Posted by smiffy on December 12th, 2008
A healthy assortment of subject matter and chicanery today, with nothing being too obscure (although 22A may have perplexed those who have never dared to cross the threshold of a betting shop).
1 PRO,SIT – the Oktoberfest version of “Cheers”.
5 ME,DIC(IN)E – The indicator for dice (“those with spotty faces”) made me chuckle.
11 T,ERROR – I don’t tend to associate “fluff” with error (I would use “muff”, but maybe that’s a result of living in the US for too long).
12 B(ANAL)IT,Y – Anal as in (…ly retentive), “Yankee” as in the radio call sign.
14 CONSERVATIVE – double def’n
18 LITTLE HITLER – Also the title of a song, by the rakish crooner Nick Lowe.
22 GOING,SON – “Standard” is a type of going on all-weather/equitrack racecourses. The equivalent of “good’ or “good to soft” on regular turf courses.
26 KI,TTEN – (nett,I,K) rev. Another sighting of the rapidly emerging, and much-debated, “thousand”=K device.
27 BR(ASIL,I)A – (I,Lisa) rev in bra. But why wasn’t she wearing it in the first place?
29 E,L,EVEN – an original treatment, although I’m not sure how germane the exclamation mark is.
3 SQUARE CUT – where power meets precision at the popping crease.
4 T(OLE)RANCE – An ultra vague indicator for Ole (“Word from Spaniard”).
5 MA(CAB)RE – a very tidy surface/cryptic tie-in.
6 DROW,N – Again, perhaps I’ve become too American-by-proxy, because “N-word” has only one (very delicate) connotation to me.
8 NEGATIVE – Literal/photographic double def’n.
13 AGA – Do people still write/read Aga Sagas?
15VOLTE FACE (Fact: love)* +E. Come to think of it, this clue rather reads like the synopsis of an Aga Saga.
17 N(I,COT)INE – Our second “single”=I of the day. And a very libertarian definition; I doubt that many smokers (even if hooked) would enjoy being referred to as a “hooker”.
20 IGNOBLE – (being low)* – W. Probably the most ingenious clue of the day here. Good stuff.
24 SIN,AI – the surface reading strikes me as ungrammatical.