Posted by C G Rishikesh on February 10th, 2009
I had a pleasant outing with this crossword. The left half was the first to fall; then the top right and finally the bottom right.
1 CHANCEL – chance, L
5 PIPING – I put in PAVING before landing on this answer. I don’t get the hang of this clue. (On edit) COPING Thanks to Persephone for this and other corrections. (See Comments below)
8 REMINISCE – MINI in RESCE (anag. of scree)
9 RUMBA – refreshingly new clue, leaving alone bachelor, odd and Burma. Shifting R in umbra to the front.
11 ENROL – anag. of loner
12 ESTIMATOR – anag of ‘riot teams’ – Should a compiler avoid an anagram clue next to another in a set of clues? Opinions invited.
13 SURVIVAL – viva ( exam, from ‘viva voce’) in SURL(-y)
15 CUDGEL – cud, gel – Stick is verb in surface reading and noun in word required
17 ELAPSE – (-r)ELAPSE
19 SANTIAGO – san, anti, go (journey, v.). I have no prob with ‘school head’ yielding S.
22 POTENTIAL – anag. of ‘toilet pan’. Can a nounal anagrind follow the anag fodder? Again, I have no prob. After all the surface reading is so good and the intent of the clue-writer patent.
23 DRILL – D, rill. Another neat and concisely written clue.
24 RINSE – telescopic in beeR IN Serbia’. Because of seamless surface reading one does not realise immediately that this is a hidden clue.
25 DEPRESSED – press in deed (doing). When one is in depressed circumstances one is in need. If I tell someone that I am depressed, people would only think that I am sad, not needy.
26 BAREST – BA, rest. I don’t know how [to] bank = rest. (On edit) BARELY – BA, rely (to bank). Read “Graduate” gets “to bank”.
27 NURSERY – (U, rser*) in NY – Another clue with smooth surface reading.
1 CARPET-SWEEPER – Ah, I got the explanation just at this moment of writing! The def. is ‘cleaner’. The wordplay is carpets (reprimands), weeper (keener – one who keens)
2 ADMIRER – A d(mire)r. – Concise and neat clue.
3 CANAL – If the passage had been whole-heartedly erotic it would have been carnal. Alas, it’s not!
4 LAS VEGAS – ‘vega’ in ‘lass’
5 PRESTO – I got the answer without difficulty but the justification eludes me. E may be from the drug. But the ‘container’ part I don’t get. I take ‘found’ (as in ‘hey presto!’) to be the def. (On edit) CREATE – E in ‘crate’
6 PARAMOUNT – par, amount
7 NAME-TAG – rev. of gate man (with the novel def.’access supervisor’).
10 APRIL FOOLS’ DAY – (A floor display)* – Good anag. fodder but a hackneyed anagrind – We have to wait for some months for the occasion to come. “Our revels now are ended”.
14 INSINCERE – lovely word breakup – in, since, RE
16 CALL UPON – Good surface reading – in COUPON, take out O and put in all
18 ANTENNA – rev. clue – girl (Anne), yes but smoker? – The explanation beats me. (On edit) We have to forget Anne. It’s rev. of ANN, ETNA (the volcano)
20 AT ISSUE – another good breakup – a, tissue
21 Not solved. (On edit) TID(DL)Y – DL, rev. of LD. in TIDY (groom, n.)
23 DREAR – D, rear (tower, one that tows)