Posted by Gaufrid on January 21st, 2009
This was similar in a way to the Aardvark I blogged two weeks ago including some ‘different’ indicators, a couple of which I would question, as indicated below, though these didn’t impede the solving process. 11d is something of an enigma as I have been unable to parse it to my satisfaction. The blog would have been posted an hour earlier had it not been for this one clue!
1 FRONTIER ON T (the northern) in FRIER (chip shop worker)
5 SPLICE P (quietly) in SLICE (piece of cake)
9 BRASSICA AS (when) SIC[k] (ill endlessly) in BRA (underwear)
10 OSTLER OST (east, in German) L (lecturer) ER (royal)
12 EDGBASTON D (500) *(BAGS) in ETON (school)
13 AITCH A ITCH (long)
14 LARD hidden in ‘popuLAR Demand’
16 ECHELON C (college) HEL[p] (grant mostly) in *(ONE) – does grant = help? I suppose a college grant does help a student with his/her expenses.
19 RELEASE *(E ALES) in [st]RE[et]
21 ROOK OO (loves) in [d]R[a]K[e]
24 CONGA CON (trick) G[o] A[miss]
25 NISSEN HUT *(UNITS HENS)
27 NOTICE TO reversed in NICE (agreeable)
28 HANG FIRE H[ospital] A *(FINGER)
29 TANDEM AND (joiner) in MET (encountered) reversed
30 NEBRASKA BEN (peak) reversed ASK (quiz) in RA (artist)
1 FABLED F (foot) ABLE (expert) D (departs)
2 ORANGE O[pen] RANGE (cooker)
3 TESSA [submi]T ESSA[y] (written composition spending year)
4 EXCITED C (conservative) in EXITED (left)
6 PISTACHIO *(POS TAI CHI)
7 IDLE TALK L (line) ET AL (other people) in *(KID)
8 EARPHONE E[nhance] *(HARP) ONE – ‘when producing’ as an anagram indicator?
11 KNEE – is this K[itche]N EE (early English)? If so, how does ‘missing’ indicate ‘with centre removed’ or does ‘itche’ mean ‘s or is in some foreign language? Edit: See also comment #3
15 AVALANCHE *(NAVAL) in ACHE (suffer) – ‘engineers’ as an anagram indicator?
17 PRECINCT C-IN-C (army leader) in PRET (ready, in French) – not the most well-known French word!
18 PLANKTON P (penny) N[ap] in *(TALK)
20 ERNE [b]ERNE
21 ROSEATE OS (jack) [scienc]E in RATE (class) – jack = sailor = Ordinary Seaman
22 RHEIMS homophone of ‘reams’ (many papers)
23 STREGA S (son) T[revo]R AGE (mature) reversed – a sweet, bright-yellow Italian liqueur flavoured with herbs
26 ELGAR RAG (tabloid) LE (article abroad) reversed – ‘one used to compose’ = (dead) composer?