Posted by Ciaran McNulty on October 24th, 2008
An interesting grid, dominated by four long Down clues. I managed most of it ok but came unstuck on 6D due to mis-marking it as 6,9 instead of 5,10. A lot of the answers didn’t quite click for me but must be right, I’m sure the commenters will be as eager as ever to set me right on them!
(X) = insertion
(x) = removal
* = anagram
“” = homophone
dd = double definition
1. AUGUSTAN. AU GUST AN. From the period of Augustus I imagine?
2. LARYNX. LY((e)AR)NX. ‘Part of’ is doing double duty in an unsatisfying way.
10. EMIGRÉ. REGIME*. ‘One waiting abroad’ doesn’t seem a very good def but I may be missing something.
11. CHATEAUX. French ‘CHAT + EAU’ + X.
12. STAY. dd.
13. THUMBSCREW. THR(UM + B.Sc.)EW.
15. HANSARD. HANS + A RD. The offical records of the houses of parliament.
16. ABRAHAM. AB + R.A. + HAM. ‘In the bosom of Abraham’ means ‘in heaven’ (roughly).
19. TALK OF THE DEVIL. VODKATHIEFTELL*.
20. CINNABAR. “SINNER” + BAR. An orangey red colour, similar but not the same as vermillion.
22. WHENBY. WHEN BY. Small village in North Yorkshire, I foolishly put in Whitby here at first.
23. INVENT. VENT + IN the wrong way round.
24. STANSTED. STAN’S TED.
1. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND. Dickens novel.
2. HUNGRY AS A HUNTER. HUNGARY A SHUNTER with the ‘a’ moved.
3. STREET CRED. SETTER* + C RED.
4. KNOCK UP. dd. The practice session in tennis and a phrase meaning ‘to wake up in the morning by knocking on the door’ – not to be confused with ‘make pregnant’!
5. FLEA BITE. FLE(A BIT)E.
6. GREEN CHARTREUSE. GREEN CHART RE-USE.
7. INNUMERABLE BEES. INN + (p)UB(m)EALSEBEER *. From ‘Come Down, O Maid’.
14. BUBBLEWRAP. Some sort of homophone – “Bub’ll rap”? Doesn’t quite work for me.
17. OVERUSE. n(OVE)l + RUSE.