Posted by Gaufrid on January 28th, 2009
A definite challenge today due to the Oxford College theme and some unfamiliar words. I found it difficult to get into the puzzle until the significance of ‘OC’ emerged and 7a/8d held me up for a while at the end (along with trying to parse 2d). I should have recognised the theme more quickly because there was a similar one some months ago. I have been unable to resolve 2d to my satisfaction (Edit: now sorted, thanks Eileen) and I also wonder about the correct interpretation of 16d.
10a is two clues in one, two definitions (conformity and agreement) and two sets of wordplay.
1 SCHOOLROOM SCHOOL (fish) MOOR (leave boat) reversed
7,15 BESTOWED cd
9 ALBI hidden in ‘cardinAL BIshops’ – the town in France noted for its heresy in the Middle Ages
10a ACCORDANCE CORD (matter for binding) AN (article) in A C (catholic) CE (church)
10b ACCORDANCE A CC (cricket club) OR (alternative) DANCE (ball)
11 HELLAS HELL (underworld) AS (when)
12 ABOVE PAR cd
13 HERTFORD HER (female) T FORD (model car)
17 ALSO A LSO (lot of capital musicians, London Symphony Orchestra)
19 NEAR EAST AREA (region) in NEST (home)
22 INCHCAPE IN CH (church) C[hurch] APE (primate) – another name for the infamous Bell Rock
23 DWIGHT D (democrat) WIGHT (old man, archaic word for person) – reference to Dwight D Eisenhower
25 COCO CHANEL COCO (nut) CHA[n]NEL (La Manche)
26 DOGE DOG (animal) E (English)
27 KNEE K (monarch) NEE[d] (unfulfilled want)
28 MAYONNAISE MAY (month) NA (sodium) IS in ONE
2 COLLEGE COL (pass) LEGE[s] (laws without end) – leges is the plural of lex as confirmed in Collins (but not Chambers or COED). Edit: parsing corrected thanks to Eileen’s comment #1.
LEG (laws, abbreviation for legislation) [th]E (end for the) – if this is the parsing (and I don’t think it is) then ‘without’ is superfluous. I can find no way of supporting LEGE[?] which is the way the clue reads.
3 ORIEL ORIEL (light, a type of window)
4 LEAF SPOT *(FALSE) POT (container) – ‘result of’ to indicate an anagram?
5 ONCE AND ONCE ONLY N (pole) in OCEAN (sea) DON (Russian river) *(Ceylon) – ‘product of’ as an anagram indicator?
6 MERTON R (right) TO in MEN (fellows)
7 BRASENOSE BRA (supporter) NOS (numbers) in SEE (observe)
8 SACCADE A CC (small amount) in SADE (Marquis de Sade)
14 TOOTHSOME TO *(HOT) SOME (a few)
16 MAGDALEN DALE (valley) in MAGN[a] or MAGN[ificent] (great opening) – ‘magna’ as in Magna Carta and magna cum laude
18 LINCOLN L (left) IN L (left) in CON (scam)
20 ST HUGHS THUG (man of violence) in SH (don’t talk) S (society)
21 WADHAM WAD (bun) HAM (meat)
24 INDIA hidden in ‘certaIN DIAmeter’