Posted by Gaufrid on January 7th, 2009
A mixed bunch today, some sports related clues, some misleading surfaces and some unusual indicators (eg ‘skin’ as an enclosure indicator in 29a). I thought this was a little more difficult than the usual FT and was held up deciphering one or two clues due to the aforementioned surfaces and indicators. Having said that, and to put my comments below into context, I welcome any attempt to get away from the ‘standard’ indicators (though others may not agree) and Aardvark has succeeded in doing so in many places.
9 SPOONBILL OOPS (admission of error) reversed N (new) BILL (account)
10 CREEP C[hat] PEER (aristocrat) reversed – ‘facing’ as a reversal indicator, surely it should be ‘about facing’?
11 BLIGHTY LIGHT (illumination) in BY (past) – ‘home’ or ‘home country’ (military slang)
12 MANHOLE [pl]AN H (hydrant) in MOLE (spy)
13 RYE alternate letters in ‘dRaYmEn’
14 WAR AND PEACE P (parking) in *(A NEW ARCADE) – strictly speaking, ‘confuses’ should be ‘confused’ but this is just another attempt to mislead
17 DITTO DITT[y] (simple song) O (love) – if ‘late’ can mean ‘nearly at the end’ then I suppose the superlative ‘latest’ can equate to ‘the end’ or ‘last’
18 CHI C (clubs) HI (welcome) – Greek letter
19 TAMPA AMP (electronic equipment, amplifier) in TA (army) – a place in Florida
21 CHINESE LEAF *(CAFE IS HELEN) – altenatively this could be *(IS HELEN) in *(CAFE) since there are two anagram indicators. It all depends how you read the initial ‘in’
23 IVY IV (fourth) Y (year) – ‘IV’ is ‘four’ but can it also mean ‘fourth’?
25 DISTAFF hidden reversal in ‘stiFF AT SIDe’ – a stick that holds the bunch of flax, tow or wool in spinning
27 JANITOR *(INTO) in JAR (clash) – ‘bumping’, another unusual anagram indicator
28 NOT ON NOT[i]ON (concept)
29 ERNIE WISE WIEN (wine, in German) reversed in [c]ERISE (cherry-red) – of Morecambe and Wise fame. The last one to go in because, though the answer was obvious, I had a little difficulty parsing the clue.
1 ISOBAR IS (one’s) O (round) BAR (pub)
2 LORIKEET [m]IKE (Michael) in LORE (learning) T[alking] – I wonder about the ‘spends months’ to indicate remove ‘M’
3 ON THE WHOLE homophone of ‘on the hole’
4 WILY WI (group of women) L[aundr]Y
5 CLEMENTINE *(TEN MILE) in C[ommo]N E (bearing)
6 SCAN CANS (tins) with S relocated
7 FEDORA ED (journalist) in FOR A (one)
8 EPHEMERA HEM (edge) ER (hesitating) in APE (mirror) reversed
15 ROCKET FUEL F (female) in (LECTURE OK) – ‘to brandish’ as an anagram indicator’?
16 PATHFINDER *(FAITH) in P[latoo]N DER (the, in German)
17 DECADENT CAD (rogue) in DEE (English flower, river) NT (books)
20 MAINTAIN MAIN (sea) TA (volunteers) IN (at home)
22 IN SITU I (one) *(UNITS)
24 YORKER YORK (house) E[xtol] R[hetorical]
26 ARNO ARNO[ld] – Arnold Palmer the famous golfer – ‘ball finally’ and ‘ending in hazard’ gave the two letters to be removed
27 JUNE JUNE[au] – Juneau, the state capital of Alaska