Posted by Ciaran McNulty on November 21st, 2008
Quite easy for a friday, I thought. Straightforward and well constructed, with a lot of anagrams.
* = anagram
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
7. LADIES MAN. ASEMILAND*. Never sure if there’s an apostrophe in that phrase, or if so where.
8. CORNS. SCORN with the start letter moved to the end.
9. BOOK OF JOB. dd. Book of the Bible.
10. LEVER. dd. A control, and William Hesketh Lever (or maybe his brother James) as in Lever Brothers.
12. REPEAL. ALEPER*.
13. UNIVERSE. INREVUES*. The online edition had an oddly placed hyphen in the clue but I suspect it’s just a holdover from the print version.
14. ERASURE. ERA + SURE.
15. THE REST. THERE’S + T. I don’t like definitionless clues like this that rely on ellipses.
20. FACE PACK. dd
22. REPUTE. REP + UTE. A ute is aussie slang for a utility vehicle.
24. NYMPH. NYM + P.H. Nym was a ‘follower of Falstaff’ in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
25. STILL ROOM. dd. A still room is a room for storing liquor.
26. MITRE. MERIT*
27. THACKERAY. T + HACK + YEAR*
1. CAPOTE. TOECAP*
2. SICKNESS. cd.
3. USEFUL. UFUELS*. Presumably ‘smart’ is U?
4. BAROQUE. BAR(O)QUE. A barque is a type of boat.
5. POPEYE. POPE + YE.
6. INVERSE. IN VERSE. Presumably popeye was depicted in songs.
11. NIGH. NIGH(t)
15. READY-MIX. DREAMY* + IX.
16. REAP. fi REAP pliances.
18. REPORTER. TERROR* around E.P.
19. SKETCHY. SK(ETCH)Y. Clue seems to be missing an ‘in’ or ‘about’.
21. EMPIRE. E(M.P.)IRE.
22. RELICT. (e)LECTRI*(c).
23. THOMAS. MATHSO*. Thomas More.