Posted by Ciaran McNulty on November 5th, 2008
I rattled through this fairly quickly and have filled the grid with convincing-looking answers, but a few of the exact reasons escape me. I decided to blog it anyway rather than wait and work them out, on the grounds that it’ll spark conversation and that’s half the fun of this site.
* = anagram
(x) = removal
(X) = insertion
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
8. ALLSPICE. (beat)L(e) + SPECIAL*.
9. MOHAIR. MO(zart) + HAIR.
10. LEAR. dd
11. ALTARPIECE. CLAREPIETA*
12. FINALE. raF IN ALExandria
14. RINGWORM. cd
15. ADVANCE. dd
17. CHEMIST. CH. + TIMES*
20. STICKER. S + TICKLER.
22. FINISH. dd
23. ACCIDENTAL. dd. In music, sharps and flats are ‘accidentals’
24. SAIL. ? Sal is salt, but not in the sense of a sailor…
25. SETTLE. dd
26. CROSSING. dd. I had thought it was spelt PeLiCon but Pelican is in common usage.
1. BLUEBIRD. BLUE + BIRD
2. USER. caUSE Riot.
3. PIRATE. ‘Rover’ was a term for a pirate.
4. WESTERN. WE + STERN.
5. AMARANTH. Both a real plant and an idealised undying one.
6. CHAIRWOMAN. CHA(I)RWOMAN. daily = servant = charlady.
7. PINCER. PRINCE*
13. ANARCHISTS. ? Seems to be a not-very cryptic def, unless there’s more going on
16. COLLEGES. ? Jesus fellowships might allude to religious colleges?
18. SESSIONS. cd.
19. CRITICS. cd.
21. TUCKER. Little Tommy Tucker, tucker is a type of bib.
22. FELLOW. Robin Goodfellow is Puck, a mischievous sprite.
24. SASH. (i)S + ASH.