Posted by Ciaran McNulty on February 13th, 2009
Straightforward for a friday but very pleasing with a nice agricultural theme.
dd = double definition
* = anagram
“” = homophone
(X) = inserted
(x) = deleted
<< = reversed
7. GOVERNOR. dd. A device for regulating speed in an engine, most notably the one developed by James Watt. Apparently also colloquial for ‘father’, according to Chambers.
9. THRESH. THRESH(old). The first agricultural work – to separate grain from the plant.
10. HEMP. H(ous)E + M.P.
11. RAT-CATCHER. CHARACTER* around (eas)T.
12. HARROW. H + ARROW. I liked ‘director’=ARROW. To break up the soil with a harrow.
14. ANNOYING. ANN + (b)OY + IN + (ni)G(ht).
15. DAMSEL. LES MAD <<
17. TRAMPS. TRAM + P(ari)S.
20. SKINHEAD. HESKINDA*.
22. WINNOW. WIN NOW. Separate grain from small particles by throwing it in the air.
23. PRESSING ON. Is record production still called ‘pressing’ nowadays?
24. BAKU. UK AB <<. Capital of Azerbaijan.
25. PLOUGH. Constellation with 7 major stars. To turn ovre the soil with a plough.
26. OVERLOOK. OVER + LOOK.
1. BONEYARD. BONEY + (m)A(d)R(i)D.
2. REAP. (mo)RE AP(ples). To gather in a harvest.
3. ANDREW. ENDWAR*.
4. STRAINER. S + TRAINER.
5. TRACEY EMIN. TRACE + YE + MIN. Artist b. 1963.
6. ASTERN. A + S + TERN.
8. RITUAL. RI(TU)AL. TU is ‘you’ in france, maybe. The Rial is the currency of Iran.
13. ROMANESQUE. QUEERMASON*.
16. EYESIGHT. “I CITE”.
18. STOCKTON. STOCK + NOT<<. A stock is a type of flower.
19. ADAGIO. ADA + G(1)O. Means ‘slow and graceful’.
21. KERALA. A LARK << around E.
22. WINNER. Michael Winner, b. 1935.
24. BALE. B. + ALE. To bale hay into bundles.