Posted by Gaufrid on November 19th, 2008
Yes, it’s me again though this time back to my scheduled Wednesday spot.
An enjoyable puzzle today with some excellent and entertaining clues. Very little to quibble about except perhaps the use of ‘around’ to give ‘ca’ in 19a but this was more than compensated for by the cleverness of some of the other clues.
1 POSITIVE I in POST I[s] V[ery] E[nthusiastic]
5 CHERUB HER in CUB
9 STRIDENT S[upersonic] TRIDENT
10 CASINO *(A COIN IS)
12 EBONY EBAY with A changed to ON (working)
13 SWEET-TALK cd
14 PIPPIN homophone of ‘pip in’
16 BACKPAY BACK PAY = ‘yap’
19 CALDERA ALDER in CA – ‘lines’ being an insertion indicator. ‘Ca’ is actually ‘about’ but I suppose ‘around’ is near enough
21 SLEUTH *(HUSTLE)
23 RETICULAR U in *(ARTICLE) R
25 TROOP POOR (lacking) T reversed
26 ISOMER *(IS MORE) – a substance, radical or ion isomeric with another; an atomic nucleus having the same atomic number and mass as another or others but a different energy state (Chambers) - obscurum per obscurius to many so here is a, slightly clearer, COED version - each of two or more compounds with the same formula but a different arrangement of atoms in the molecule and different properties.
27 MANTILLA T (head to toe) in MANILLA (strong paper) – a short cloak or ‘wrap’
28 NINETY 6 x 15 and *(INTEN[sit]Y)
29 WELL-BRED BR in WELLED (poured out)
1 POSSET POSSE T[he] – a drink of milk curdled with eg wine, ale or vinegar, formerly used as a remedy for colds etc.
2 SARTORIAL R in SARTORI A L
3 TODAY DOT reversed A Y
4 VENISON SO in VENIN – ‘venin’ is any of the various toxic substances in venom
6 HEARTACHE HE ART AC HE
7 RAITA hidden in ‘portRAIT Artist’ – an Indian dish of chopped vegetables, especially cucumber, in yoghurt
8 BROOKLYN cd – the ‘notable old landmark’ is the Brooklyn Bridge which spans the East River in New York and which was opened 125 years ago. It connects Manhattan with Brooklyn on Long Island.
Edit: What a superb &lit clue! The wordplay is *(YORK B N O L), B N O L being the first letters (leads) of ‘bridge, notable old landmark’. ’New’ is the anagram indicator. Thanks Octofem for persuading me to revisit this clue!
The clue is worth repeating for the benefit of those who have not seen it:
“New York bridge, notable old landmark, leads here”
11, 20 VERBALLY BALL (delivery) in VERY (quite) – even when Cinephile isn’t the setter on a Wednesday we still get a cricketing term!
15 PRESCIENT *(CREEP ISNT) – having foresight
17 POTBOILER PO (river) B in TOILER – a work in art or literature produced merely with regard to saleability, to secure the necessaries of life
18 SCORPION PRO reversed in SCION (shoot) - ’22′ is ‘upward’ which indicates the reversal
21 SURFACE SURF ACE
22 UPWARD UP WARD = ‘draw’
24 THORN THOR N
25 TOTAL TO TAL[k] – to kill or destroy completely (‘write off’)