Posted by Ciaran McNulty on January 21st, 2009
Another toughie from Paul. The theme was enjoyable for a film buff, but a few clues didn’t quite sound right for me.
The only solution I couldn’t explain was 22D, but the answer must be right.
* = anagram
dd = double definition
cd = cryptic definition
“” = homophone
< = reversed
9. AITCHBONE. T(I)HEBACON*. A ‘cut’ of meat. ‘Sandwiches’ indicates the I goes inside the anagram.
10. HOFFA. H + OFFA. H is the shape of rugby posts, Offa was an ancient king. ‘With …’ is used throughout to clue ‘a film starring…’, which might upset some people based on past comments, but it seems clear enough to me what’s meant.
11. KIT UP. KIP with (fu)TU(re) in.
12. TOP-DRAWER. dd.
13. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT. cd
14. LIE DOWN. LIED + OWN. You can sort of see what the setter’s going for, but I can’t quite make ‘if copyright of song is yours’ mean ‘song own’ – there’s an IS or something missing.
17. IDIOM. I + DI(O)M.
20. DODGE. DO(D.)GE. A Doge is an old magistrate in Genoua.
21. ENDINGS. (u)NSIGNED*.
22. DRAYAGE. (E.G. + AY + ‘ARD)<. Drayage means ‘transport by cart’.
26. MOWED. “MODE”. Auditor is used in the sense of ‘hearer’.
29. URBAN MYTH. UR BA(N + MY)TH. I think ‘My!’ is used in the sense of an exclamation like ‘Well!’.
1. JACK NICHOLSON. J(AC. + INK< + C.H.)OLSON. Al Jolson was a singer, C.H. is the Companion of Honour. I got this long after guessing a couple of the movie titles.
2. STATER. S + ‘TATER. Ancient Greek coin.
3. THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE. CINEMATOGRAPHYWASN’TWITLESS*.
4. SORT OF. mintS OR TOFfees.
5. ZEPPELIN. Z + E. + (NILE + P.P.)<
6. CHAR. dd.
7. A FEW GOOD MEN. FAMEDEGONOW*.
8. PARR. A young fish, and Catherine Parr was the wife of Henry VIII who survived him.
16. NIECE. NI(E)CE.
18. INDECENT. IN + DE(s)CENT.
19. MISO SOUP. IM< + SO-SO + UP.
22. DANUBE. European is DANE but I can’t explain UB yet…
24. NARK. dd. Means a police informant, and ‘to annoy’.
25. OAST. (t)OAST.
27. DAHL. HAD< + L.