Posted by smiffy on November 7th, 2008
On of the more tractable of late from Bradman. Not that I’m complaining, as I was strapped for time this morning and feared a more protracted than average solving time. In the interests of not posting too late in the day (again!), I’ll post a skeletal, solutions-only blog here now and return to flesh it out later.
1 NOT,E(C)ASE – thelast to go in for me, due to slownessin realising “affluence” = ease
10 GO AL,O,NG – Personally, I’m more familiar with “Go ahead” or “Come along” in this context,but they’re all much of a muchness.
12 THEME – The only theme in this puzzle, from what I can see.
13 BRIDLEWAY – Homophone of “bridal”, and a no holds barred surface reading!
14 I,L-LUST,RATION -I’m curious as to where the device of the stuttering clue (to indicate a double letter) originated. In the interests of fairness, shouldn’t we occasionally hope to encounter other speech impediment clue, such as lisps?
18 A,MP,HIT,HEAT,RE – An impressively lengthy string of components, but a tad clunky.
21 HELIOSTAT -(I slot heat)*
23 DUN,CE – Dun = to pursue for payment, is a useful snippet to store away. It usually needs dusting down for use at least a couple of times a year.
24 LOU(DES)T -I’m not the greatest fan of “little” to denote abbreviated forms of peoples names, but everything in moderation I suppose.
25 E-MOTION – “On the computer” is meant to suggest the prefix e-, as in Ebay.
27 ES(SEX) MAN – first time I’ve encountered “hanky panky” as a wordplay element and not an answer.
1 NEGATE – hidden
2 TRACER -double def’n
3 CHOU EN LAI – (Hanoi clue)*. , The first premier of China (People’s Republic incarnation) although probably better known with a Z instead of a C in his name.
4 SAGEBRUSH STATE – Most US states have signature flowers and insects (and in some cases reptiles!)
7 HOLY WRIT – (worthily)*. A apposite anagram.
8 WOR,RYING – (row)rev + [-t]rying.
9 CHRISTMAS TREES – charade
15 A,E(RODROM)E – “doom-laden area”= Mordor, from the Lord of the Rings.
16 C(A,CHA)LOT -a.k.a. the sperm whale.
22 O,P,ERA – a simple but effective coda.