Posted by Gaufrid on November 18th, 2008
Rishi is having problems with his computer and has asked me to cover for him. Rather like Friday’s puzzle, this was a mixed bag of the very easy and the rather more obscure, particularly 26d for which I required Wikipedia to confirm. The clue for 9a appears to be deficient.
Edit: Since preparing this blog I have been informed that
the FT crossword editor Neo has notified Neil of the error in 9a. The clue should have read “Old vampire uninitiated take to be mysterious” (see comment #1 for the reason for the alteration to this Edit).
8 RAPIER hidden in ‘foR A PIE Ration’ – ‘tuck’ = ‘rapier’ is confirmed in Chambers
9 ORACULAR O [d]RACULA R – there is nothing in the clue from which to derive the final ‘R’ and it takes two steps (via ‘obscure’) in Chambers to confirm that ‘oracular’ = ‘mysterious’. Edit: see pre-amble and comment #1
10 FEUD F[r]EUD
11 SIDELIGHTS S I DELIGHTS – ‘pieces of incidental information that help to clarify or enliven a subject’ (COED)
12 ACER ACE R[aw]
13 ASPIDISTRA ID IS in *(SPARTA) – is ‘ungoverned’ as an anagram indicator reasonable? Probably, when it is used in its sense of ‘unruly’ or ‘disorderly’
17, 18, 19 TALL SHIPS RACE cd
21 CONAN DOYLE *(ANYONE CO[u]LD)
23 PALE P ALE
24 WAREHOUSED *(WE HAD EUROS)
28 HAND H AND (with)
29 AGRICOLA GR in AI COLA – Gnaeus Julius Agricola, a Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain
30 NUMBER [gordo]N UMBER (brown)
1, 22 VALENCIA ORANGE *(RAVEL ONCE AGAIN)
2 CINDERELLA cd – it’s coming up to the pantomime season again!
3 TRESPASSED TRES (very, in French) PASSE (faded, in both French and English) D (duchess)
4, 14, 27 LORD PRIVY SEAL *(SOLVER RAPIDLY)
5 WALL dd &lit – most appropriate for the FT!
6 BURG GRUB reversed
7, 20 MASTER CYLINDER *(MCINTYRE SADLER) – a familiar term to most engineers and mechanics but perhaps not to FT readers
15 DESCENDANT cd
16 SCRAPE HOME *(REACH EPSOM)
25 ENID hidden in ‘hiddEN IDentity’ – Geraint’s wife in the court of King Arthur
26 OMOO O MOO – the title of a 1847 book by Herman Melville recounting his experiences in the Polynesian Islands