Posted by C G Rishikesh on January 6th, 2009
Since I started writing here, this is the first time I am encountering Moodim.
I enjoyed doing the puzzle.
1 RAISED EYEBROWS - two def. – Pleasing clue; the arch of the eyebrows when women return from the beauty parlour after having had the hair growth “plucked” (or whatever the term is) is pronounced, so I have myself gasped sometimes.
10 ACT UP - a c(t)up
11 SHELF LIFE - Pleasing wordplay. But the long second definition is so explicit that one can solve the clue with just that.
(On edit) The wordplay is provided in a comment below.
12 PILGRIM – rev. of rim, G, lip. Nice surface reading.
13 DREDGER – Evokes a plausible image – dr., edge, R – dr. for driver is recorded in Chambers though I have never seen it used anywhere. Nor dr. for drummer. Dr. for Drive (as in street names) is understandable.
14 NIECE – ni(E)ce – the wordplay is old hat but the clue wording is new.
16 ADDICTION – Nice clue – a d(D)iction
19 PAY PACKET - pay, packet – is breakup like this permissible?
20 RICIN – (p)ricin(g) – Don’t have murder on your mind but Wikipedia informs: Ricin is a protein toxin that is extracted from the castor bean (Ricinus communis).The U.S. Centers for Disease Control gives a possible minimum figure of 500 micrograms (about the size of a grain of salt) for the lethal dose of ricin in humans if exposure is from injection or inhalation.
22 OUSTING – ou(S)ting – If R is for river in maps, S is for Sun in drawings of the solar system, perhaps.
25 INSIGHT – sounds like “inn cite”. (On edit, correcting a typo) “inn site”.
27 FORMALISE – did you juggle with “emails are”? for, malise (anag. of emails)
28 OLIVE – rev. of evil, o. Can’t imagine how the tree was returned; perhaps it was a sapling then.
29 REPRESENTATION – did you think ‘operates’ was the anagrind? Anag. of “intern operates”, ‘works’ being the anag. signal.
2 ARTILLERY – art(ill)ery
3 SUPER -su(p)per – I need help to understand what a ‘poncy start’ is.
4 DISEMBARK - Very good surface reading. I solved it after I got a couple of crossings and saw ‘land’ (v.) in the clue. I am yet to work out the wordplay. Perhaps someone will comment.
(On edit) See below.
5 YIELD – Excellent wordplay for this frequently occurring word in crosswords. – Y,ield (anag. of ‘idle’)
6 BUFFET CAR – buff, etcar (anag. of ‘react’)
7 OWING – (v)owing
8 SWEAR IN - did you think this was a reversal clue? – anag. of ‘a new sir’ – Is ‘arising’ a valid anag. signal? Why not? When ‘arising’ has the sense ‘rising up’.
9 DAMPEN – dam (rev. of ‘mad’), pen – In wordplay ‘flipping’ = ‘turning over’ but in surface reading it is = nasty.
15 ERADICATE – Veteran solvers needn’t read the clue beyond ‘puss’: that’s an excuse for my not fully working out the involved anno!
17 DETRIMENT – ‘trime’, anag. of ‘merit’, in dent
18 INCOGNITO – Good surface reading. incognit (anag. of ‘noticing’), o – ‘doctor’ is the anagrind. Is “is” obtrusive in wordplay? Comment sought.
19 PROFFER – PR, offer
21 NUTMEG – nut, Meg (the first time that I came across this female name was in a poem titled ‘Meg Merrilees’ that I read in school).
24 GUISE – “guys”
26 SCOOT – s, coot