Posted by smiffy on January 2nd, 2009
A fairly gentle pipe-opener to start the year off here. Despite an easy solve, I haven’t fathomed the wordplay behind 5D yet and am clutching at straws somewhat on 13A.
4 DOG,MAT,IC – “Coaster”= (drink) mat, probably depending on which socio-economic environment you are quaffing in.
10 CONGE(NI)AL – I loved the piquant surface here: “Like-minded set found around Ulster?”. The question mark is probably not necessary, but to the reading.
11 IDIOT – (I do it)*. A hyper-transparent anagram.
12 DAT,A – A tad (rev).
13 LEG,A,L,EAGLE – I don’t fully see the “standard”= Eagle idea. Must be related to flags in some way. Edit:It’s a military thing, thanks Geoff.
15 L(EOP)ARD – Another tidy surface reading. Re: E.A. Poe.
19 ASY,LUM – (say)*. Lum is a chimney in Scottish. As in the tiding “Lang may yer lum reek”.
21 LIN(ACR)E – One of the more obscure coleges at Oxford, I’d hazard.
23 ALL HALLOWS – (shall allow)*. Again, a bit of a beginner-level anagram.
28 SOUBRETTE – (stout beer)*. According to the online dictionary I referred to, soubrettes tended as a rule to be pert an/or flirtatious.
1 ROCHDALE – The only thing I know about the town is that their football team holds the dubious distinction of having taken up near permanent residence in the bottom division of the league (30-odd years and counting..)
2 FUNCTIONS – double def’n.
3 REEL – homophone of “real”.
5 ORLEANS – AN in ORLES (the sides of a shield in heraldry) Again, thanks Geoff.
6 MAIDEN AUNT – a in (Man United)*
9 BI(G EN)D – The phrase “Your big end’s gone, mate” being one of the more lucrative ones at a mechanic’s disposal.
17 ROCHESTER – “crest hero)*. Reader, she married him.
18 SE(A,N B)EAN – with. Possibly to only man alive whose name looks like it should rhyme but doesn’t.
26 CRIB – initial letters. As in to crib exam notes.