname for Fleet Street (spitting distance from where I’m sitting 😉 )|
|12||TOLD DD-ish thing: Told as in “all told” for counting, and as in relating a story though for that the clue would need related rather than relating so I think the “out?” is modifying the tense.(?)|
|13||TOM DICK AND HARRY Standard shorthand names for a set of ordinary blokes. “Tom Dick” is cockney slang for sick and worry=harry|
|16||LOW-SPIRITEDNESS I needed virtually all the crossing letters for this one though I could see it was LOW-something from the start. I was clearly trying to over-think the clue which looks more like a straight def. than a CD to me, I presume it’s a play on words referring to depression in the meteorological sense. (There’s likely more to it.)
There certainly is:
It is an anagram of WILTS and DEPRESSION
This goes to show how a nice &Lit anagram can be really hard if you don’t spot the anagram
|23||ZOLA [GORGON]ZOLA I presume he’s a football manager – someone will be along in a minute to tell me of which team.
West Ham United
|24||FLASH FLOOD FLASH Light and Flood Lights thus twice as light, and the result of a heavy (cats and dogs) downpour|
|25||DOLLAR SIGN I don’t get this def. “It’s over 4″ (GALLONS DIR[ectors])*
Doh! The $ character is above the 4 on a standard typewriter keyboard
|27||FOOT-POUND-SECOND This has come up before (I won’t say recently ’cause I’ll probably find I’m recalling something from over a year ago). Good old imperial unit from Foot=pay, some money=pound, back=second as in supporting.|
|2||UNDERGO (URGED ON)* Nice new anagrind, Hatters, I didn’t doubt that it indicates an anagram but I note the “?” in case the purists moan about a noun used in this way.|
|3||LIE-ABED This gave me momentry trouble with 9A as I put in LAY-ABED first off ABE in LIED More slang, pit is bed|
|4||HEPATIC Def.is livery but wordplay escapes me -probably (H[orse] EAT PIC)* with EAT from hungry but where’s the anagrind?
Hungry horse in photo at livery(7)
H[orse]E,P(AT)IC Not an anagram. The Horse is hungry because it’s empty!
|5||ORAL EXAMINATION Alex Comfort of 1970s “Joy of Sex” fame makes an appearance. ALEX AM IN inside ORATION (actually I’m not sure how the IN gets in there)
Aha – it was Idi AMIN who dictated
I got stuck on using the “in” in the clue in the answer and thought Dr Comfort was saying “I am Alex” or something.
|6||HOISTED (SITE)* inside HOD|
|7||ROSETTA (TOASTER)* Worth going to the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone alone.|
|8||NIMBLER (BERLIN M)*|
|14||MEW MEW[s] My kids have been found watching a cartoon called Mew-Mew Power – very strange stuff.|
|17||OLOROSO [d]OLOROSO That sherry that is a crossword favourite.|
|18||SHALLOT ALL in SHOT|
|19||INFERNO INFER,NO I noted this as my favourite in the crossword as it made me laugh out loud:
Hell? Guess not (7)
|20||ECHINUS CHIN feature in E[ast] US. I had to google this to find out what kind of sea creature it was – a spiny sea urchin (any relation to Echidna, spiny anteater? No).|
|21||NILOTIC NIL love, OTIC “of a listener” Describes people from the Nile River regions – another word that popped up not that long ago in the Guardian Xword, but I had to strain my brain to spot it|
|22||SHOWMAN Another I need help with. Is it SHOW[BOAT] + [BOAT]MAN with BOAT twice missing?